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May 16, 1957

Dr. Fredrick N. “Fred” Williams, 79, whose office and home were at 703 Walnut street, Mt. Vernon, and whose medical  practice extended over a half century and included World War I U.S. Army Medical Corps service in Europe, died at 6 p.m. Wednesday (15 May 1957) in Welborn Memorial Baptist Hospital in Evansville.


The Posey county native of pioneer parentage whose father Dr. J. B. Williams, was a local physician, returned to Posey county after years of absence in 1945 and had practiced since at Manatee, Fla., in the winter and early spring and in Mt. Vernon the remainder of the year.


He and his wife returned to Mt. Vernon from Florida May 1.  Two days later, he entered the Evansville hospital.  An autopsy was scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.


The body is at Weisinger Funeral Home.


Funeral arrangements await further word from a daughter of the deceased, Mrs. Don Whoberry, Palmetto, Fla., who is expected in Mt. Vernon late Friday.  (Burial was in Bellefontaine Cemetery.)


Survivors include the wife nee Leah Rowe, of Hartford, Mich., whom Dr. Williams married in 1949 following the death of his first wife, the former Della York, of Posey county; the daughter, Mrs. Don Whoberry ; four grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Luther Ludlow, of near Mt. Vernon, and Mrs. Homer Arnold, Rockville, Ind.


In addition to his professional affiliations, Dr. Williams, was a member of Beulah lodge, No 578 Mt. Vernon Free & Accepted Masons; Sunbeam chapter, No. 1, Mt. Vernon, Order of Eastern Star; the 32nd degree Masonic Scottish Rite consistory and Shrine at Grand Rapids, Mich., and Woodmen of the World.


The deceased was born in the Grafton community northwest of Mr. Vernon, a son of Dr. J. B. Williams and Lucile Barton Williams, both natives of Posey County.


He attended Mt. Vernon High school and following graduation from Louisville, Ky., Medical College in 1911 began his professional practice in Tell City, Ind.


He served in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Army in World War I, much of the time in the European theater.


After military service he resumed his practice in Hartford, Mich., remaining there until his return to Posey county and location in Mt. Vernon in 1945.  His first wife died following his return to his native community.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers