25 March, 1953 – 28 June, 2020
Ernest Williams, age 67, of Kansas City, MO, peacefully passed away June 28, 2020. He was born March 25, 1953 in Birmingham, Alabama to the union of Louise Talley Williams and Roy Brown.
Ernest was educated in the Alabama and New York State Public School Districts and furthered his college education in Buffalo, New York receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1975. Ernest received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Webster University, Kansas City, MO in 1997. He taught reading in South Carolina for ten years then relocated back to Kansas City where he began a career in Public Health Services of nearly 35 years. During this time, he also worked as a Behavioral Health Tech for the St Luke’s Health System. Retiring from Public Health Service in 2014, he continued working part-time for the St Luke’s Health System as a Patient Transporter.
Ernest enjoyed the friendship of friends he chose to make his family in Kansas City. Their friendship, love and concern aided him through the latter years of his life. Many thanks to Andrea Flowers, Linda Myles, Sherbert Harvey, Stephanie D. Ross, Ethel Nave and host of others who surrounded him with love as they were his “chosen family”.
Ernest was guided, protected and loved by a host of guardians as he navigated his youth, adolescence and adulthood. His guardians were key players in his accomplishments and successes. They provided the structure and framework for his life. He was very appreciative of their unyielding guidance.
Ernest is preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, a beloved grandfather, Hugh Wilson Talley and a devoted second mother, Mrs. Carrie T. Craig. He leaves to cherish his memory: a grandson, a host of chosen family members, nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.
A "Celebration of Life" will be held July 18, 2020 at Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64133. Visitation 10:00 A.M. - Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M.
"Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, it is required to wear a mask when attending these services.”
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Kansas City Hospice House in Ernest Williams name. A link is provided below.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, 18 July , 2020
Starr Tax Service
26 August 2020
Ernest, I just found out about your passing. This saddens my heart. I always looked forward to seeing you come in. Always a bright smile and cheerful attitude. You will truly be missed. I will see you again when God is ready for me. We all have much love for you.
18 July 2020
It was a blessing to know you, friend. Okay??? ☺
17 July 2020
Me and Ernest go way back we met when he was 21 at the Mount a rat Baptist Church in Buffalo New York his mother passed on that Sunday morning and I saw him standing there and I introduce myself to him and we’ve been friends every since we’ve gone on the road on trips we laughed we were even shared a few weeks of living together just before he transferred to go to Kansas he was a uncle to my daughter the big girl bought her her first black down we had some wonderful times together we shared many of laughter is in funds we even share God‘s word to make sure that he was prepared to goTo get his wings to go home to see Jesus and if I live right I’ll see him again he spoke lovely of all his friends in Kansas a great brother in Christ rest in peace Ernest your sister your grandma and your grandpa always will be Grandpa to me
9 July 2020
Ernest was a bright light here at St. Luke’s East. He was always smiling, cracking jokes with other staff and patients - he was just so genuinely kind, one of those souls that will be remembered forever within these halls. God Bless his family during this difficult time.
7 July 2020
He always had a smile on his face. He was always kind and warming. He was a wonderful person to work with. He will dearly be missed. He always gave people a word of advice.
Rest in peace
Patty Kresin & lisa mortensen
Derrick Fowlkes Jr
7 July 2020
This man was like a grandpa to me at work at Saint Lukes East. Always had positive words and life lessons to teach me every day when we saw each other. His famous term was Old People he always used that. He still owe me a breakfast. "That's Allllll Fowlkes! "
3 July 2020
Ernest was my next door neighbor for many years. He was so easy to get along with, everything a good neighbor should be. He gave me good advice when needed, and shared work and responsibilities. Such a good man. He will be missed.
2 July 2020
I was privileged to work with Ernest at St. Luke's East Hospital. He always had a ready smile and a happy demeanor. I will miss his smile and greeting through my day. Condolences to his family and friends.
1 July 2020
I had the privilege of working with Mr. Williams at St Luke’s East. He brought smiles to his patients everyday. He always had a kind word, a funny comment and pep in his step. Everyone who knew him, loved him. I’ll miss you.
1 July 2020
I had the honor of working with Ernest at at Saint Luke’s East. He brought joy to everyone who knew him and gave the best hugs. The staff and the patients loved him, he will be greatly missed.
1 July 2020
Sending prayers for the family and friends of this sweet gentleman. While I have not worked in Saint Luke's for several years, I still remember Ernest. He was always pleasant, so patient & kind, with a contagious smile. His calm & cheerful demeanor put patients at ease as he moved them throughout our facility with great care. He will be missed.