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Edgar E. Williams Jr.December 7, 1936 ~ December 8, 2017 (age 81)
EDGAR EUGENE WILLIAMS, JR. was born on December 7, 1936 to Edgar Eugene Williams, Sr. and Lucille Betty James. He departed this life on December 8, 2017. Born and raised in East Baltimore, Maryland, Edgar was educated in the Baltimore City Public School System. He attended Benjamin Banneker Elementary School and Joseph C. Briscoe Middle-High School, #452. In high school he studied interior decorating. A leader among his peers he served as Class President. He also served as a safety patrol and sang with the school choir. For his leadership and service, he received the “Outstanding Student Medal”. Edgar developed a strong work ethic at an early age. At the age of 13, he earned fifty cents a day hauling ice for a Jewish lady who owned a store on the corners of Greenmount and Madison Avenues. Hauling ice was an important job during that time-before the invention of the refrigerator. He later went on to work with his step-father Jertson (Jesse) Muse at an upholstery company refurbishing furniture. In 1953, at the age of 17, Edgar entered the United States Air Force (USAA). After basic training he went to technical school and started a career as an Aircraft Maintenance Technician. He worked in take-off maintenance and serviced a variety of fighter aircraft including the Boeing 47 Stratojet and Boeing 52 Stratofortress. He later worked in maintenance management production as an Aircraft Scheduler. The USAA afforded Edgar the opportunity to travel to different bases for training, work, and deployment. His first station was Plattsburgh Airforce Base, in Plattsburgh, NY. His last was Lockbourne Airforce Base in Columbus, Ohio. In between Plattsburgh and Lockbourne Edgar was stationed in: Arizona, Denver, Colorado, one of the Dakotas, Michigan, Morocco, Guam, the Philippines, and Spain. He met, then married, Margaret Wilson at the age of 19. From this union came seven children. In 1983, he wed Pearl Robinson. Throughout Edgar’s military career he exemplified personal integrity, loyalty, leadership, dedication, devotion to duty, and proficiency in knowledge and skills. These characteristics, coupled with his competitive nature, were instrumental in Edgar being promoted to the non-commissioned rank of Staff Sergeant(E-5). Edgar served in the Vietnam War. He frequently received the Good Conduct Medal. On January 1, 1974, Sergeant Edgar Williams retired after 20 years and 10 days of service. After retirement, Edgar remained in Columbus Ohio, and went to work at General Electric. He also worked at a detention center for youth. Eventually he moved back home to Baltimore and drove for the Yellow Cab Company. He was a Security Officer at the Patapsco Flea Market and the Chief of Security at St. Agnes Hospital before planting roots at the Baltimore Civic Center. On July 4, 1983 while driving through downtown Baltimore, Edgar met Nadine Howard. Destined from the start, they were united in holy matrimony on June 7, 1989. From this union, he raised a daughter, Isoke Achoe and son Mahammad Williams. A natural leader, Edgar rose from a Security Officer to the Director of Security, During the summer months he worked a 2nd job as Head of Security at the Pier Six Pavilion. Family and friends enjoyed a variety of shows and events throughout the years. Edgar retired from 1st Mariner Arena (formerly Civic Center) in October 2004 after 28 years of dedicated service. A superior wrote that he “…fulfilled his duties throughout his tenure with the utmost pride and commitment”. Throughout the years Edgar received accolades, awards, certificates and recognitions, among them being: a letter of thanks from the 41st President of the U.S., George H. W. Bush, a certificate of appreciation from the White House Communications Agency, a letter of recognition from Mayor Martin O’Malley, resolutions upon retirement from the Maryland Senate, Thomas V. Miller, Jr., President and the Baltimore City Council, Sheila Dixon, President and a certificate of appreciation from the Baltimore City Police Department, Leonard Hamm, Commissioner. Edgar came out of retirement in 2007 and went back to work at the 1st Mariner Arena until his final farewell in 2011. His career in the security profession spanned over 35 years. Edgar was a man of strong faith. In his youth he attended church every