Edward Sinclair WILLIAMS

Edward Sinclair Williams

ROCHESTER, IL - Mr. Edward Sinclair Williams, 82, was called to eternal rest at home on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. He was born Aug. 5, 1931, to Henry N. Williams and Lillian (Hall) Williams Robinson in Trenton, N.J.

Edward was always interested in opera, classical music, plays and church choirs. When he and his wife attended the Lyric Opera in Chicago, it was not necessary to read the libretto. Edward knew the stories of all of the operas and was proud to share them. In Chicago he expressed his glorious tenor voice by singing with the Opera Chorus, The Tommies and several church choirs. After moving to Springfield he studied vocal music with Mr. Lundgren. He acted in several Muni Opera Productions, the now defunct Springfield Opera Company, the Theatre Center and the Senior Citizens Mature Mob. Also he sang in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir and the St. Paul A.M.E. Church Sanctuary Choir. He enjoyed hunting and was a member of the National Rifle Association.

Edward served in the Army during the Korean Conflict before returning to Illinois to work in several State Departments and private businesses. He retired in 1991 from the Department of Public Aid after working for the State for 22 years. He was an active member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church for 49 years, serving as a Trustee, organizer of the Men's Club, a choir soloist and member of the Lay Organization. In 1978 he received the Illinois Annual Conference Layman of the Year Award.

Edward graduated from Roosevelt High School in Trenton in 1949. He attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. majoring in Chemistry. After two years he moved to Chicago to be with his mother and family. During his time in Chicago he worked in various factories and Hines Medical Center until he realized that his calling was in the field of data processing. He later moved to Springfield where he met his future wife, Betty Jean. They were married on June 5, 1965, after a three year courtship. The marriage lasted 48 happy years. Later he returned to school at the University of Illinois in Springfield where he received a Bachelors Degree in Economics.

His deceased family members include his mother, father, mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Mahr, father-in-law, Sylvester M. Mahr, and brother-in law, Roland A. Mahr.

He leaves to cherish his memory his adoring wife, Betty Jean of Rochester; a brother, Clifford Williams; a niece, Michele Williams Brown (Wiley) both of Chicago; a nephew, Clifford Lamont Williams of Merrillville, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Laura Williams of Alsip; and a very special cousin, Delores Frailles of Ewing, N.J. Additionally he will be remembered by three great-nephews, one great-niece, and many friends.

His robust laugh was a "Joyful Noise Unto the Lord."

Visitation will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 16 followed by Home-going services at noon at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 1130 S. 16th St., Springfield, IL 62703. Interment will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The Officient will be Rev. Galda I. McCants. A repast will follow the burial.

Walker Funeral Services is serving the family.

Published in The State Journal-Register on Aug. 14, 2013