Bishop John Edward Williams Sr., 74, of Coatesville, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8, 2008, in the Life Care Center in West Chester.He was the husband of Cecilia Christine Coleman Williams; they were celebrating 50 years of marriage.

Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Edward and Sadie Nesmith Williams.

He was a postmaster at the West Chester Post Office.

Bishop Williams was the vice presiding bishop of the Way of the Cross Church of Christ International.

Of his many accomplishments, he most enjoyed studying the Bible and family life with his wife and children.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by nine children; one brother; one sister; 24 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

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