Oct. 4, 2937-July 20, 2022

Walter Payten Williams, retired educator, died at his home July 20, 2022, after a brief struggle with cancer. Payten was born Oct. 4, 1937, in Natchitoches.
A family service will be at the military cemetery in Keithville.

After high school, he served in the Navy, returned home to attend Northwestern and married Peggy Duke June 4, 1959.
After completing his undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Indiana, he entered the teaching profession as a biology and math teacher. Relocating to Missouri, he completed his Master’s Degree at the University of Missouri in Administration and became a high school principal.
As a high school principal at Fort Zumwalt in Missouri, he was known for his commitment to the district, his teachers and students, frequently reminding them to “do the right thing.” He finished his career as an elementary principal in the same school district, guiding the children of the parents whom had once been his students.
After retiring, he and Peggy returned to his home town, where he enjoyed being an active part of the community. He belonged to the Walter Ledet Coffee Club, Kiwanis, Friends of the Library and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Society and was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 63 years; his sons, Walt and Ron; brothers, Tom (Betty) and Roger (Ursula); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Tom; brother, Kerney; and his daughter, Kellen.
During this period of mourning, we are looking at the world through tears; perhaps we shall see things that dry-eyed, we could not see.