Retired Greenville police captain dies suddenly after stroke

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A 32-year-veteran and former public face of the Greenville Police Department has died.

The Greenville Police Department announced on Tuesday that 54-year-old retired Captain Carlton Williams died Monday evening after suffering a stroke over the weekend.

Williams, who served as the public face of the department as the public information officer for several years, started his career as a dispatcher in 1988 before becoming a sworn officer.

In addition to his public information role, Williams also served the city of Greenville as a patrol officer, detective, training officer, and drug task force investigator. He retired as the South Zone Commander in 2020.

According to the Greenville Police Department, Williams was known to the local homeless community as the “Angel Cop,” making frequent visits to homeless communities, checking conditions, and carrying food, water, clothing, and toiletries to pass among the people he would find. A non-profit he helped to start carries the same name.

Visitation will take place Saturday, February 3rd from 12:00 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Greenville First Pentecostal Holiness Church at 204 Brinkley Road. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the church with burial at Pinewood Memorial Park.