Philip Williams

(May 23, 1914- Oct 18,1993)

Contributed by his great-grandson, Philip Williams Knott.

Philip Williams was the third of five children to John Philip Williams and Harriet Overton Williams on the Overton’s family farm, known as Traveler’s Rest, on Franklin Pike Street, in Nashville, TN. When the Depression hit in 1929 his family sold the farm. Fortunately, his family entered the coal brokerage industry prior to the economic downturn, allowing Philip to attend Vanderbilt University, graduating June 1935. He attempted Columbia law, but after a year he dropped out to become a sales associate at the Continental Can Company (CCC), moving to Memphis, TN. Then in September of 1936, he married Martha Jane Boyd and she gave birth to my grandmother, Phyllis Williams, a year later in November of 1937. Philip continued working for the CCC through the Great Depression before enlisting in the U.S. Army in July 1942, during World War II. He lived to be 79, dying on October 18, 1993.

Photo-credit to Mollie Knott (sister), taken from Phyllis Williams Mostellar’s personal family photo-collection.