David Williams

(Source: Vanderbilt University)

The funeral services for former Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams will be held on Friday.

Williams died on Friday at age 71 one week after his official retirement as athletics director.

“The family of David Williams II would like to thank everyone for the words of support and love during this tough time,” Williams’ family said in a statement. “We are heartbroken by the passing of our beloved husband, father and friend. Yet our hearts have been warmed by the many expressions of love.”

The service for Williams will be held Friday at Temple Church, 3810 Kings Ln, Nashville, and are open to the public. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. followed by the funeral service at 1:15 p.m.

Williams had announced in September 2018 that he would be stepping down from his role as athletics director and vice chancellor for athletics and university affairs. His last day as athletics director was Jan. 31. He was going to continue in his role as a tenured professor at the Vanderbilt University Law School.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Perry E. Wallace Jr. Basketball Scholarship at Vanderbilt University.

Donations can be made by sending a check to the Perry E. Wallace Jr. Basketball Scholarship, Vanderbilt University Gift and Donor Services, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville, TN 37240-7727, donate online or call the National Commodore Club at 615-322-4114.

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