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Legendary Lee High football coach Williams dies at 82

Don Williams, Sr., a coach who won more than 900 games during his football coaching career in Southwest Virginia, died Monday at his home in Pennington Gap, according to his family. He was 82.

Williams was a Jonesville native and served in the U.S. Army in counter intelligence, the family reported. He began his coaching career at Dryden High School but he is remembered for his tenures at Pennington, Coeburn and Lee High schools where he captured 17 district championships and 6 regional titles. All total, Williams was at the helm of 11 high school sport programs, including golf and cross country.

He has been nominated for the Virginia High School League Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Milligan College Hall of Fame in 1996.

A celebration of life is being planned for later this month, an official with Province Funeral Home confirmed with News 5.  


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