Paul Maxwell Williams was born Sept. 6, 1890, in Hutchinson, Kansas; died Oct. 5, 1945, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He married the former Serena Ruth Astle on June 12, 1916, in Hutchinson, KS. To this union two children were born, Melvin and Patricia.
His work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture took him and his family to Washington in 1924, where they settled at 2935 Northampton Street NW, in the DC portion of Chevy Chase. Ruth died in 1935, and on Jan. 27, 1944, Paul married the former Josephine Shiner in Baltimore, Maryland. Jo and Paul made their home in Arlington, Virginia.
His untimely death 18 months later, at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, was caused by faulty anesthesia during a minor operation to remove a throat polyp.
The following editorial appeared in The Chevy Chase Citizen, Vol. 7, No. 2, November 1945:
Paul Maxwell Williams
Civic and Religious Leader.
First President, Woodrow Wilson Home and School Association.
Trustee, National Society Christian Endeavor.
Elder, Covenant-First Presbyterian Church.
Member, Chevy Chase Citizens Association.
Assistant Director, Food and Vegetable Branch, Production and Marketing Administration, Department of Agriculture.
"There were never enough minutes in the day for Paul Williams. He had his official work which he built into a valuable protective agency for the public in his sponsoring and developing of grade labeling. There were his Christian Endeavor contacts through which scores of men and boys received counsel and direction; there were the many years he and Mrs. Williams gave to school affairs. The death of Mrs. Williams ten years ago brought no diminution of civic interest on Mr. Williams' part.
"Despite increased responsibilities and arduous official trips, school and church organizations received many hours of his time.
"As chairman of the first temporary organization, Mr. Williams helped to form the permanent Home and School Association of Woodrow Wilson and served as its President until the fall of 1937. In that capacity and as a member of the executive board of Alice Deal Junior High he made many appearances before committees of Congress. The grounds and buildings of Woodrow Wilson owe a great deal of their present beauty to the successful efforts of Mr. Williams before Congress.
"Melvin, Lieutenant, U.S.M.C., his only son, died at Iwo Jima, March 9th of this year. Mr. Williams leaves a daughter, Patricia, and his second wife, the former Mrs. Josephine Shiner.
"Paul Williams will not be forgotten in Chevy Chase. Faithful workers such as he in this and other communities have built the schools and churches, have developed and made richer the civic life. And when at last they tiredly "lay them down for pleasant dreams," the world they leave is always a little cleaner, a little better and a little happier because they have passed through."
[Note: The year after his death, because of years of effort by many church leaders including Ruling Elder Paul Maxwell Williams, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the USA renamed Covenant-First Presbyterian Church, mentioned in the memorial above, as the "National Presbyterian Church."]
Nathan Edgar Williams (1856 - 1926)
Nancy Eleanor Maxwell Williams (1860 - 1935)
Serena Ruth Astle Williams (1893 - 1935)
Josephine Shiner Williams (1893 - 1979)
Paul Melvin Williams (1919 - 1945)*
Patricia Ruth Williams Hays (1923 - 1958)*
Paul Maxwell Williams (1890 - 1945)
Mary Elizabeth Williams Wallace (1896 - 1987)*
Jessie Lutetia Williams Priddle (1904 - 1995)*
Fort Lincoln Cemetery
Prince George's County
Plot: Block 8
Created by: Paul Hays
Record added: Feb 25, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66138617