Sunday with his paternal grandmother at Israel Baptist Church. Edgar accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age and had a desire to preach. He would stand on milk crates and preach in his backyard. Neighborhood children and adults would stop and listen. He wanted to be a minister and often felt like he missed his calling. Edgar felt strength in The Word. His favorite scriptures were Matthew 6:9-13 The Lord’s Prayer, and One day at a time was his favorite song. Edgar was dedicated and an active member of Acholic Anonymous. He used the 12 steps daily and found comfort in the serenity prayer. He maintained his sobriety living one day at a time. He always encouraged family and friends who battled addiction. He was known for saying, “Easy does It”. With two “thumbs up”. Edgar was a family man, and outstanding provider. A supportive. loving and caring husband and father. He was generous to his family. He was known for giving good birthday and holiday gifts. He was a handyman, “fixer upper” who couldn’t fix most things, but it wouldn’t stop him from trying. He enjoyed spending time with his family. He enjoyed going to the cinema to see the latest blockbuster with his wife. He enjoyed family drives to the Nation’s Capital and surrounding states. He enjoyed the ribs at his favorite spot, Ribs in D.C. and the cheesesteak subs in Philly. He had a stubborn streak too. If he got lost during a road trip he refused to stop and ask for directions and he wouldn’t use a map, despite his wife’s pleading. Edgar had to find his own way; he always got his family to their destination and safely home. His family enjoyed his cooking. Fried chicken, salmon and rice, and spaghetti loaded with ground beef, sausage, and hotdogs was his specialty. Edgar was fondly called Junior by his mother, siblings and maternal family. Edgar was liked and respected amongst his peers. He was a generous and supportive friend. Edgar’s favorite color was blue, the color of serenity to match his peaceful, kind-hearted nature. Edgar enjoyed sports, especially boxing and football. Edgar was liked and respected amongst the Northwood Football League. Edgar was an amateur boxer: his nickname was Spider. Spider won several trophies. Edgar supported all of his children. Edgar enjoyed different genres of Jazz, the Blues, and Oldie but Goodies. His favorite group was the Temptations. During his heyday he liked to “party” and socialize. Edgar enjoyed family gatherings. He enjoyed going to Druid Hill Park to sit under his favorite tree, on the hill, above the pool. Being late was Edgar’s pet peeve. He liked to be on time and you didn’t want to make him late. Edgar was known to give people the “no no no” finger. He encouraged his children through the trials of life using parables and stories. He always told them “You have to learn to dodge the bricks”. Meaning, be careful how you respond to what life throws your way. Edgar’s warm smile, one of a kind personality, big heart, and generous spirit will be greatly missed. Edgar is predeceased by: sons, Darryl Eugene Williams and Edgar Eugene Williams, III: daughter Angela “Angie” Marie Williams: his father, Edgar Eugene Williams, Sr., his mother, Lucille Muse; sister, Carolyn Muse Banks, and maternal grandparents Charles and Betty Green James. We thank and praise God for the life of our beloved, EDGAR EUGENE WILLIAMS, JR. and we who remain are grateful for everything he did for us as a as a husband, father, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend. We will cherish his memory and always remember his life, work, and time among us. Edgar is survived by: his best friend, wife Nadine; 6 children; Reginald A. Williams (Deborah), Yvette M. Williams, Karen W. Warren (Darryl) , Rodrick W. Williams, Isoke Achoe and Mahammad L. Williams: 1 stepdaughter: Louisa Clark, 28 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; Jerome Muse and Alonzo Muse (Kathleen) and 4 sisters: Bessie Williams Roberts, Helena Muse Brown, Verta Mae Muse and Sandra Muse Turner; 17 nephews and nieces; 49 great-nephews and great-nieces; 37 nephews and nieces by marriage; a host of great-nephews and great-nieces by marriage; close cousin Walter Knight and a host of other cousins; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Risbey; in laws; William Howard (Yoma), Norvin Howard (Gloria), and Natalie McAllister (James); and a host of other relatives and friends.