Edward Cason Williams


 


Edward Cason Williams age 82 of Marion, KY passed away August 14, 2018 at Crittenden Health Systems.

He was an Army veteran and a chiropractor, a 1958 graduate of the Lincoln Chiropractic College, Dr.Ed Williams served his beloved chiropractic profession for over 50 years and was a force of its growth in the state of Florida. After graduation from Lincoln in 1958, Ed married  Shirley Hunter, also a Lincoln graduate and started his practice in Lakeland, Florida.  He immediately became involved in the local and state associations and in 1968 was elected President of the Florida Chiropractic Association (FCA).

Dr. Williams was hired as the Executive Director of the FCA in 1972, growing the membership to exceed 4,800 – the largest state chiropractic association – and increasing the visibility of the chiropractic profession in the state during 25 years as its CEO and an additional 21 years as its CEO Emeritus.  Under his leadership, Ed pioneered the government relations/lobbying effort for the FCA which is responsible for over 100 pieces of pro-chiropractic legislation, making Florida the best state in the nation in which to practice chirporactic.

Dr. Williams was the Florida ChiroPAC founder and continued as its
chairman until his passing. In addition, he was one of six founding members of the Florida Chiropractic Foundation (www.floridachiropracticfoundation.org) , a charity which donates tens of thousands of dollars each year to chiropractic research and is currently funding eight annual $2,500 scholarships to deserving students.

Dr. Williams led in the effort to establish the Lincoln Chair in Chiropractic and Biomechanics, first at Florida State University, and then ultimately at the University of South Florida.  It was and continues to be the only chiropractic research center at a public state university.  Through his efforts, $1.75 million in private and state funds were obtained for its establishment.

Always seeking to further the name of Lincoln, Dr. Williams promoted the establishment of the Lincoln Prize, the largest research prize in chiropractic, Sponsored jointly by the Florida Chiropractic Association , the Florida Chiropractic Foundation and the LCERF.  The Lincoln Prize goes to the top researcher in chiropractic and biomechanics annually.

He has been recognized by every chiropractic organization to which he
has belonged throughout his 50 year career, with awards too numerous to mention. But, the most meaningful recognition, he says, is having the new
FCA office building named “The Ed Williams Building”. He is cherished by those he led and mentored for his monumental leadership, love and dedication to the profession. He built a legacy that will last and invested his life in those with whom he served, mentoring many who will lead and serve effectively for generations to come.

Dr. Williams is survived by his wife Shirley Williams, Marion, KY; sons, Scott Edward Williams and wife Donna, Owensboro, KY and Mark Hunter
Williams and wife Carisa, Marion, KY; daughter, Leiza Alexandria Williams McMackin and husband Kevin, Marion, KY; four grandchildren - Sean Thompson, Aaron J Thompson, Emma Williams, Bella Williams and one great grandchild, Avery Thompson.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wade and Zula Cason Williams, a sister, Peggy Kolb and a granddaughter, Bradyn Williams.

In true Dr. Ed style, he decided and strongly instructed that there would be no service and no flowers. He instead, requested charitable donations to the Florida Chiropractic Foundation, 30 Remington Rd. #1, Oakland, FL 34787, www.floridachiropracticfoundation,org. Gifts will be acknowledged and are tax deductible.

Myers Funeral Home, Marion, KY handled the arrangements.