Charles Vaughan Williams, former Smyrna School District Superintendent, and beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 15, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, surrounded by family. He was 91.

Charles Vaughan Williams, former Smyrna School District Superintendent, and beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully on Monday, September 15, at the Delaware Hospice Center in Milford, surrounded by family. He was 91.

Born on July 30, 1923 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Williams was the only child of the late Charles and Kathryn Williams. Raised in Scranton, he graduated from St. John’s High School in 1941, and attended the University of Scranton.

Less than two years after starting college, on February 19, 1943, Williams enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of 19, and served his country until August 15, 1945, during World War II in the 83rd Infantry Division. He participated in the European Theater of Operations and was wounded twice; first in France and again in Germany. He was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with V Device and Combat Infantry Badge for his service.

On his return to civilian life, Williams completed his education at the University of Scranton and graduated in 1947. He then moved to Smyrna, Delaware where he served the Smyrna School District for four decades as teacher, coach, principal and superintendent.

Williams began his career at John Bassett Moore School where he taught English for six years and coached football, basketball and track. In 1953 he earned his Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Delaware and became the Smyrna School District High School Principal, a position he held for 12 years, before becoming the Assistant Superintendent, then Superintendent in 1967, where he served for 18 years.

In 1960 Williams was selected to participate in the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program and spent time in France and Finland conducting educational research in those countries.

A long-time high school sports enthusiast and former Smyrna Athletic Director, after his retirement from the Smyrna School District, Williams served as Executive Secretary of the Henlopen Conference for 14 years where he initiated and implemented consolidated buys of sports equipment for the downstate Delaware schools. On September 23, 1994, the Football Field at Smyrna High School was dedicated to Williams.

Williams is survived by his beloved wife of sixty-three years, Ruth Webb Williams. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children, their spouses and four grandchildren. Karen Williams Miller and her husband, Kurt Miller, reside in Bethesda, Maryland; they have two children, Kathryn and Karoline Miller. C. Kevin Williams and his wife, Debbie McDonald Williams, reside in Odenton, Maryland; they have two children, Ashley Williams Roberts, married to Ron Roberts, and Brittany Williams.

 A viewing will be held on Thursday, September 18 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, September 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Polycarp’s Roman Catholic Church, 135 Ransom Lane, Smyrna, Delaware. Burial will be at Milford Community Cemetery (formerly Odd Fellows Cemetery), Route 113 in Milford.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Smyrna School District Scholarship Fund at 82 Monrovia Avenue, Smyrna, Delaware 19977.

To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.matthewsbryson.com.

Arrangements are by Matthews-Bryson Funeral Home, 123 W. Commerce Street, Smyrna, Delaware.