(Orange, Texas)

November 10, 2012

An icon for Orange County history steps down as chairman

Dawn Burleigh
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Dr. Howard Williams is Orange County history.

When one asks who, what, where about Orange County history, many times they are referred to Williams or one the books he has written on the subject.

Williams is stepping down after more than 30 years as chairman of the Orange County Historical Commission. He has been a member of the commission for 40 years.

Williams and his wife, Elizabeth, moved to the Orange area in 1953. Elizabeth passed away May 14, 2012 after a lengthy illness.

“He is a great individual and an icon in his preservation of Orange County history,” County Judge Carl Thibodeaux said. “His work in the historical commission is second to none.”

Thibodeaux also said that he believes the Orange County Historical Commission will continue to carry on Williams’ legacy.