Rev Walter Williams

Rev Walter Williams

Poolesville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 16 Sep 1946 (aged 74)
Richmond County, Virginia, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row B+, Lot 3, Site 2
Memorial ID 32921171 · View Source
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- Richard Walter Williams [1814-1890]
- Hester Chiswell (White) Williams [1834-1917]

Married Anna Cost (Poole) Williams

Regret Over Retirement of Episcopal Minister

Rev. Walter Williams' "community activities," the confidence he inspired in the pursuit of his "sacred calling," his sterling qualities and absolute dependability and his "eye to the highest interest spiritually' were lauded by the Ministerial Association of Harrisburg and Rockingham, which adopted resolutions expressing deep regret over the resignation of the rector of Emmanuel Episcopal Church on account of ill health.

The resolutions drawn by Rev. Eugene B. Jackson and Rev. J. Silor Garrison, are as follows:

"The retirement of Reverend Walter Williams as rector of the Emmanuel Church of our city, on account of illness, is a matter of more than passing notice and significance, since he had become part of the life of the community. He was a most valued and helpful member of the Ministerial Association and gave his time and thought eagerly in carrying forward its activities. We desire thus to express our sincere appreciation of such a life in the building of the Kingdom in human hearts."

"He was graduated at the Virginia Theological Seminary near Alexandria, Va., in June, 1908, and was ordained at that time. He was sent, as minister-in-charge of Grace Church, Georgetown, D.C., and served in the capacity as rector for four and a half years. In January 1914, he became assistant on the staff of St. Thomas' Chapel, the East side Mission of St. Thomas' Church, New York City. In November 1917, he went to Richmond, Va., as assistant minister at St. James' Church. He left there June 2, 1919, to come to Harrisonburg as rector of Emmanuel Church, in which capacity he has served to the present time.

"His activities in this community life have been outstanding. In the early years he helped organize the Harrisonburg Federation of Churches, which for some five years carried on an interdenominational mission work in the North end of the town. He was president of this organization in all the years of its activity.

"He was a charter member of the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club and served for a time on its Board of Directors and for a year as District Trustee. He was chairman of the Kiwanis Library Committee, which developed the Rockingham Library Association, a city-county organization, which established and administers the Rockingham Public Library. He has been president of the Board of Trustees of this association from its beginning in 1928.

"As a member of the Ministerial Association, he acted as its secretary for several years and was its president for one year. He had been for years an active member of the Executive Committee of the American Red Cross.

"With such a record in community activities for more than eighteen years, his family may be proud. He has pursued his Sacred Calling, commanding always the utmost respect and confidence of the entire community. Association with him reveal sterling qualities of character and absolute dependability. He has unostentaciously moved in and out among us with an eye to the highest interests spiritually, not only for his own congregation but also alert to the highest interests of the community.

"Harrisonburg will miss the presence of the quiet Christian gentleman in his removal to Richmond and will hold in grateful remembrance both himself and his good wife."

From the Dorothy (Jones) Elgin Collection

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  • Originally Created by: Esther Millard
  • Added: 14 Jan 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 32921171
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Walter Williams (3 Jan 1872–16 Sep 1946), Find a Grave Memorial no. 32921171, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by LDM (contributor 46896831) .