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Hoyt’s 95th Birthday Party

Mr. Hoyt Williams will turn 95, and his family wants you to drop by his party to wish him a Happy Birthday.

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”.

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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.





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Casie Bryant is the NW Georgia Regional Manager for AllOnGeorgia.



  1. Carol Bond

    October 10, 2018 at 4:25 pm


  2. Tammy Hines

    October 10, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Every time I go in Wal-Mart I look for this very sweet man ! He always has a smile! He greets me with a handshake and a hug ! Happy 95th birthday to one of the sweetest people I know !
    Tammy OdEll – Hines

  3. Lynn Brown

    October 11, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Happy birthday I look forward to seeing that smile when I go into wal mart.Hope you have a great birthday.

  4. Martha Oliver

    October 13, 2018 at 6:36 am

    Happy birthday Sir, thank you for your service to this great country and this great community. You are truly a blessing to many ppl, I’m amazed when you always greet me by calling me by my first name & being so nice to help me with a shopping cart. keep on keeping on my dear friend.

  5. Susan Broome

    November 5, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you for your service my buddy. I remember coming into your store when I was just a kid. I will always remember how sweet you and your wife were to everyone who walked through those doors. Thank you for being the wonderful person you are and may GOD bless you with many more birthdays. Love you buddy!!

  6. Ginger Greenwood Lanier

    November 5, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Hoyt! I hope you have a very blessed day just as you bless so many others greeting at Wallmart. You are the one I look forward to seeing every time I go in there. You are an amazing man and I am truly blessed to be able to call you my friend. After all you gave me my nickname as a child and still call me by it till this day. Love you Hoyt! 🎂

  7. Nancy Ward

    November 5, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Happy birthday Mr. Williams! You are amazing and an inspiration to so many people in this area. I hope your birthday is happy and blessed!

  8. Brenda Cofield Cooper

    November 6, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Hello Hoyt,
    Thanks to Wal-mart for hiring a great person to help us enjoy shopping there. You are a great assest and know business. You are the Best!!

    I will never forget my childhood memories hanging out with Brenda at your home. It has been 60 years since you nicknamed me “BC” and I love hearing you say, “Hey BC” every time I enter Wal-mart.

    Love to you and wishing you the Best Birthday Ever!!

  9. Jean and Graham Maddux

    November 6, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Hoyt

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