Williams, Grady Pascal

U.S. Army Paratrooper Was A CPA For Over 47 Years

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Grady Pascal Williams
Grady Pascal Williams

Grady Pascal Williams, 87, of Signal Mountain, Tennessee, went home to the Lord on Monday, March 21, 2022, and heaven gained a faithful and humble servant.

He was born in Sequatchie Valley where he grew up on a farm.  He graduated from Bledsoe County High School in 1953 and went on to Tennessee Tech University where he graduated with a degree in accounting with honors.

He started his career in Chattanooga at the accounting firm of Hazlett, Lewis, and Bieter.  He loved being a CPA and spent over 47 years with HLB.  While working with HLB, he took a two-year leave for military service as a U.S. Army Paratrooper Infantry Officer and was honorably discharged as a Captain.  Grady officially “retired” from being a CPA when he was 80, but spent many hours at home helping friends and family with their taxes up to the day of his passing.

He learned to love the Lord at an early age and was actively involved at the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church as a Deacon, Sunday School Superintendent, and Elder.

He had a passion for serving and became involved in many civic and philanthropic organizations over the last 50 years including Chairman of the United Way Campaign, the United Way Board, President of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, and the Advisory Board for Tennessee Tech University where a scholarship fund is established in his name. Grady never turned down an opportunity to get involved and to help others with his time and resources.

Later in his career he became one of the organizers of Capital Mark Bank in Chattanooga and served on its Board of Directors.  One of his last accomplishments was co-chairing the fundraising for the Erlanger Children Hospital expansion in 2018.

Grady loved being active and spent hours working in the yard on weekends, usually with begrudging help from his sons.  He loved playing tennis for many years in the backyard on Signal Mountain with his Saturday morning buddies.  He loved the Vols and rarely missed watching a TN game of any sport.   He loved vacations with the family and spending time at the lake and never found a seafood platter that he did not like. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Mayme Williams; sisters Marie Williams Bickford and Velma Williams Holland; brothers Cecil Williams and Thomas Williams.

He is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-two years, Phyllis Williams, brother Franklin Williams; sons Grady (Kim) Williams, David (Michele) Williams; grandchildren Luke Hill, Justin Hill, Will Williams, Katie (Mitchell) Gentry, Megan Williams, and great granddaughter Emmie Hill. 

The funeral service will be held on Friday, March 25, at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church, 612 James Boulevard, Signal Mountain, Tn. 37377.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 24, from 5-7 p.m. in Dudley Hall of the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church Margaret Ferguson Scholarship fund, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in care of EHS Foundation, 975 E. 3rd St., Suite 508, Chattanooga, Tn. 37403, or the Grady P. Williams Endowed Scholarship by contacting Tennessee Tech University Foundation, P.O. Box 1915, Cookeville, Tn. 38505.

Visit www.heritagebattlefield.com to view the memorial tribute and share words of comfort with the family.

Arrangements are entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory, Battlefield Parkway.

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