The Waxahachie school district honored one of its long-time friends prior to the Waxahachie Indians beginning their 2013 football season Friday night.
Dr. David “Doc” Williams was the team physician for the Waxahachie Indians from 1962 to 1999 and to honor his memory, his family and the current WISD athletic training staff of David “Doc” Bowdoin, Dr. Ben Boone and Dr. Marc Roux pitched in to create a monument in his honor.
“It’s unbelievable having this out here,” Boone said. “It’s so cool having this out here and Dave is a great man to honor.”
Williams trained Boone in the field of student athletic training earlier in his career. Boone credits the Williams family for doing most of the heavy lifting on creating the 8,300 pound monument and he wants to thank WISD for letting him place the monument near the entrance of Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium.
Williams’ wife Shirley was blown away when she saw the monument for the first time when it was erected last week.
“It’s just wonderful having the monument out here and seeing all the people come out here to show their support and to remember him,” Williams said. “I can’t believe it, really. He loved every minute he worked here and he said it was his privilege to work for this community.”
About 50 people were on hand for the unveiling, which took place 30 minutes prior to kick off of the 2013 season.
The monument features the doctor’s likeness and quotes from him on the front and back. The monument’s creator wanted it to seem as if “Doc” was speaking to fans and athletes as they entered the stadium.
“As you stand before the monument you are eye level with his image, so it is as if he is standing there talking to you, and the message is powerful,” said Perry Giles of Waxahachie’s Giles Monument Company. “The student athletes of WHS and everyone else should listen to what he is saying to them. It is truly a living memorial.”
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