Ernest Eugene McWilliams, 83, son of William H. and Mary Edna Mackney McWilliams, was born Feb. 23, 1921, near Evening Shade. He died Feb. 28, 2004, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston. Mr. McWilliams grew up in the Evening Shade community and graduated from Plato High School in 1939. He worked on the family farm until entering the military. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After being honorably discharged, he began a career in civil service as a supply clerk. He retired in the early ’60s. He married Edith Darrah Hollenbeck in 1972. She preceded him in death July 14, 1992. Later in his life, he owned and operated Interstate Trailer Park in Lebanon. He was a member of the Southern Heights Christian Church at Lebanon. In his spare time, he enjoyed being outdoors where he liked working in his garden. He enjoyed playing bridge and belonged to a bridge club at Lebanon. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Isaac Oscar, Herbert Hadley, William Leslie and Charles Merle; and four sisters, Betty Estalla, Ruby Margaret, Lena May and Mabel Irene. Surviving are a daughter, Loetta Sutton of Houston; a stepdaughter, Joie Mitchell of Tehachapi, Calif.; a sister, Inez Bryant of Rolla; and two grandchildren. Services were Saturday, March 6, at the Holman-Howe Funeral Home at Lebanon. Burial was in the Mount Rose Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Care at the Texas County Memorial Hospital. “

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