Oct. 24, 1943 - Jan. 13, 2013
SOUTH BOARDMAN, Mich. - James "Jim" L. Williams, 69, of South Boardman, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Oct. 24, 1943, in Double Springs, Ala., the son of the late Willie and Novia (Battles) Williams.
Jim was a veteran who served our country in the U.S. Army as a tank mechanic. He would later become a certified master mechanic. Jim married Janice Martin on Dec. 24, 1963, in Elkhart, Ind., and she preceded him in death in 2007.
He was an over-the-road truck driver during most of his life. Jim married Jacqueline Hohler on July 25, 2009, in South Boardman. His hobbies included breeding, raising and training Morgan horses, riding his Goldwing motorcycle, dogs and having fun with his family and friends.
Jim is survived by his wife, Jackie; his children, Mary (Rob) Williams of South Boardman, Laura (Tim) Buist of Jacksonville, Fla., Gina (Michael) Bax of Portage, Mike (Sarah) Wessel of Bartow, Fla., and Peter (Wendy) Wessel of Alpena; his grandchildren, DJ, Lacy, Tara, Brooke, Brandy, Amber, Meagan, Ryan, Taylor, Nick, Natalie, Lena, Emma and Allie; great-grandchildren Andrew, Saige, Phoenix, Peyton, Paris, Joshua and Justin; and his siblings, Dorothy (Art) Peter of Indiana, Christine Flynn of Alabama, Raymond Williams of Indiana and Marlin Williams of Michigan.
Preceding Jim in death were his children, Jenece Williams, James D. Williams, and Scot Williams; and his siblings, Carlos Williams, Harce Williams, Gelene Pearl and AJ Williams.
The memorial service honoring his life was Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Wolfe-O'Neill Funeral Home.