Mack Singleton Williams, a retired Army sergeant and active member of Lochearn Presbyterian Church, died of cancer Oct. 8 at Catonsville Commons nursing home. The Lochearn resident was 91.
Born and raised in Conway, S.C., Sergeant Williams attended Tuskegee Institute, where he became acquainted with George Washington Carver, the famed African-American agricultural chemist and agronomist.
"He remembered him working in the science laboratory and how he always took time to talk to students as he walked across campus," said Evelyn W. McIntosh, a longtime friend and retired Baltimore educator.
Sergeant Williams earned a bachelor's degree in 1932 from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. He began his career in the 1930s as a teacher and later was principal of a segregated elementary school in Conway.
In 1943, he enlisted in the Army and served in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II. He later served at Fort Sill, Okla., Fort Chaffee, Ark., and Fort Bragg, N.C., before retiring in 1964 with the rank of staff sergeant.
He moved to Baltimore in the 1950s and had lived most of the years since in Lochearn.
A longtime member of Lochearn Presbyterian at 3800 Patterson Ave., Sergeant Williams had been vice moderator of the deacons, an elder and chairman of the board of trustees. He also served on committees of the Presbytery of Baltimore and was a member of the Presbyterian Men and the National Council of Presbyterian Men.
"His life was rich with love and compassion," said Mrs. McIntosh, also of Lochearn.
Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow at Lochearn Presbyterian.
Sergeant Williams' wife of 54 years, Mildred Andrews, died in 1994. He is survived by two nieces.