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James H. Williams, Sr.

March 18, 1937 ~ October 5, 2019 (age 82)


James H. Williams, Sr., 82, of LaPlata, MD passed away on October 5, 2019 at home surrounded by his family.

Born on March 18, 1937 to the late Joseph E. Williams and the late Dorothy V. Williams, he is also predeceased by his sister, Peggy Skinner.  James leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Betty Jean Williams; son, James H. Williams, Jr. (Julie); daughter, Jill M. Sprouse (Rick); grandchildren, Kelly L. Pilkerton (John Allen), James Garner, III (Jennifer), Renee Hatcher (Jason) and Timothy Sprouse; and five great-grandchildren.

Born and raised in LaPlata, MD, James was a lifetime member of the LaPlata VFD and was employed by Coca Cola Co.   He enjoyed going to country music shows and antique stores.  James had a passion for collecting Coca Cola memorabilia and had an impressive collection of cars, trucks and whatever else struck his fancy.  Of James’ many interests, relationships with his family and friends were the most treasured.  He loved, nurtured and adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, proudly attending their sporting events.  James was greatly loved by his family and will be missed by the many lives he touched.

The family will receive friends at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, PA (211 St. Mary’s Ave., LaPlata, MD) on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 5PM to 8PM with Fireman's prayers at 7PM.  A Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (201 St. Mary’s Ave., LaPlata, MD) on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 11AM; Interment to follow in Holy Ghost Issue Cemetery (15848 Rock Point Rd., Newburg, MD).  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in James’ memory to LaPlata VFD (P.O. Box 728, LaPlata, MD 20646) or Hospice of Charles County (2505 Davis Rd., Waldorf, MD 20603).  Online condolences to the family can be shared at

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October 11, 2019

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.

Fireman's Prayers
October 11, 2019

7:00 PM
Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.

Funeral Mass
October 12, 2019

11:00 AM
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
201 St Mary's Ave.
LaPlata, MD 20646

Interment following Funeral Mass
October 12, 2019

12:30 PM
Holy Ghost Church Cemetery
15848 Rock Point Rd.
Newburg, Maryland 20664


Hospice House of Charles County
2505 Davis Rd., Waldorf MD 20603
Tel: 1-301-861-5300

LaPlata Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 728, LaPlata MD 20646

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