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Former county attorney dies

By JIM ROSS

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 16, 2000


INVERNESS -- Lovick P. Williams, a lawyer who represented many of Citrus County's residents and government agencies, died Wednesday (June 14, 2000) at an Inverness nursing home. He was 95.

Mr. Williams was elected in 1937 to serve in the state House of Representatives. He also was a prosecutor in this region for 10 years and worked as county attorney for more than 14 years.

Mr. Williams also served as the Inverness city attorney for many years.

Marilyn Jordan, the longtime Inverness city clerk, served as Mr. Williams' legal secretary in 1962 and '63, before she began her government service.

Inverness was a much smaller town in those days, as evidenced by the expansive nature of Mr. Williams' legal work.

Working in a suite above the Bank of Inverness building downtown, Mr. Williams represented private clients, served as a prosecutor in Citrus, Sumter and Hernando counties and also represented the city.

"He was a wonderful boss," Jordan said Thursday. "I was naturally scared to death. It was the very first job I'd ever had in my life. He really taught me a lot."

Jordan said she valued the lessons her old boss taught her and the work ethic he helped her develop. "He was very serious about his work ... and professional," she said.

Jordan said she kept in contact with Mr. Williams through the years. He spent his final days at the Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center off Highland Boulevard.

Mr. Williams was born in Cedar Key and came to Citrus County in 1932. He graduated from the University of Florida law school and went on to practice law for more than 50 years.

Mr. Williams was a member of Floral City United Methodist Church, where a memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday. Charles E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness, is handling arrangements.

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