Orangeburg, SC (WLTX)- Former federal judge Karen Williams has passed away at the age of 62.
Wililams battled early onset Alzheimer's over the years and died Saturday. Previous Coverage: Karen Williams and her battle with Alzheimer's
Williams was a native of Orangeburg and was the first woman to become a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She retired in 2009 after her diagnosis with the disease.
She was a graduate of Columbia College and the USC School of Law.
Her son, Charlie Williams was heavily involved in the Alzheimer's community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Alzheimer's Association and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's.
Williams leaves behind her husband, Charles Hiram Williams II, and four children. Her husband is an attorney at Williams and Williams in Orangeburg.
Both of her sons Charlie and David practice at the law firm.
Visitation is at Willbrook Plantation on Sunday, Nov. 3rd from 5-7p.m.
The funeral will be at First Baptist Church of Orangeburg on Monday at 11a.m.