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Airman dies in auto accident

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- A Dyess Airman died in an accident Monday while traveling in a government vehicle on Interstate 20 between Eastland and Ranger, Texas.

Staff Sergeant Curtis Williams, 7th Civil Engineer Squadron electrician, entered the Air Force June 3, 1998, and has been at Dyess since November 2002.

“Staff Sergeant Curtis Williams will be sorely missed,” said Lt. Col. Barry Mines, 7th CES commander. “He had worked in both our electrical shops and our self-help store. He had a great attitude and always had a smile on his face, which made him a perfect person to work customer service in our selfhelp store.”

“Curtis had a heart of gold and was always willing to help and volunteer on any job needed,” he said. “Whenever we had squadron functions, Curtis always volunteered to help run games for the children. Curtis was a great family man and was very involved in his local church. The entire civil engineer squadron grieves over the loss of Curtis, and our sincere condolences go out to the Williams family.”

Sergeant Williams was born in Fayetteville, N.C., on July 15, 1980, to Jesse and Gayle Williams. He graduated from James Bowie High School in 1998.

His hobbies were athletics, poetry, and work with his local church.

“The entire Dyess family mourns the loss of Sergeant Williams,” said Col. Garrett Harencak, 7th Bomb Wing commander. “Our deepest sympathies are with the Williams family and friends. Curtis was an outstanding Airman, and he will be sorely missed.”

Sergeant Williams is survived by his wife, Niesha, and two sons, Tyricke, 6, and Dimipri, 4.

He will be laid to rest near his younger brother, Terrence Williams, in Arlington, Texas. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. at New Beginnings United Pentecostal Church, 5535 Buffalo Gap Rd.

For more information, call Master Sgt. Billy Juniel at 696-2108.

The cause of the accident is unknown at this time.