Mr. Hoyt Williams will turn 95, and his family wants you to drop by his party to wish him a Happy Birthday. Mr. Hoyt is easily the most popular person in Chattooga County. He has worked for twenty five years as a greeter at Wal-Mart, flashing his sincere smile, greeting each of us with his cheerful “hey buddy”.
Mr. Hoyt’s birthday bash is planned for Tuesday, November 6 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Pennville Church of Christ located at 76 Greeson St in Summerville, Georgia.
The family has created a Facebook event page for the party: 95th birthday party for Hoyt Williams!
Hoyt Williams was born on November 9, 1923 in Trion, Georgia. He graduated Trion High School in 1942, and joined the Army to serve in WWII.
Mr. Hoyt served as an Army engineer in both the European and South Pacific Campaigns of WW II, serving in both campaigns is rare. He arrived in Normandy D-Day+18. Within three months, the northern part of France was liberated and soldiers were preparing to enter Germany.
When he returned to the States, he wasn’t quite ready for civilian life yet and he caught the next troop train to Seattle en route for the Philippines, where he remained until Japan surrendered in September of 1945.
After returning home from the war, for good, Mr. Hoyt took over his Father’s supermarket in Trion in 1948 and ran the store for the next forty years.
Mr. Hoyt also continued his service to the community by being a member of the original water board for the Chattooga County District.
Mr. Hoyt served on the Trion School Board for two terms as chairman, the Trion City Council for 16 years before being elected Mayor of Trion.
Mr. Hoyt Williams will tell you the secret to living a long time is to work every day. While he doesn’t recall his exact age at the time he began his first job, he knows as soon as he was able to work he went to work as a paper route boy. After running a supermarket for 40 years attempted retirement, but that proved to be boring, “I was tired of mowing the lawn… it was time for me go back to work, Wal-Mart said they could put me to work even though I was old and they did,” Williams said.