Ervin Edward Williams, 78, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010.
He was born July 17, 1931, in Slabtown, son of Ollie and Grace Thomas Williams Siddens. He and Frieda Beasley were married June 24, 1953.
He and his family lived in the Slabtown area until his father’s accidental drowning when he was an infant. He then moved with his mother to Licking. He graduated from Licking Schools.
He enlisted in the Navy on March 3, 1952, and was stationed in Port Hueneme, Calif. He served in the Korean War and was a member of the Sea Bees.
He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in 1968 and became an active member of Boone Creek Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. He most recently was as a leader and deacon in the ministry of Abounding Hope Church in Licking.
Ervin was a civil service employee at Fort Leonard Wood for many years. He and his wife, Frieda, owned and operated a service station in Licking. He lived in the Raymondville area most of his adult life.
Ervin was an active member of the local Masonic Lodge of Licking and Missouri Foxtrotter’s Association. He enjoyed riding horses, camping, fishing, attending southern gospel music concerts and spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frieda; and a stepfather, Bill Siddens.
Survivors include three children, Eddie Williams, Connie Buckner and Michael Williams; six grandchildren; three great-granddaughters; a sister, Louise Akers; a special friend, Janis Rensch; and many aunts, uncles, family members and friends.
Services were Thursday, May 27, at Fox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Boone Creek Cemetery.