The History of BR Williams
As told by Ruth F. Williams and other family members.
Honoring our Past
Investing in our Future
Service since 1958
Billy R. (BR) and Ruth Williams began a trucking business in Oxford, Alabama on July 27, 1958 with their first route destined for Boston, Massachusetts. In 1965, the business was granted authority by the I.C.C. and they began operating as a contract carrier. Business was going well for the small family owned company when one tragic night, a fire erupted in the terminal which led to the death of the owner Mr. Billy R. (BR) Williams. Mr. Williams and another employee were fatally burned while going through the facility trying to save the records and statements from the growing business.
Mrs. Williams mourned her husband’s death and was left with a small business and all of the losses uninsured. It can be truly said that the she saved the business from the ashes. She decided to continue with the business (though being a teacher in the 60’s) to bring honor to her husband’s name. In 1966, the company was incorporated and Mrs. Williams was installed as the first President on August 1st.
Throughout the years, Mrs. Williams leaned on the assistance of Mr. Bill Watson to help guide the business for over 38 years. Together they continued an unmatched partnership that led the company to being one of largest companies in the area. In 1992, Mr. Williams’ son-in-law, Gregory D. Brown became Chairman of the Board and helped diversify the company into warehousing and distribution. Today, Gregory D. Brown, and the Williams daughters Dee Brown (President) and Kaye Perry (Corporate Vice President) continue to own the business.
After 58 years, we still have our first customer. Our partners vary from the automotive sector to the food industry and our goal is to be their complete source for SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SERVICES. Our current services include full transportation to any destination, distribution, project management, logistics, document storage etc. We continually improve our polices and procedures under the ISO 9001:2015 Quality System Registration.
We honor our past, but always focus on the future. Thank you to our God, our employees, our partners, our family, our friends and our community for allowing us to serve them.