Ernest Conway Williams, Sr. , 82
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church Bushwood, MD with Father Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. “Ernest” Conway Williams, Sr., of Clements, MD died on April 30, 2012 at Hospice House, Callaway, MD. Born on February 7, 1930 in Mechanicsville, MD., he was the son of J. Gwinn and Mary Jane Williams. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy Thompson Williams whom he married on April 18, 1949 in Holy Angels Catholic Church Avenue, MD and preceded him in death on November 1, 2001. Mr. Williams is survived by his children: Connie Elaine Gibson (Buddy) and Ernest Conway Williams, Jr. (Marcy), of Clements MD., grandchildren: Thomas E. Bailey, III of Avenue, MD., Craig Ernest Bailey of Coltons Point, MD., Wendy Elizabeth Gibson of Avenue, MD., Ernest Conway Williams, III of Leonardtown, MD., Heather Ann Dixon, and Melissa Marie Williams both of Clements, MD. Ernest is also survived by his siblings: Donald R. Williams of Clements, MD., and Barbara Williams Gool of Goldsboro, NC. He is preceded in death by his daughters: Mary Diane Bailey and Elizabeth Ann Williams, as well as siblings: James Roger Williams, Catherine Virginia Williams, Joseph Gwinn Williams, Jr., Francis E. Williams and Lawrence Williams, Sr. After graduating from Margaret Brent High School in 1947, Mr. Williams went to work for the FBI in Washington, DC. when he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Ann Thompson and they returned to St. Mary’s County to raise their family. Mr. Williams worked for Shell Oil delivering fuel oil throughout the county, and later to operate Williams Shell Station in Clements, MD for over twenty five years. In later years he owned and operated the Ernest Williams Excavating Company. Mr. Williams loved music. He played numerous musical instruments, and was a member of Bob Norris, and the Country Cousins who performed throughout the Southern Maryland region for over 40 years. Ernest was a former member of the 7th District Volunteer Rescue Squad during the late 1960’s. He retired and spent his remaining years tinkering in his workshop on his farm in Clements. Ernest enjoyed family gatherings, loved sharing family history, and stories with his children and grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 from 5:00 PM -8:00 PM with prayers at 7:00 Pm in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 10:00 AM with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Thomas E. Bailey, III, Ernest C. Williams, III, Paul Colona, Matthew Ardis , Jimmy Williams, David Williams, and Craig Bailey. Contributions may be made to the Seventh Dist Vol. Rescue Squad P.O. Box 7 Avenue, MD. 20609, and/or Hospice House of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. Leonardtown, MD.