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William Melvin Washington Obituary


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On February 1, 1934, in Xenia (Greene County) Ohio, William Melvin Washington was the first-born child of George William Washington and Mary Anna (Martin) Washington. Following his birth, two sisters, Elenora Demore and Martha Ann Brown, and one brother, Martin Washington, were also born.

His family relocated to Tucson, Arizona and later to Phoenix; where, still a teenager, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, serving in Korea. Upon his discharge, he briefly returned to Ohio before making Phoenix his permanent home.

William married Arlene Jeanette Pleasant in 1959 in Lordsburg, New Mexico. He became a member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church under the late Pastor H.Y. Stevenson. Over the years he supported numerous ministries, near and abroad, recognizing that God was the source of all that he had or had accomplished.

Not only were they loving parents to their two children, Ronald and Sheila, but they enjoyed entertaining nieces, nephews and neighbor children and it was not uncommon for friends of Sheila and Ron to call and visit William over the years just to talk and catch up. William was also the proud grandfather of three grandsons and benefactor or parent-figure to many that he came in contact with over the years, known for his "in case of emergency" envelopes especially for anyone traveling to continue their education.

A hard-working provider for his family, in 1988 William retired from Luke Air Force Base, where he formed enduring friendships working as a civilian munitions handler.

Before Arlene's passing, in June 2011, William was devoted daily to her care and well-being. Throughout his life he exemplified faith in action -- identifying and assisting those in need, supporting Christian ministries and encouraging others to not give up faith in God or pursuit of their God given abilities. Among his friends are found young and old, male and female, people of varying backgrounds and life experiences.

In addition to Arlene, his wife of 52 years, William was also preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Washington, and sister Elenora DeMore. He leaves to continue his legacy his son, Ron, Tokyo, Japan; daughter, Sheila (Billy) and grandsons Aaron, Jeremy and Daniel Sprinkle, White Hall, AR; sister, Martha Ann (Oliver) Brown, Oklahoma City, OK; brother, Martin (Helgard) Washington, Frankfurt, Germany; and a host of cherished family and friends, near and far.