Jeremy Williams honored for his faith

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  Greenville High School football coach Jeremy Williams holds a special place in the heart of millions.

He and his family were the recipients of a new home this summer, thanks to ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. His battle with Lou Gehrig's disease is far from over and during this, the season of giving, he received yet another special gift Sunday.

More than likely you've heard Jeremy Williams' name... Whether it was associated with coaching Greenville football, the recipient of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house, or the man who is battling Lou Gehrig's disease. His close friends know him as a man of God.

"I had the opportunity to see Coach Williams coaching on the sidelines but more importantly I got to hear him after the game giving praise to his players and coaches and praise to the opposing players and coaches and great praise to Jesus Christ," Andy Robinson shared with News Leader Nine.

Saint Luke United Methodist Church dedicated an entire Sunday school class to telling his story.

"It's such an honor. We just feel so very blessed to live in the community we live in and we're appreciative to everybody," said Jeremy's wife Jennifer Williams.

The room was filled with friends, family and complete strangers who have been inspired by Jeremy's courageous story.

Carver football coach and a close friend of Jeremy's, Dell McGee said, "He never complains, he never pouts, he never lets you know anything is going wrong. He always puts God in the light and rejoices Him no matter what the situation is."

Robinson added, "His great courage and faith and love for Jesus Christ and his faith through adversity mixed with his love for his family, his humor, his courage... He is an extremely inspiring individual."

Volunteers in the community presented the Williams family with a hand-painted picture of Jeremy after his Memphis State University football win over Southern California.

Jeremy Williams said the gift means a lot to him, "It was awesome. All I have is a small picture; I have a big one now. It's very impressive."

Jennifer Williams added, "Thank you so much to our Columbus community. How special our community makes us feel, we are very thankful."

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