Cary T. Williams, World War II veteran

October 15, 2020

Cary Trafton Williams, 95, of Lewes, passed away Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, at Milford Center, in Milford. He was born Dec. 25, 1924, in Elizabeth City, N.C., son of the late Wilson and Vesta (Holton) Williams.

Cary grew up in Elizabeth City and graduated from Elizabeth City High School in 1939. In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was a ball turret gunner on the B-17 during World War II in Europe. After the war, Cary attended North Carolina State University. Following a brief break in service, he re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and began his career as a flight engineer on a variety of aircraft. Cary and his family were stationed in Louisiana, Hawaii, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, and Delaware. Cary retired from the military after 23 dedicated years and stayed in Dover, where he began a second career as a real estate agent with Bob Moore Realty. Cary and his wife relocated to Lewes and made many new friends in the community and Bethel Methodist congregation. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

In addition to his parents, Cary was preceded in death by his son, Gregory Wilson Williams; his sisters, Wilma Dean Williams Flood and Helen Williams Mansfield; his niece, Patsy Wolford; and his nephew, Joseph Mansfield.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 73 years, Hilda Austin Williams; his nieces, Nancy Flood Tatum and Judith Flood McKenzie; his nephew, Cary Mansfield; and many cousins and great-grandnieces and -nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at Bethel United Methodist Church, 129 West 4th St., Lewes.

The memorial service will also be livestreamed from the church; check his obituary page at on Saturday morning for the livestream link.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing protocols must be observed, and masks must be worn by everyone participating in any aspect of the services.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Camp Pecometh & Retreat Ministries, 136 Bookers Wharf Road, Centreville, MD 21617, or the Multiple Sclerosis Society-Delaware Chapter, 2 Mill Road, Suite 106, Wilmington, DE 19806.

Visit Cary's Life Memorial webpage and sign his online guestbook at

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