William H. Reams

-DEC. 21, 2011

December 23, 2011

William (Bill) Hunter Reams, of Keedysville, died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011, at Meritus Medical Center.

He was a longtime resident of Washington County, Md. Bill graduated from South Hagerstown High School in 1957.

He was the husband of Gail Lynn Cowell Reams, his wife of 44 years.

Born in West Palm Beach, Fla., he was the son of the late Bernadine Agnes Green Reams and the late Samuel Hunter Reams.

Bill attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he graduated with a mechanical engineering degree in 1962.

Bill worked as a civilian at the Naval Surface Weapons Center in Montgomery County, Md., for the first 18 years of his career, where he obtained eight patents. The second 18 years of his career were spent at Fort Detrick, USAMMDA, in Frederick, Md. He retired Oct. 17, 1998.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Billie Jo Rowland and husband, Derrell R. Rowland, of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Viki Lynn Wade and husband, Phillip A. Wade, of Tomball, Texas; five grandchildren, Austin R. Rowland, Tristan R. Rowland, Ethan H. Wade, Emma P. Wade and Parker H. Wade; and his sister Patty Reams Skinner and husband, Myers (Sonny) Skinner, of Goldsboro, Md.

The family is having a private remembrance of Bill's life at the home site of 19120 Geeting Road, Keedysville, MD 21756.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial contributions be made to your favorite charity.

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