Remembering Prenis Williams

AMARILLO, TEXAS - Many in Amarillo are mourning the loss of a long-time community leader and dear friend. Prenis Williams passed away Sunday morning at the age of 75.

Williams is best known as the current chairman of the Amarillo College Board of Regents, but the impacts of his life reach far beyond those campuses.

"There are not a whole lot of people like Prenis," friend and pastor Vurn Martin said. "Everybody just can't do what Prenis could do."

Prenis served on over a dozen different boards and committees.

"He just wanted to do all that he could. He's the kinda person that wouldn't turn down anything," Martin added.

Prenis also just wanted everyone to get along. When the Ku Klux Klan rallied in Amarillo, he helped organize a Unity Day in response where all kinds of people could come together and become friends.

"The world would be a much better place if everybody was an imitation of somebody like him," Martin said.

Tuesday night is the first AC Board of Regents meeting since his death, but everyone we talked with says not even passing-on can shut the door on his legacy of service.

"If you look up public servant in the dictionary there's got to be a citation, Prenis Williams," AC President Paul Matney said.