April 25, 2014

William Reece McWilliams Sr.

William Reece McWilliams Sr. entered the Church Triumphant on Thursday, April 24, 2014, after a brief illness.

Affectionately known as Mac, he was born on Aug. 21, 1918, to Shelley Neal McWilliams and Naomi Morse McWilliams in Dalton.

Mac will be remembered by all who knew him for his keen intellect, unwavering loyalty, a kind and generous spirit, his gentle sense of humor, unassuming humility and a constant love of God, family and all things Georgia Tech. After graduation from Dalton High School, Mac enrolled at Georgia Tech and earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1941. Mac served his country during World War II in the Army Ordnance Division in the United States and Italy from 1942-1945, and he achieved the rank of major. Mac earned a second degree from Georgia Tech in its first industrial engineering class in 1946. In 1947, Mac began his professional career at Columbia Cooling & Heating Co. Inc., and later served as its president and CEO. In business, as in life, Mac’s credo was “Always try to do what is right.” This outlook on life earned him the respect of his colleagues and peers. He was a life member of the National Society of Professional Engineers and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers. Mac served as president of the Mechanical Contractors Association of South Carolina from 1975-1976 and was a longtime member of the Columbia Sertoma Club. Mac was also an ordained elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and served as chair of the Building Committee for Thompson Hall at Eastminster Presbyterian Church and was also scoutmaster for Eastminster’s Boy Scout Troop 10.

Mac is survived by his wife, Anne Kay, and three stepdaughters, Cindy Ouzts (Steve), Kay Rowe (Shuford) and Sheila Arnold (John). Mac is also survived by his sons, William Reece McWilliams Jr., M.D. (Sally), Wilson Greene McWilliams, M.D. (Katherine), and Robert Hall McWilliams (Susi); grandsons, William Reece McWilliams III, M.D. (Lauren), Phillips Lancaster McWilliams (Christy), Andrew Legare McWilliams, James Wilson McWilliams, Peter Everett McWilliams, Robert Hall McWilliams Jr., Larry Pedrick McWilliams and John Bennett McWilliams; and great-grandsons, William Reece McWilliams IV and Walker Burke McWilliams. Mac was predeceased by his first wife, Josephine Hall Greene, to whom he was married from 1943 to 2005; two sisters, Lois McWilliams Powell and Rebecca Ruth McWilliams; and a brother, Shelley Morse McWilliams Sr.

The funeral for Mac will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m. at Shandon Presbyterian Church.

The family will receive friends at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, today from 6 to 8 p.m.

The family would like to thank the South Carolina Presbyterian Communities and Lighthouse Hospice Group for their loving care for Mac in his final days.

The family requests that memorials be made to the South Carolina Presbyterian Communities, 700 DaVega Drive, Lexington, SC 29073; or Shandon Presbyterian Church, 607 Woodrow St., Columbia, SC 29205.

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Dunbar Funeral Home, Columbia, S.C., is handling arrangements.

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