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George Loid Williams, Jr.

August 9, 1942 — January 17, 2024

Pisgah Forest, North Carolina

George Loid Williams, Jr.

George Loid Williams Jr., 81, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2024 in Flat Rock, North Carolina. He was the son the late George and Arlie Williams and the oldest of four siblings. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his son, Karl Loid Williams, who passed away in 2003; as well as his two sisters. 


He met Kathie Kate at a high school party in 1963, where they immediately fell in love. He followed her to the College of Wooster and they married two years later. After serving honorably in the Vietnam War where he was stationed on the U.S.S. Vesole, he returned and worked in sales in the glass and glazing industry.


George and Kathie moved from West Palm Beach, Florida to Brevard more than 30 years ago with their family. Here, George worked as an owner and operator of the Brevard Glass Company for many years. Since George was a very industrious person who was skilled in many different areas, he then closed the glass shop and started West Main Development with his son, David. Together, they developed many different buildings around the Brevard area and gave old houses a new life. 

George stumbled into the chocolate business, opening Downtown Chocolates after teaching himself how to make everything from scratch.  The “accidental chocolatier” could often be spotted sitting on the bench in front of the chocolate shop having conversations with anyone who needed a friend or helping hand. He had an extremely open heart and was always generous and understanding. Many people in the community felt his positive impact. 

Launching his coaching career when his kids were old enough to play sports, he later spent more than 10 years coaching the Brevard College men’s basketball team as an assistant coach. Much of his life was spent coaching those around him. 

If you spent any time around George, you would know of his love for his family, the Atlanta Braves and hip-hop. You would also know the sound of his signature whistle. It was always a welcoming sound because you knew he was close and it was always a joy to engage in conversations with him.

He is survived by wife, Kathie Williams, his daughter, Jennifer Brandenburg, son, David Williams, his two granddaughters, Erika and Abby Williams and his brother Dixon. He is also survived by their spouses; Scott Brandenburg, Jennifer Williams and Joseph Hoitela. 

His family loved him more than anything and will always know he is nearby when they feel the urge to whistle a tune or reach out to others in support. 

A celebration of life will be held at the Square Root on Sunday, Jan. 28. Anyone who would like to celebrate George is welcome to attend between 1-3 p.m.

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