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Elmo Williams: Hollywood legend and community benefactor

Elmo Williams is the guest of honor during a 2013 parade in Brookings celebrating his 100th birthday.

A man of stories. A man of humor. A man of love. A man of family. A man of philanthropy.

Elmo Williams was a classic — in every sense of the word.

The longtime Brookings resident and Academy Aaward-winning Hollywood director, died peacefully early Wednesday morning at the age of 102. 


Brookings' Elmo Williams dies at age 102

Elmo Williams

Long-time Brookings resident and retired Hollywood film producer Elmo Williams died peacefully in his home at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at the age of 102.

Williams, who slipped into unconsciousness on Friday, spent his final days surrounded by family and friends. They celebrated Thanksgiving on Tuesday, setting a plate for Elmo at the dinner table while he rested in his bed nearby. The dinner included some of Elmo's favorite food and the family toasted Elmo, raising a glass of his favorite wine.

“It was a very peaceful passing,” said Elmo’s adult daughter Stacy Williams.

A memorial for Elmo is scheduled for Dec. 12 at the Brookings Elks Lodge. The time of the event is high noon, a nod to the classic western movie High Noon, in which Elmo received an Academy Award as film editor.

The family will hold a private service before then.

Check Saturday's Curry Coastal Pilot for a full story and photos about Elmo Williams.

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