Williams, Charles W. age 84, of Powell- an engineer & scientist, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 11, 2016. He received his BSEE and MS degrees from the University of Tennessee in 1959 and 1963. He spent a number of years with Mead Research Labs and Oak Ridge National Laboratory developing research instruments before joining EG&G Ortec in 1963, rising to the role of R&D Manager and Division General Manager.
The scientific community first recognized him for his work in the area of sub-nanosecond time derivation and measurement instrumentation for nuclear research, specializing in X-ray elemental analysis, biomedical research and nuclear medicine.
Among his most notable leadership achievements are the development of the world's first portable Gold Assayer for the South African Chamber of Mines and the development and production of the first commercially viable PET system.
He published over 40 technical papers in the field of general engineering and specifically in the world of nuclear medicine. He was a registered Professional Engineer and was honored by the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) by being named a Life Fellow.
While Chuck was internationally known for his work in the scientific realm, he was far better known locally as husband, father and devout Christian. Chuck was a deacon, trustee, church clerk and gifted bible teacher for Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. He spent his remaining years as an active member of First Baptist Church of Powell. His belief in Christ was the axle around which his entire life revolved, for sharing his belief with others was the greatest joy in his life.
Survivors: wife of 56 years, Nancy Rhea Williams; sons and daughters-in-law, Brent and Dr. Jeanne Williams; Brian and Rachael Williams; grandchildren, David Williams, Brittany Corrigan and Wesley Williams, Alex and Zachary Hartsell, Lucy, Libby and Lyndee Williams; great grandchildren, Charlie and Augie Corrigan; former daughter-in-law, Katy Rider Williams; a host of nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Powell followed by a 12:00 p.m. funeral service with Pastor Phil Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Highland memorial Park. Serving the family, Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway.
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