Earl Williams, 85, a longtime Mabton resident passed away Friday, March 17, 2006, at Sunnyside Community Hospital.
Earl was born Dec. 20, 1920 on the Burney Place in the Glade, the son of Charley and Minnie (Bromley) Williams. He received his education in the Glade. Earl farmed with his father until the age of 32. He then worked for Williams Brothers Construction for a few years.
On January 8, 1955 he married Erma Anderson in Goldendale. They made their home in Mabton, where Earl began work as a journeyman carpenter and was a member of Carpenter's local 1849 of Pasco, training many apprentice carpenters. Earl retired in the early 80s after working on projects in Hanford, the Redmond Bridge and several dams on the Columbia River.
He was a member of the Mabton Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, helping to build the first rescue unit for the town of Mabton. Earl was a craftsman who enjoyed woodcarving and woodcutting for many tole painters. He was a collector of rocks and used rocks from the old Mabton hill to make an outdoor fireplace and rocks from the Bickleton area to make outdoor flower planters. He also had an extensive display of barbwire. He enjoyed gardening and in his later years was an avid reader of western stories.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Erma Williams of Mabton; his daughter, Earla Ann Williams of Malaysia; one brother, Glenn Williams of Mabton; and two sisters, Louise Ingraham of Kennewick, and Nora May Nelson of Keizer, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Claude Williams, Floyd Williams, Arthur Williams, Jack Williams and George Williams; and two sisters, Lucy Van Horn and Lucille Steffens.
Viewing and visitation will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2006, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home, Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with burial to follow at the Mabton Cemetery, Mabton. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.