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Williams' Children Are Unable to Settle Dispute

July 24, 2002|From Associated Press

INVERNESS, Fla. — Two of Ted Williams' children withdrew their request to settle privately the dispute with their half sister over the Hall of Famer's remains.

Robert Goldman, an attorney for John Henry Williams and Claudia Williams, filed the motion in Citrus County Circuit Court on Tuesday, saying the elder daughter, Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell, has "no intention of making any good faith effort to reach a private understanding."

Ted Williams died July 5 and his body was then sent to be frozen at Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Arizona, under the orders of John Henry Williams and Claudia Williams. Ferrell is seeking to retrieve her father's body from the Arizona lab, cremate it and sprinkle his ashes off the coast of Florida, as Williams' will dictates.

Neither Goldman nor Ferrell's attorney, Richard Fitzpatrick, immediately returned calls Tuesday seeking comment.

Chip Tuttle, a spokesman for Williams' estate, said: "It appears the Williams family will not be able to resolve this matter privately and will move forward to seek help from the court."

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