▲ Alexander Stephens Williams, III
Alexander Stephens Williams, III
Steve Williams of Birmingham passed away on October 2,2020 at the age of 84.
Steve was born on September 24,1936 in Eufaula to A.S. Williams, Jr. and Sara Dozier Stewart. He led a life of service from a young age as a committed member of the Boy Scouts of America, ultimately earning the rank of Eagle Scout. A graduate of Eufaula High School, Steve earned a degree in finance in 1958 from the University of Alabama, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. While at the university, he met his wife Rosemary Hoover Williams. They married on September 19,1958 and raised a daughter, Betsy, and two sons, Steve and Jim. Steve later attended the Birmingham School of Law, earning his law degree in 1964.
Steve began his career with First National Bank of Birmingham in 1959. He joined Protective Life Corporation in 1964, where he worked until 2004. At the time of his retirement, he served as executive vice president of investments and treasurer. Throughout his career, he was an active member in many professional organizations, including the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (legion member, Board of Governors member, Executive Committee member), the Life Mortgage and Real Estate Officers Council (chair, director), the Birmingham Mortgage Bankers Association (secretary, treasurer, vice president, president), the Morris Avenue Commercial Restoration Association (vice president, director), the Shades Creek Parkway Association (director), the American Bar Association, the Alabama State Bar, the Birmingham Bar Association, the University of Alabama Commerce Society, the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, the Newcomen Society of North America, the American Council of Life Insurance, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
An avid historian, bibliophile, and collector of Americana, Steve built an incredible collection of American, and particularly Southern American, history. His passion began after a trip to historic Williamsburg, Virginia, where he purchased a few books on early American history. He started collecting books about or by United States presidents, eventually gathering the signature of every American president, most on first-edition books. His collection slowly grew, expanding to include Southern and Alabama history. He gathered...