February 17, 1918 ~ August 19, 2011
Sherman Benjamin Williams
Sherman Benjamin Williams, 93, died Friday, August 19, 2011 at his home near Robbins as a result of declining health.
The family will receive friends at Kennedy Funeral Home in Robbins from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday, August 21, 2011 and other times at the home. A service to celebrate Sherman's life will be held at Pleasant View Evangelical Friends Church, 13942 NC HWY 24-27, where he was a member at Monday, August 22, 2011 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Jacelyn Jones, Pastor officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Williams, a native of Moore County, was born February 17, 1918, to the late Lucas and Blanche Williams. His wife of 66 years, Annie Ruth Maness Williams; son Larry Sherman Williams; son-in-law, David L. Murphy; brothers, infant Earl, Wilbert, Hubert, Madison, Roby; sisters, Louvene Brown and Irene Hussey preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Murphy of Southern Pines and Donna Vaughn of Asheboro; son, Ronald Williams and wife Barbara of Clearfield, Pennsylvania; and daughter-in-law, Karen Williams of Raleigh; sisters Peggy Oakley of Greensboro and Arlene Brewer of Eagle Springs; brothers Gurney, Elwood and Worthy Williams all of Eagle Springs; grandchildren: Deidra Murphy Steed ( Joseph) of Candor, Dacia Murphy Price (Matthew) of Asheboro, Brian David Murphy of Smithfield, Allison Williams Havener (Jeffrey) of Raleigh, Courtney Williams Powers (Daniel) of Burlington, Dondra Jo Vaughn of Savannah, Georgia, Derek Joseph Vaughn (Jennifer) of Lillington, Dana Jonathan Vaughn (Marie) of Apex and Holly Williams Carpenter (Jay) of Cary. Sherman was blessed with 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Mr. Williams was employed for many years as the Supervisor of the Supply Department of Robbins Mills, Ameritron and Deering Millikan. He was employed as Supply Supervisor at Huntington Distributors and Mansion Homes where he was employed at the time of his retirement.
Sherman was committed to God's service as an active member of Pleasant View. In 1937, he helped clear the property donated by mother and father-in-law, Willie and Dora Maness, and assisted in the construction of the church. He served in many capacities including church trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, Clerk of monthly meeting, Ministry and Oversight, Chairman of the Cemetery Committee, and was instrumental in establishing the Cemetery Endowment Fund. For many years he served as caretaker of the church cemetery.
Sherman set a Christian example in all things as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, through worship, truthfulness in speech, honesty in all obligations and in fairness to all people. He was hospitable always putting others first and maintained a spirit filled life. His desire was for peace in all things, equality and sharing, to help family, friends, neighbors and those in need. He never met a stranger and always had a smile.
Those wishing to make a gift in memory of Mr. Williams may do so to: Pleasant View Evangelical Friends Church Cemetery Endowment Fund, c/o Greer Williams, 1071 Talc Mine Road, Eagle Springs, NC 27242 or to First Health Hospice, 150 Applecross Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
Kennedy Funeral Home in Robbins is serving the Williams family. Online condolences at: www. PinesFunerals.com