From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Williams, Worthy "Butt Cutt"

(born: 1922  -  died: Aug. 28, 1989) 

Born in Redfox, KY, Williams was the first African American elected to public office in Knott County, KY, and as of 2009, he was the only one. Williams was first elected as constable in 1969 and re-elected in 1973 and 1977.

Williams was a coal miner until he developed black lung and was no longer able to work in the mines. He was the husband of Wilma Dean Gipson Williams (deceased) from Manchester, KY. Williams was the father of Janet (deceased), Linda, Lorena, Sophia, Wendell, and Worthy Dewayne Williams.

For more see "Eleven blacks hold county level posts," in Kentucky Directory of Black Elected Officials [1978], Fifth Report, by the Commission on Human Rights, p.  13. Corrections, birth, and death date information for this entry was provided by his daughter Linda Williams via Dr. Andrew Baskin at Berea College.

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