Former Webster Parish Schools Superintendent and longtime educator W.W. “Butch” Williams, Jr. passed away Thursday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70.

Current Webster Parish Schools Superintendent Johnny Rowland said Williams was a major influence on his life and career.

“Mr. Butch Williams was my high school principal while I attended Sibley,” Rowland said.

“He was my principal when I was a teacher and coach at Sibley, and then Lakeside. He was my superintendent when I was a principal at Lakeside. To say he has had a tremendous influence is an understatement.”

Rowland said Williams character traits were always visible to


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