Life story prepared by his family - EDWARD E. WILLIAMS, JR, (86) passed away on Saturday, January 29, 2022 at Ephrata Community Hospital after a sudden onset of pneumonia. Ed was a lifetime resident of Delta. Born in 1935 to the late Edward and Mary Williams, Ed was the second oldest of six children. Upon graduating from Kennard Dale High School, Ed enlisted in the US Navy and was on active duty for four years, serving on the U.S.S. Valley Forge. He then went to work at the Army base, Aberdeen Proving Ground, located in Maryland where he retired in 1990 at the age of 55.
He married the love of his life, Arlene in October 1962, after a long-distance courtship. Ed and Arlene were loving parents to their two children: Keith and Denise. Later in life, they would enjoy being proud grandparents to their two grandsons: Justin and Ryan and in 2020, great-grandparents to Coraline, daughter of Justin and his wife, Emily. In October 2021, Ed and Arlene celebrated 59 years of marriage; a month prior to Arlene’s passing.
Ed enjoyed gardening and feeding the neighborhood cats. In addition to a love of family, Ed was very sociable and known for his love of food and seeking out a good bargain. Most recently, he enjoyed going to breakfast with his son and friends every Sunday. He was also frequently seen over the recent years at church dinners and at the Delta Senior Center. He never met a stranger.
Ed is survived by his two children; Keith Williams and his wife, Sherri; Denise Lawson and her husband, Todd.
He is also survived by his grandson, Justin Williams and his wife, Emily, and their daughter, Coraline; his grandson Ryan Williams, his sister, Evelyn Petré; and brother, Donald Williams.
Ed was preceded in death by his mother and father; his wife, Arlene; his sister, Jane Marie South; his sister, Mary Ellen Arnold; and his brother, Lee Williams.
A Celebration of Life service honoring both Arlene and Ed will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the Peach Bottom Inn, 6085 Delta Rd, Delta, PA 17314 from noon to 3 PM. An informal ceremony will be held from noon to 12:30 PM. Light refreshments and fellowship will be from 12:30 – 3:00 PM. RSVP (accepts only) by April 30th to Denise (Williams) Lawson. Please leave a voicemail or text at 410-599-3559 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, his family would appreciate memorial contributions to the Delta Senior Center, 5 Pendyrus Street, Delta, PA 17314.