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Carl R. Williams, Jr
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Birth: Jun. 24, 1945
Death: Nov. 22, 2001
Memphis
Shelby County
Tennessee, USA

What can I say about Carl? He and his wife opened their homes and hearts to me and were very much my second parents. He was funny, with a dry sense of humor. He made me laugh. A lot. He was debonair and stylish and had a badboy grin that turned a lot of heads.

Carl was a Captain in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He was the Managing director of retail marketing for Federal Express and a published author. He also loved his cats, travel, good food and wine and his family.

Carl was one of those bright lights that was taken from us too soon by cancer. I miss you Carl.

FROM ITS INNOVATIVE INFANCY ONWARD, WILLIAMS WAS A PART OF FEDEX
Commercial Appeal, The (Memphis, TN) - Saturday, November 24, 2001
Author: Michael Erskine erskine@gomemphis.com
Carl Robert Williams Jr. joined FedEx in 1972, employee No. 189, a year after the company was founded in Little Rock.

He found his niche in marketing and was a key player in developing the original "Courier Pak" and introducing the "Overnight Letter."

Mr. Williams, of Memphis, managing director of retail marketing for FedEx, died of cancer Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis.

He was 56.

Mr. Williams was described as a focused man, quiet and unassuming with a good sense of humor.

He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and a former captain in the Army.

His wife Saundra remembered how her husband took a risk and joined the upstart FedEx with no idea it would be such a huge success.

"He said, `Sometimes you have to take a chance, and this one sounds good.' It's been a ride ever since," she said.

Mr. Williams was involved in the expansion of the business into domestic markets and later worked in Paris where the European market was growing.

Colleagues said Mr. Williams loved introducing products and starting new ventures.

He was also a good teacher to those making their way up in the business.

"He was a wonderful mentor who gave you the tools you needed to get the job done," Winterburn said.

Mr. Williams also leaves his mother, Margaret Williams Tobias of Memphis; a stepsister, Anne Marie Tobias of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and two stepbrothers, William M. Tobias Jr. and James Tobias, both of Spartanburg, S.C.

Memorial services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.

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HUGHES - Carl Robert Williams Jr., 56, of Memphis, formerly of Hughes, managing director of retail marketing for FedEx, died of cancer Thursday at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Memorial services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and an Army veteran. Mr. Williams, the husband of Saundra, also leaves his mother, Margaret Williams Tobias of Memphis; a stepsister, Anne Marie Tobias of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and two stepbrothers, William M. Tobias Jr. and James Tobias, both of Spartanburg, S.C. The family requests that memorials be sent to a charity of the donor's choice. 
 
Inscription:
CPT United States Army
Vietnam
 
Burial:
Greenlawn Cemetery
Checotah
McIntosh County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Maintained by: Mary & Kent
Originally Created by: Tumbleweed
Record added: Apr 09, 2011
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In honor and remembrance of your 12th anniversary in Heaven... To your loved ones and friends your life was surely a blessing, and memories of you are an invaluable treasure to them all... You are cherished beyond words, lovingly remembered, and terribly ...(Read more)
- Osiris
 Added: Nov. 22, 2013
Happy Birthday in heaven Carl. May your celebration be a very special one in the company of the angels!
- Osiris
 Added: Jun. 24, 2013
Sending you love and prayers Carl!
- Osiris
 Added: Jun. 16, 2013
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