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Longtime Credit Union Advocate Ada Williams Passes Away
Wednesday, January 3, 2018 7:00 AM

Ada L. Williams, longtime member of the board of directors of Credit Union of Texas, passed away Dec. 27, 2017, at age 84. Williams began her service on what was then the Dallas Teachers Credit Union Board of Directors in February 1981. She was elected as chairman of the board in December 1996, a post she held until her death.

“I have been fortunate to know Ms. Williams and her family personally for over 20 years,” said Eric Pointer, CEO of Credit Union of Texas. “She was a staunch champion of the credit union and its subsidiaries, always firmly supporting management as we carried out the strategic direction set by the board. She changed the way the board conducts its business, and her influence on the board will last for many years to come. Her presence at Credit Union of Texas will be deeply missed.”

Williams started teaching in the Dallas Independent School District in 1955, teaching math, science, and music. She became a school counselor after earning a Master of Arts in education from the University of North Texas. Williams served as president of the Classroom Teachers of Dallas. She was very proud to be elected parliamentarian for the Dallas ISD Board of Trustees, a post she held until her retirement in 2002. Her expertise on parliamentary procedure was often sought after; she also served as parliamentarian for the Texas Credit Union League’s (now Cornerstone Credit Union League) Annual Meeting and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

In 1983, Williams was appointed by Gov. Mark White to serve on the Texas Credit Union Commission, where she served until 1989. She received an Appreciation for Years of Service award from the Texas Credit Union League in 1989 and was named Director of the Year by the Credit Union Executives Society in 1996. In 2009, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Texas Credit Union League.

“I had the honor of serving on the Credit Union of Texas Board of Directors with Ms. Williams since 1998,” said Jerry Christian, vice-chair of the Credit Union of Texas Board of Directors. “Our mutual service on the board evolved into a personal friendship, and my respect for her deepened with each passing year. She was passionate about everything she did, and she truly gave her entire life in service to the community. Her shoes will not ever be filled on our board.”

Williams received many other community accolades, including being honored by the Dallas ISD in the renaming of the school district auditorium as the Ada L. Williams Auditorium in 2008. She was inducted into the African American Educators Hall of Fame and is listed in Who’s Who Among Black Women. In spite of all the honors, Williams defined success very simply as “helping others.”

Funeral Information:

Black and Clark Funeral Home
2517 E. Illinois Avenue
Dallas, TX 75216
214-376-8297

Monday, Jan. 8
Viewing 1 – 5 p.m.
Wake 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Dallas ISD Jesse Owens Complex
9191 S. Polk Street
Dallas, TX 75232
972-925-5087

Tuesday, Jan. 9
Funeral Services 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Friendship West
2020 W. Wheatland Road
Dallas, TX 75232
972-228-5200

About Credit Union of Texas
For over 85 years, Credit Union of Texas has been providing financial services to members throughout North Texas. Delivering on its vision to deliver an unexpected experience, CUTX has grown to $1.4 billion in assets and now serves over 138,000 members with 12 store locations throughout Dallas, Collin, Rockwall, Denton, and parts of Grayson, Fannin, Ellis, Hunt, and Tarrant counties.