Hancock deputy dies in crash

A Hancock County deputy died Saturday night after crashing into a tree while riding a motorcycle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputy Willie James Williams, 58, was off duty at the time of the accident. No one else was injured, Sheriff Tomyln Primus said.The crash occurred just before 7:30 p.m. on Broad Street in Sparta, in front of the courthouse. The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident, Primus said.

Williams had been employed with the sheriff’s office for 20 years while also serving as chief registrar with the registrar’s office and pastor of Solid Rock Baptist Church in Appling, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

He retired as an educator with the Hancock County Board of Education after 30 years, according to the release.

Williams is survived by his wife, three children and four grandchildren.