Memorial to C. E. McWilliams
Texas Bar Journal, Sept. 22, 1971
Charles Edgar McWilliams, 80-year-old retired Corsicana attorney, died Feb 11, 1971.
Admitted to the Texas bar in 1920, Judge McWilliams practiced solely in Corsicana, where he was
for some time associated in the practice of law with W. W. Harris.
He served as county judge of Navarro County during 1933-37, before forming the Taylor and McWilliams law partnership which ended in 1948. Judge McWilliams joined the law firm of Roe and Ralston that same year, and was associated with them until his retirement in 1960.
His professional memberships included the Navarro County Bar Association and the State Bar of
Born July 12, 1890 in Powell in Navarro County, Judge McWilliams was educated in rural schools in Bazette and Powell. He went to Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1911 and then taught school for the next two years. Returning to college, this time at Southwest Texas Normal School, Judge McWilliams received his degree on May 25, 1914.
Judge McWilliams studied law at Blackstone Institute, Chicago, Ill., and earned his degree in law in 1920.
He was the son of the late John Mordecai McWilliams, a flotorial representative for Navarro, Henderson, and Freestone Counties.
During World War I, Judge McWilliams enlisted in the armed services and was sent to Officers Training School at Camp McArthur, Texas.
In Corsicana, Judge McWilliams was a member of the American Legion, Rotary Club, Salvation Army Board, Navarro County Welfare Board and the Selective Service System Board (1940-46), and he was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias. He was also a golf
enthusiast and belonged to the Corsicana Country Club.
His church was the Church of Christ.
Survivors are his wife, Mrs. C. E. McWilliams, 1820 Maplewood, Corsicana; two daughters, Mrs.
Morris H. Stevens, Little Rock, Ark., and Mrs. Jack Baggett, Corsicana; a sister, Miss Annie R. McWilliams, Corsicana; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.