J. Hoit Williams, 83

March 17, 2011
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MARCH 29, 1927-MARCH 15, 2011

J. Hoit (Hoyt) Williams, 83, of Hagerstown, died Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born March 29, 1927, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late William Marcus and Violet Hildon Godlove Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Knode Reed Williams.

He is survived by one grandson, three great-grandchildren and several nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Madge Williams Wetzel; one brother, Marcus "Eggie" Williams; one son, Dennis James Williams; one brother-in-law, Paul Wetzel; and nephew, Paul Wetzel, Jr.

He attended Hagerstown schools and served in the U.S. Army in World War II.

Mr. Williams worked for Aamco Transmissions in Frederick, and Hoffman Chevrolet, Inc. He owned and operated Williams Transmission. He retired from Mack Trucks Inc. in the Engine and Research Department in 1987.

He was a life member of the following clubs: Funkstown American Legion Post 211, Redmen Tribe 84 Williamsport, VFW 6319 Greencastle, Pa., and the Western Maryland Sportsman Club. He was also a member of the AMVETS Post 10, Antique Automobile Club of America, Mason-Dixon Antique Auto Club, Golden Bulldogs, and the Loyal Order of Moose Mercersburg Lodge 1790.

A special thanks to all caregivers for their assistance during his illness in the past 4 1/2 years.

The family will receive friends and family at Minnich Funeral Home, 415 E. Wilson Blvd., Hagerstown on Monday, March 21, 2011, from 6 to 9 p.m.

A service will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 1 p.m. at the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, with Pastor Randy Reid officiating. Burial will be in Bakersville Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial donations for J. Hoit “Hoyt” Williams, who died Tuesday, March 15, may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 802 Summit Ave., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

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