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Offered February 22, 2003
On the death of Ernest Howard Williams, Jr.

Patrons-- Lambert, Blevins, Bolling, Chichester, Colgan, Cuccinelli, Hanger, Hawkins, Houck, Howell, Marsh, Martin, Miller, K.G., Miller, Y.B., Mims, Newman, Norment, O'Brien, Potts, Quayle, Rerras, Ruff, Saslaw, Stolle, Stosch, Trumbo, Wagner, Wampler, Watkins and Williams

WHEREAS, after a long life of service to the Commonwealth, the Honorable Ernest Howard “Judge” Williams, Jr., a native son of Smithfield and a resident of Richmond, died on February 19, 2003, at the age of 88; and

WHEREAS, a 1935 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, “Judge” Williams remained a loyal and active supporter of the Institute throughout his long life, serving two terms as a member of the Board of Visitors and remaining a member of the Keydet Club at the time of his death; and

WHEREAS, upon graduation from VMI, “Judge” Williams graduated from the T. C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond, was admitted to the Virginia Bar, practiced law in Newport News and Richmond, had a long and successful career as a public policy advocate, and was of counsel to the law firm of White, Blackburn and Conte at his retirement; and

WHEREAS, at the age of 27, “Judge” Williams was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he represented the citizens of Isle of Wight, Nansemond, and Suffolk Counties with distinction during the 1942 and 1944 General Assembly Sessions; and

WHEREAS, "Judge" Williams was a member of the House Finance, Schools and Colleges, Moral and Social Welfare, and Interstate Cooperation Committees; and

WHEREAS, in a time of deepest peril to our nation and our Commonwealth, "Judge" Williams resigned from the House when called to active duty in the United States Army during the Second World War; and

WHEREAS, a longtime advocate and expert on transportation issues in the Commonwealth, “Judge” Williams served for 30 years as the Executive Director of the Virginia Highway Users Association, representing the Virginia trucking industry before the General Assembly, the United States Congress, and various local, state and federal agencies; and

WHEREAS, throughout his life, “Judge” Williams voluntarily devoted his efforts, energy and substantial skills to a variety of projects of great benefit to the Commonwealth, most notably lending support and leadership to the successful effort to establish the Virginia Horse Center at Lexington; and

WHEREAS, “Judge” Williams was a devoted member of Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, where he sought always to serve God by serving his neighbors; and

WHEREAS, a devoted husband and loving father, “Judge” Williams is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years, Dora Terrell Williams, his daughter Sue Villarosa, and two sons, Ernest Howard Williams III and Robert Luther Terrell Williams; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia General Assembly, the entire Virginia Military Institute family, and the Commonwealth of Virginia have lost a prominent citizen and true friend in the Honorable Ernest Howard “Judge” Williams, Jr.; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Senate of Virginia hereby note with sadness the passing of an exceptional citizen of the Commonwealth, Ernest Howard Williams, Jr.; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to the family of Ernest Howard Williams, Jr. as an expression of the esteem in which his memory is held by the members of the Senate of Virginia.

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