Former Wilmington Mayor laid to rest

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Tuesday morning, a family and friends said their final "good-byes" to a former Wilmington Mayor.

With somber steps, Berry Williams' family walked to the front of Pine Valley Baptist Church.  His funeral was a tribute to the life of one of the city's true leaders.

Former Wilmington Mayor David Jones said our community lost a man with integrity and honor.

"He was one of a kind. Highly ethical, who loved his God, loved his family very much and loved his country," said Jones.

Williams also loved his community.  He was elected mayor in 1985 and served for two years.  He was also a New Hanover County Commissioner.

"He represented the average person in the streets. He made sure that the people with less where not left out," said Jones.

Loved ones said that when Williams wasn't at home being a family man, he was at City Hall fighting to improve local hospitals and transportation programs. They said he even helped transform Wilmington College to what we now know as UNCW.

With a smile, Berry Williams, Jr. said there was another side to his dad that many didn't see.  At the beach, he wouldn't go into water deeper than his ankles.

"When he was going through rehab he got in the pool and we used to joke here he is in water when he didn't like getting in water," said Berry, Jr.

After a service that shared both smiles and tears, Berry Williams was carried to his final resting place.  He was a city leader admired in life and mourned in death.