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Fox Run is ‘like one big family’

Father of eight, sibling of ten relates to neighbors

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August 24th, 2010
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Surrounded by eight women upon sitting down to dinner in a Fox Run restaurant, Doug Williams takes it in stride. Women have been telling me what to do all my life, he jokes. I had six sisters and five daughters. Mr. Williams and his wife, Frances, moved to Fox Run in spring 2007. He brought her to see the campus two years earlier, but couldn t motivate her to move. Then Mrs. Williams took a bad fall, and daughter Sharon convinced her that Fox Run was the place to be. The good Lord was looking out for us because we ended up here after all, Mr. Williams says. We moved in and I ve been happy ever since.

Changing with the times

Last September, Mrs. Williams moved to the community s long-term-care neighborhood, Renaissance Gardens; she has Alzheimer s. Mr. Williams visits every day, and becauseFox Run sbuildings all are connected by climate-controlled, glass-enclosed walkways, the weather never plays a factor. Prior to her move, he had spent his time caring for her instead of socializing with theirFox Runneighbors. Even now, my life s pretty much devoted to her, he says, but because she s receiving such good care at Renaissance Gardens, he started participating more in community life. For example, after neighbor Jack Beggs saw Mr. Williams playing billiards with a family member, he asked him to joinFox Run sbilliards group. I was a pool room bum before I met my wife, Mr. Williams says, and I hadn t played seriously since then. But Jack bugged me for eight months, so I joined the group. We play on Monday nights about 19 of us. I m really enjoying it! He also frequents the on-campus fitness center, where he uses the recumbent cross-trainer.

Family-style living

A former insurance agent, Mr. Williams claims he could sellFox Runbetter than he sold insurance. I like the camaraderie here, he says. Everybody s so friendly; it s like one big family. If anyone should know about big families, it s Mr. Williams. He was one of 11 children. And besides their five daughters, he and his wife raised three sons. They have 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren and that doesn t include the spouses! When everyone gathers for special occasions like Mr. and Mrs. Williams anniversary or birthdays, they share celebratory meals in a private dining room inFox Run sAscot Clubhouse. Mary Wolfe, a Williams grandchild and also Fox Run spersonal moving consultant reserves the room. Whenever I see Mary, says her grandfather, there s always a hug and I love you. We actually have to schedule our visits, admits Wolfe, because both have such packed schedules. But it feels nice to know that he s very close by. When we get together, we talk. I go to his apartment and just hang out. Family members, it seems, are always dropping by. They visit Mrs. Williams, play some billiards, or like Wolfe, simply relax in Mr. Williams apartment home. I don t think they have an apartment nicer than the one I m in, he says. A Hamilton floor plan, it has a large bedroom, one-and-a-half baths, and plenty of room to gather in the spacious living room, on the patio, or in a kitchen big enough to seat eight people. Living on the terrace level is also convenient; Mr. Williams car sits right outside his door. Such easy access makes it a cinch for him to drive to other family get-togethers, like those with a sister who lives in the area and a brother near Mount Pleasant. Or to his latest singing engagement one of Mr. Williams siblings recently talked him into forming a karaoke trio.

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