It is with deep sadness that Balch & Bingham LLP announces that Harold Williams, former Balch partner, passed away on January 28, 2016, at the age of 92. Mr. Williams practiced real estate law at Balch in the firm's Birmingham, Ala., office for more than 40 years until his retirement in 1994.
During his time at Balch, Mr. Williams handled the legal work for Alabama Power Company’s acquisition of land for five hydroelectric dams across Alabama’s Coosa River, and also managed land acquisitions and land management for other large corporations.
“Those who had the honor of knowing Harold remember him very fondly, including his passion for the history of the firm, dedication to our clients and memorable way of conducting job interviews,” said Stan Blanton, managing partner. “He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word and will be greatly missed.”
During his career Mr. Williams chaired the History and Archives Committee of the Birmingham Bar Association and served on the History and Archives Committee of the Alabama Bar Association, during which time he led the effort to publish two books about the history of Alabama’s and Birmingham’s legal professions. He also served on Samford University’s Advisory Board for Paralegal Studies and was a member of the Dean’s Executive Council of the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education.
Mr. Williams was a long-time supporter of education in his hometown of Pell City, Ala. In 2008, the Pell City Board of Education named a school after Mr. Williams and his wife, Elouise. The Elouise and Harold Williams Intermediate School is now home to more than 600 fifth and sixth-grade students.
Mr. Williams served overseas in the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as an aircraft line maintenance supervisor in the China-Burma-India theater of operations. He earned his J.D. from Columbia University in 1952 and his B.S. in accounting from the University of Alabama in 1949.
A memorial service for Mr. Williams will be held at Mountain Brook Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, with visitation following in Hudson Hall outside the sanctuary.