Charles E. "Sonny" McWilliams, Jr., 90, of 520
Sylvan Drive, DuBois, PA, passed away September 23, 2016 at Christ the King
Manor in DuBois. Sonny and his late wife, Nancy Donohue McWilliams, were
life-long residents of Danville, PA. He was born December 1, 1925 in
Danville, the son of the late Charles E. and Alma Kooher McWilliams. He was
preceded in death by his sister, Bessie McWilliams Sliker.
Married on July 15, 1946, Nancy and Sonny were
married for 68 years until her death in 2014.
Sonny graduated from Danville High School in 1942.
After high school, he enrolled at Gettysburg on a football & basketball
scholarship. His academic career was interrupted when he enlisted in the U.
S. Army in WW II, achieving rank of Private First Class and receiving the
Bronze Star, the Battle of the Bulge medal, Europe-Africa medal, Combat
Service medal, and Army Good Conduct, Honorable Service and WW II Victory
Sonny worked as a butcher and grocer in his
fatherís grocery store for a long time. He graduated from Bloomsburg State
College with a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, earned a Master's
degree in Elementary Education from Bucknell University and a Masterís
Degree in History from Bloomsburg University Ė the first class in a graduate
program at Bloomsburg University. He started his teaching career in
Selinsgrove School District, then transferred to the Danville School
District where he taught many grades. He eventually became principal of
Riverside School, then the Diehl School until his retirement in 1988.
Sonny was a member of Pine Street Lutheran Church,
He was an avid fly fisherman and hunter. He
liked to bowl, play Pinochle, dance, sing and even played the drums. He
belonged to the Moose, Elks, American Legion and VFW. In the 1960ís, he was
the Montour County Treasurer. From 1989 until 1995 he served on the
Geisinger Authority. It shall be noted that his acquaintances considered him
to be the best whistler. He loved spending time with family and friends,
eager to help anyone who needed it.
Charles "Sonny" McWilliams of Danville PA is
survived by one son, Charles E. "Chad" McWilliams III, and his wife, Rory,
of Yorba Linda, CA; and one daughter, Sharon Frances Carr, and her partner,
Kevin Hudock, DuBois, PA. Also surviving are eight grandchildren:
Renee Mongold and her husband, Steve, of Virginia Beach, VA; Brian Carr of
Dallas, TX; Alyssa Putnam and her husband, Niles, of Dover, DE; Mark Carr
and Patrick Carr of Pittsburgh, PA; Brett Holmes and his wife, Jessica, of
Yorba Linda, CA; Shannon Gard and her husband, Wes, of Ladera Ranch, CA; and
Kerry McWilliams of Anaheim, CA; and eight great-grandchildren: Ben, Kyle,
Will, Josh, Dorian, Addy, Taylor and Sydney.
Friends will be received Tuesday evening,
September 27 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Visneski Funeral Home, Inc., 10 West
Mahoning Street, Danville, PA. Relatives and friends are invited to attend
funeral services on Wednesday, September 28 at 11:00 AM at Pine Street
Lutheran Church, 407 Pine Street, Danville, PA, with the Reverend Dr. Lois
Martin officiating. Friends will be received from 9:45 AM until 10:45
AM at the church. Immediately following the service, guests are welcome to a
luncheon at the church. At 1:15 PM a military burial will be held in St.
Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Danville, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made to Christ the King Manor, 1100 West Long Avenue,
Dubois, PA 15801; Pine Street Lutheran Church in Danville, or St.
Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.