Remembering Danny Williams

A former fire chief was remembered in Greenville Saturday for his dedication and love for his family and community.

Firetruck after firetruck, many watched as the vehicles solemnly drove down 5th street in Greenville Saturday afternoon. The last truck carried a former firefighter who they say was one of a kind.

Angela Hawkins said, "He was like family to everybody," and John Teel said he was a "compassionate, kind hearted individual."

Many came out to remember and honor Danny Williams at the Wilkerson funeral home. Williams was head of the Staton House Fire Department for seven years, he was also known for his work in the community.

Williams was killed Wednesday after he was struck by a modified school bus on his motorcycle. This has been a tragic loss for his loved ones.

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A former fire chief is being remembered for his dedication and love for his family and community.

A single flag, flies at half staff in front of Staton House Fire Department in memory of 58-year-old Danny Williams.

He led the department for seven years, after his father retired. Danny Williams was killed, Wednesday, while riding his motorcycle on Highway 903 and Oakley Road in Pitt County.

He was struck by a modified school bus, used for hauling tobacco.

His funeral will be Saturday at 11am at the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel. His body will be taken by Staton House Fire Truck to Pinewood Memorial Park.

As for the driver that hit Williams, John Barnhill, Troopers say he was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

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State troopers say a motorcyclist died following an accident Wednesday afternoon in Pitt County.

It happened on Highway 903 at Oakley Road around 4:00 p.m.

Highway Patrol identified the motorcyclist as 58-year-old Danny Lee Williams of Greenville.

The Highway Patrol says the motorcycle collided with a modified school bus used for hauling. Troopers say charges are pending against the driver of that vehicle, 36-year-old John Barnhill of Stokes.

Troopers say the motorcycle was headed north on Highway 903 and the modified bus was crossing from Oakley Road. Barnhill told the Highway Patrol that he did not see the cyclist.

The investigation into the accident is still ongoing.


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  • by Anonymous on Aug 7, 2010 at 12:30 PM
    yes we all make mistakes. I am just thankful my mistakes didn't kill anyone.
  • by Anonymous Location: Chocowinity NC on Aug 3, 2010 at 07:24 PM
    I grew up with John Barnhill.We were good friends.He had a heart of gold. Do anything for u. John wasn't the type to go around hurting people. This was a accident. He didn't mean to do this. I hate to know that he will have to live with this the rest of his life.I also hate that the Williams family has to do the same. My prayers are with both of the families. God Bless
  • by Anon-E-mous Location: Greenville on Aug 2, 2010 at 05:54 AM
    I don't know either party involved, but you have to know that both families are hurting right now. This is something that Mr. Barnhill will have to live with for a long time. I hope that both families find comfort during this tragic time.
  • by emergency responder Location: nc on Jul 31, 2010 at 07:00 PM
    Why are people so quick to point a finger? Things happen that we all wish never happened but nothing can be done about it. I am certain that this man did not deliberately go out and hit Mr. Williams. As an emergency responder I see so many injured people on scooters and motorcycles as well as in cars and trucks. So many times these injuries could have been prevented with a little extra caution. Not only do people ignore motorcycles on the road but motorcycles are careless on the roads as well. My boyfriend rides a motorcycle and it terrifies me every time he rides because I know there are people out there that don't pay attention. At the same time there are riders out there who don't obey the laws just because they are smaller and can go in places other vehicles can't. I am not saying either is the case in the tragedy. I am just saying..everyone could be a little more careful. My thoughts and prayers are with both families involved in this tragedy. God bless & comfort both families.
  • by friend Location: stokes on Jul 31, 2010 at 12:25 PM
    Some of the comments on here are uncalled for.I've known John for years. He is a wonderful person with a wonderful heart. You need anything he will be right by your side to help. He is one of the good guys. People need to not be so quick to judge if they don't know the facts. Both of these families have a lot to deal with. Instead of judging or running your mouth pray for these two families. That is what they need. Not your rude comments or your judging. Everyone that knows John knows it was an accident & a lot of people who know both families still know it was an accident. So please think about what both families are having to go through and keep your rude judgmental comments to yourself.
  • by friend Location: stokes on Jul 31, 2010 at 10:50 AM
    I can't believe these comments.I have known John for years. He is a wonderful person with a wonderful heart.So don't try to judge him unless you know him. It was an accident.Both families are suffering.Simple as that. So stop running your mouth and just pray for both families.
  • by Kay Halla Location: Engelhard on Jul 31, 2010 at 07:35 AM
    My department (EVFD) and I would like to express our heartfelt sympathy for the families and Stanton House Fire Department. We deeply empathize with your loss as we will be laying to rest one of our own Sunday. God Bless.
  • by Debbie Location: Simpson on Jul 31, 2010 at 07:19 AM
    Danny Williams...what a great guy! I knew him as a business man and he was one of the most kind, honest men I ever worked with. My hubby and I ride a Harley and we love it. We are aware that leaving our house on our harley or in our car...accidents happen. I really wish people would be more aware of m/c but with that being said, we have many close calls in our car too. We all have the responsibility to be safe, turn the cell phones off, stop texting and do everything we can to save lives on a bike or in a car! Peace and Prayers to both families. I cannot imagine the pain you feel.
  • by to WGJ Location: Gvegas on Jul 30, 2010 at 10:39 PM
    You are so out of touch..... to say that either families are imperfect is just wrong. "Jesus is perfect, he is it! Accidents are acts of nature that occur when 1,2 or more than 2 unperfect people are invloved. Pray for both families & leave it at that" [ Report Abuse ]
  • by Nate Location: SVFD on Jul 30, 2010 at 09:47 PM
    Im so sorry to hear about this, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, Rest in peace brother!
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