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Ernest Dillard Williams

Ernest Dillard Williams, age 71, of Erwin, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, after an extended illness. A native of Erwin, Ernest is a son of Wilma (Philips) Williams and the late Coy Williams. He was a proud veteran of the United States Army, having served durig the Vietnam War. Ernest was an intelligent and unique man, who loved his wife, family and country. He enjoyed computers, books and walking and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. In addition to his father, Ernest is preceded in death by his sister, Joyce Marie; daughter, Christina Cowper; and nephew, Richard Williams.

In addition to his mother, Ernest Dillard Williams has left behind to cherish his memories:

Wife of 48 years: Diane (Belknap) Williams, of Erwin;

Grandchildren: Thomas Parsons, of CA,

Timmy Parsons, of CA;

Sister: Mary English and husband, Gary, of Erwin;

Brother: Carl Williams and wife, Edna, of Erwin;

Nieces: Michelle Zundel, of Erwin,

Janet Townsend and husband, Howard, of Erwin;

Nephews: Keith Williams and wife, Tracy, of Erwin,

William Barnett, of Erwin,

Greg Belknap, of CA;

Sister-in-law: Clara K. Belknap, of CA;

Several other extended family and friends.

The family would like to express sincere thanks to Janet and Howard Townsend for their love and support and to the staff at James H. Quillen VA Medical Center for their care.

The family respectfully requests the honor of your presence as we offer tribute and remember the life of Ernest Dillard Williams in a gathering of family and friends at the Townsend household on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed at or on Facebook at These arrangements are made especially for the family and friends of Ernest Dillard Williams through Valley Funeral Home, 1085 N. Main Ave., Erwin, 423-743-9187.