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Roland Bourie Williams, 75, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Dawn Lowrance Williams, died Thursday morning, September 30, 2021, at his home with his devoted wife at his side.

Born in Macon, Georgia on December 25, 1945 to Francis E. Williams Jr. and Elizabeth Anderson Williams.

Predeceased by both parents and his brother Francis E. Williams III (Fran).

He graduated from Stratford Academy, then Emory University and received a Master’s in English from The University of Cincinnati. He then spent the next four years in the Air Force and became a Captain.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia Law School where he was a member of The Order of the Coif. He married and moved to Savannah and was a law clerk for U.S District Judge A.A. Lawrence and finally joined Hunter Maclean Exley & Dunn, becoming a partner there.

He was a member of St. John’s Church in Savannah where he was senior warden twice. He was appointed Chancellor of The Diocese of Georgia by the Rt. Rev. Harry W. Shipps and held that position for 13 years.

Roland also served on the Executive committee of the Savannah Symphony Society and the Executive committee of the Savannah Bar Association.

Special gratitude to Dr. Grant Lewis, Lucinda and David Schultz, Patti Emfinger, Jackie, Tamika, and the entire staff of the Lewis Cancer Center, and Hospice Savannah.

There will be a small family service on Saturday, October 2, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. John’s Episcopal Church – One West Macon Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401 or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – Suite 220, 340 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

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  1. Arnold Young & Ruth Young says:

    Roland was a law clerk along with Ruth for Judge Lawrence; and afterward joined HunterMaclean where we were all partners and worked together. Roland was always nice and a genuinely kind person, which kindness extended to everyone.
    He will be missed.
    Our condolences to Dawn.
    Ruth and Arnold Young

  2. Saunders Aldridge says:

    Roland and Dawn were among the nicest and most gentle individuals I have ever known. I recall many enjoyable adventures with them usually involving a small group of Hunter Maclean associates as we explored the wonders of the coast and surrounding areas. Can never recall an unkind word from or about him.
    He was a good man.
    My condolences to Dawn
    Saunders Aldridge

  3. Carolyn Woods Usher Oxenrider says:

    Dear Dawn:
    Please accept my deepest sympathy. I pray that God will comfort you with peace and love.
    Carolyn (Cooper)

  4. Stephen Landers says:

    Cousin Roland was a great and generous man.I am truly sorry for your loss,Dawn.Lee and Frank.You are all in my prayers as you navigate the difficult road of loss ahead.If I xan be of any assistance at any time,please do not hesitate to contact me.

  5. David Carson says:

    The strife is o’er, the battle done;
    the victory of life is won;
    the song of triumph has begun.

    Rest in Peace, old friend. Deepest sympathy, Dawn.
    Debbie and David Carson

  6. John Maclean says:

    Working with Roland was a great experience. He was was incredibly nice and kind. He had a great command of the English language and was a great writer. He also was smart and figured out how to beat me in racquet ball. My last game was a loss to him. The world will miss him.


  7. Darrin McCullough says:

    I worked with Roland at Hunter Maclean from 1988 until 1998. He was a quintessential gentleman, an out standing lawyer, and just a really nice guy. Condolences to his lovely wife Dawn.

  8. Emily Garrard says:

    Roland interviewed me for a job at Hunter Maclean in 1986. I was hired. He was a kind, gentle man. I saw him several years ago at a grocery store, it was so good to see him. He set a wonderful example for good manners and kindness.

  9. Don Waters says:

    Roland was a very kind, generous, highly ethical, and intelligent man. This was reflected in his approach to our law practice. We met at UGA where he was considered among the brightest in the law school. Cindy and I were pleased to spend time with Roland and Dawn, sharing meals, good conversation and, on occasion, books from his prodigious library. Rest in peace,
    Don and Cindy Waters

  10. Lee Wright says:

    Roland was very kind and nice person. I enjoyed working many many years with him at Hunter Maclean. Is such a gentle person. Dawn you and your family are in my prayers. Lee Wright

  11. Marvin & Suzie Fentress says:

    Roland was a mentor and friend, and one of the finest people I ever met. He was the recruiting partner at Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn when I graduated in 1986, perhaps noticing me because I listed wine collecting as an interest on my resume, even though he correctly surmised my collection was a couple bottles of cheap Rioja. He patiently guided me through my early career and skillfully diminished the consequences of my missteps. I witnessed occasions where he took the blame for my mistakes and surmise I only saw the iceberg’s tip. I cannot find better words to describe him than those who chose kind and gentle.

    Outside his time at Hunter Maclean, Roland was a gourmand before the term foodie existed, and he frequently treated me to lunches at the Chatham Club. He was perhaps the only person to ever order takeout from La Toque. I remember several wonderful meals prepared by Dawn at their Washington Square home, accompanied by wine better than I was accustomed to and Roland’s enthusiastic alterations of playing, and explaining, his collection of Gregorian chants.

    Roland and Dawn invited Suzie and me to the symphony on many occasions, and he was a stalwart supporter of that organization and, of course, the Episcopal Church. It did not occur to me until much later what a remarkable job Roland did of serving his community in ways that matched both his interests and his personality.

    When I reflect on people who influenced my career, Roland is near the top of the list. I could not have hoped to start out with a more caring or generous mentor. Our thoughts are with you, Dawn, as we extend our condolences.

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