Monroe Williams Bethlehem Steel worker


September 27, 1990

Monroe Williams, 82, who worked for Bethlehem Steel Corp. for 27 years before retiring in 1977, died Saturday at Bon Secours Hospital after a stroke.

Mr. Williams, who had lived in West Baltimore since 1937, began working at Sparrows Point in the coking department after serving with the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II. He earlier worked in construction and warehouse packing.

He was born and educated in Rockfish, N.C., where he married Efie Langston. In 1937, the Williamses moved to West Baltimore.

Mrs. Williams died in 1977, and Mr. Williams later married Sadie Kinion, who died in 1988.

Mr. Williams was a deacon of New Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Mr. Williams' survivors include a daughter, Mary A. Simmons, a stepdaughter, Roslyn Manigault, and an adopted son, Delray Matthews, all of West Baltimore; three brothers, Blount Williams of Rayford, N.C., Clifford Gilchrist of Fairmount, N.C., and O. C. Gilchrist of Manning, S.C.; a sister, Ida Levy of Washington; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.

Services for Mr. Williams were held Tuesday at New Metropolitan Baptist Church in West Baltimore.

The family suggests memorial donations to the American Diabetes Association.

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