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Founder of Ernest Homes dies
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Ernest Williams, founder of Ernest Homes, died Monday at the age of 51.
Ernest Homes was the driving force behind many development projects in Richmond Hill and Savannah, including Richmond Place, SweetWater Station, White Oak Village, Tranquilla Hall and Waterford Landing subdivisions.
He is survived by his wife Beth and their three children, Jessica, Stephanie and Christopher – all Richmond Hill residents.
“It was indeed a shock to lose someone as young as he was,” said Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed. “Ever since we arrived here 17 years ago, Ernest and his company have had a very good reputation in this community for the work that they’ve produced. I’ve always had a great deal of respect for his professionalism. He will certainly be missed.”
“Ernest is going to go down in history as one of the first entrepreneurs of Richmond Hill,” said fellow developer Johnny Murphy. “He stuck his neck out there ahead of his time. It wasn’t easy in those early days, but he was a survivor and became successful. He was a good ‘ol guy with a strong commitment to quality.”
“Ernie was a soft spoken, considerate and jovial man,” said former neighbor Lynne Baynes. “He took tremendous pride in the work that his company produced. He was always right there on-site making sure the work got done properly, and was very fair-minded in working with his clients.”
“Ernie loved his family very, very much,” Baynes continued. “He was always doting on his parents, his children and Beth. I remember on Beth’s 40th birthday, and she got a delivery of flowers. They kept coming and coming, until finally she was surrounded by 40 dozen roses. He will be dearly missed by many.”

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