Congressman Clyburn Mourns Passing of Isaac W. Williams, Sr.

Feb 15, 2008

(Columbia, SC) – Sixth District Congressman and House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn issued the following statement today regarding the passing of his District Aide, Isaac “Ike” W. Williams, Sr. 

“Emily and I are grieving today over the loss of our dear friend, and my trusted staff member, Ike Williams. 

“Ike was a champion of civil rights.  He was a student leader at Bonds Wilson High School and South Carolina State in the 1960s, and went on to be a long-serving Field Director for the South Carolina N.A.A.C.P.  His deep baritone voice always spoke on behalf of those who had no voice.  His deep and abiding faith always called him to serve others.  

“Although he never ran for or held political office, Ike was a skilled politician.  He spent his entire life bringing people, especially African Americans, into the political process.  I was fortunate to have Ike help guide my decision making and campaign for Congress in 1992, and he continued to support my Congressional efforts during his more than 15 years on my Congressional staff.

“Ike was truly dedicated to the State of South Carolina, and it is a better place because of his tireless work. 

“Our hearts and prayers are with Ike’s wife, Evelyn, and his children, Dechancela, Isaac, Jr. and Shelley.  I hope that knowing Ike touched so many lives will be a comfort at this difficult time.”

Congressman Clyburn celebrated Ike’s life with a tribute in today’s Congressional Record.  The text of that tribute is attached. 

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