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Wilson Family Mourns Death of Second Son in Ten Months

Posted July 22, 1999

— A Wilson family is dealing with an unthinkable tragedy, the loss of two teenage sons in less than a year.

Thursday night, David Williams, 16, collapsed and died during a basketball game. Dennis Williams Jr., 17, diedin a car crashin September.

"I don't think I've got to the point of believing that both of them are gone," says father Dennis Williams.

All you have to do is walk into Williams' house to know their sons and their athletics dominated family life. It makes it all tougher to know that David died after collapsing on a bench at a basketball game at the Reid Street Community Center.

An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death, but doctors said it could have been caused by an undetected heart ailment.

"They said 'That's David' and I said 'No, that's not David.' As I got closer I saw that is David. I rushed over there, and at that point he looked very helpless. I asked God to let me have this son," said Williams.

Just ten months ago, the Williams' held a memorial service for their son Dennis Jr., who died when the car he was riding in slammed head-on into a school bus.

"It is hard, and it is sad and all. You know, all I can say is that it's the Lord's will that I'm doing what I'm doing, because if I had my way, I'd say 'Hey, why don't you take me Lord, I would give my life for both of theirs.'"

"I feel bad for him, but I'm looking at the time he put in with those kids and all the averages that he covered. He can't ask for much more," says coach Dwight Taylor.

David Williams was a rising junior at Hunt High School. He was the sixth man on the school's championship basketball team. The family hoped their son would have a future in the NBA, but David had plans to become an attorney later in his life.

A wake for David Williams will be held Monday from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Jackson Chapel First Baptist Church. The funeral will be held Monday from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Forbes Tabernacle.


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