Community members can continue to sit with the memory of State Rep. Dan Williams

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ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) - The Athens-Limestone Public Library opened its doors eight months ago. Its new location is less than two miles from where Dan Williams was born and less than a mile from where he passed.

Fitting because "Mayor Dan" loved to be at the center of it all.

"He would love it, too, because it's right here in the middle of town, which is where he wanted to be all the time," said Dan's son, Daniel.

The state representative and former Athens mayor passed away in July after a months-long battle with leukemia.

Wednesday, his family and friends gathered in front of the library to watch as the Limestone County Legislative Delegation donated a bench in his honor.

"My dad and I were as close as Andy and Opie," said Dan's son, Charles. "We miss him terribly and this is going to be a great way to remember his memory and his legacy."

A big reader, Williams was instrumental in establishing the new library.

"He loved western novels especially," said Charles.

He also liked World War II history and biographies about presidents and generals. But one of his biggest passions was serving his community.

"That's really what Daddy loved about his job was sitting down drinking coffee and getting to know people, getting to know their problems and finding a solution," said Daniel.

Now folks can continue to sit with his memory.

"It's just a representation of how much he loved being here and loved this town and the people here," said Daniel.