Robert E. Wil­liams

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CENTREVILLE — Robert E. Wil­liams, 83, died peace­fully Nov. 30, 2016, at his home in Centreville.

Bob was born Dec. 30, 1932, in Philadel­phia to Sa­muel and Lil­lian Mills Wil­liams. He mar­ried Nancy El­liott Wil- liams in 1957, and they had five chil- dren, Jamie and Mike Al­bon (Mount Joy, Pa.), Jonie Estell (Hob­son, Mont.), Judie and Joel Smith (High Point, N.C.), Jenni Wil­liams (Ca­tonsville, Md.), and Pa­trick Wil­liams and Heather Twomey (Raleigh, N.C.). He had 14 grand­chil­dren and nine great-grand­chil­dren. He is also sur­vived by his brother, Richard Wil­liams and wife Joann (Sal­is­bury) and was pre­ceded in death by his brother, Sa­muel “Buddy” Wil­liams.

Bob loved his fam­ily; he also loved ap­ple frit­ters, Thrasher’s french fries and gelato from Rita’s. He was very proud of his mil­i­tary ser­vice and his ca­reer as an investigator with the Maryland State Po­lice and state’s at­tor­ney’s of­fice. He grad­u­ated from Mardela High School in 1950 and im­me­di­ately en­listed in the U.S. Air Force, where he served two tours in Ja­pan and one in Korea as an air po­lice­men. While in Korea, Bob — who had a life­long love of mu­sic — sang with a band that per­formed for mil­i­tary of­fi­cers and en­listed men. He was dis­charged in 1954.

In 1955, Bob joined the Maryland State Po­lice and spent 21 years as a crim­i­nal investigator. He was named State Trooper of the Year in 1968 and re­tired from the force in 1976. That year, he was hired as Queen Anne’s County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice’s first investigator. He re­tired in 2010 af­ter nearly 60 years do­ing po­lice and in­ves­tiga­tive work.

Vis­i­ta­tion and ser­vices were held at Centreville United Methodist Church Mon­day, Dec. 5, 2016. Burial fol­lowed in the Ch­ester­field Ceme­tery, and the fam­ily will host a re­cep­tion in the CUMC fel­low­ship hall.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial do­na­tions may be made to Sa­mar­i­tan’s Purse, P. O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

Ar­range­ments are in the care of Zeller Fu­neral Home in East New Mar­ket.

ROBERT E. WIL­LIAMS

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