S.C. civil rights leader Isaac Williams laid to rest

COLUMBIA -- S.C. civil rights luminary Isaac W. "Ike" Williams was laid to rest Tuesday in Columbia, after being saluted by dignitary and common man alike as a true "servant leader."

Hundreds assembled to say goodbye to Williams, and they were led by Senior U.S. District Judge Matthew Perry, one of the Palmetto State's most iconic and significant civil rights figures.

Perry, who championed blacks' struggle for civil liberties and spearheaded the legal challenge in courts, said he met Williams in the early 1960s, and he recalled an "eager, ambitious, highly motivated young man that indeed was on his way somewhere."

Williams, 62, a former state NAACP field director and a chief aide to U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn, died Friday at a Columbia hospital after suffering a massive stroke.

"He served all the way up to last week, when his moment came," Perry said.

Gov. Mark Sanford paid tribute to Williams at a memorial service Monday night.

Williams was buried at Memorial Gardens of Columbia.