Robert E. Williams
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