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Garner mayor diagnosed with Parkinson's

Posted November 19, 2008

— Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams announced Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease but that he has no plans to step down.

Parkinson's is a degenerative nervous system disorder that often impairs motor skills, speech and other functions. Doctors say that with medicine and technological advancements in treating the disease, patients can have productive lives for many years.

Williams said he was diagnosed last Wednesday and is already on medication to control the symptoms.

“I have been dealt a lot of lemons, so I have a good, bona fide recipe for lemonade," he said. "I will make lots of lemonade."

Williams, whose term as mayor expires in 2011, has headed Garner since 2005 and previously served on the town's Board of Aldermen for 20 years.

"With the symptoms controlled by medication, I look forward to working as hard as I always have in the capacity as your mayor and ask for your patience and prayers as I adjust to this change in my life," Williams said in a statement Wednesday afternoon. "I am proud and honored to serve as your mayor."


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  • dxedame Nov 19, 2008

    Oh my goodness.. what did I say?
    My point was, Ronnie is indeed a fine person, and I am glad to see he is not willing to let this illness get him down, or even slow him down! He has done a lot for Garner and I feel sure he has ideas on the direction the town should take from now own. He is to be commended for his dedication. Yes, Garner needs his insight for years to come. His comment about 'lemonade' sounded just like something his father would have said simply to lighten up a conversation.
    So, I say again..make lemonade..and go keep up the good work.
    Garner Sr. HS class of '68.

  • jynski1 Nov 19, 2008

    Ronnie is a great personal friend and all around good guy. I know he will do fine.

  • emcmanus Nov 19, 2008

    Our thoughts and prayers of encouragement go to Mayor Williams and his family. I'm certain God has many more productive years ahead of him to serve our town!

  • Adelinthe Nov 19, 2008

    Praying for him, and KNOW Parkinson's won't hinder his work. My aunt has had it for over 20 years and holds the record for being the oldest person suffering the longest with the disease in PA. She does fine, although she does have good days and bad ones.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • Garnerwolf1 Nov 19, 2008

    And he's willing to fight the wicked WCPSS board in a losing battle to stop Garner school's from being the dumping ground. Best wishes Mr. Mayor.

  • gt_football Nov 19, 2008

    dxedame: Ronnie Williams has done a GREAT DEAL of work for Garner and it's citizens. He is an outstanding individual and for you to make such a snide comments is very insensitive. The man has a very serious disease. Good luck mayor...Praying for you!


  • Felton23 Nov 19, 2008

    come on now. Ronnie is a great guy.

  • dxedame Nov 19, 2008

    When you take a break from all that leonade making, get back to work! Garner needs you.