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James I. WilliamsPassing: November 21, 2011


Jacob Finger United Methodist Church

Saturday,Nov.26,2011, 2:00 pm


Jacob Finger United Methodist Church

Saturday,Nov.26,2011, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Mitchell Cemetery


MITCHELL James I. Williams, 94, Mitchell, died November 21, 2011, at Garden Villa in Bedford, Indiana of pneumonia.

Jim Williams was born in Lee County, Virginia on February 17, 1917. Jim graduated from Flatwoods High School in 1938. He enlisted in the Air Force on October 24, 1940 and Jim “G.I.” Williams served as a Staff Sergeant airplane parts specialist in the Southwest Pacific Theatre with the 2nd Service Squadron 5th Air Force. He returned to the U. S. January 19, 1945, and received an honorable discharge on August 28, 1945.

Jim married his high school sweetheart, Wanda (Hedrick) Williams on January 31, 1945. They lived in Bristol, Tenn. prior to moving to Mitchell, Ind. Jim retired from the Honey-Krust/Colonial/Bunny Bread Bakery in Bedford, Ind. in 1982 after 31 years. Jim enjoyed gardening, fishing, and camping with family and friends.

He was a member of Jacob Finger United Methodist Church, and a 50 year member of Masonic Lodge No. 228 F&AM in Mitchell, Ind., an Indiana charter member of the Jolly Sam’s Camping Club, and an active participate in the 2nd Service Squadron 5th Air Force reunions.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Lillie (Grear) Williams; one son, James I. Williams, Jr.; two sisters, Nancy Stiff and Alice Marcum.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 66 years, Wanda Williams, Mitchell
one daughter,
Patsy Porter (Ed) of Avon
three granddaughters,
Cathy Porter, Cheri Carver (Joe), Mandi Grubb,
four great granddaughters,
Ashlynn, Jessica, Allyson, and Kylie
two sisters,
Ruth Gibson of Jonesville, Virginia
Billie Leiberman of Sunrise, Florida

Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 26, at Jacob Finger United Methodist Church with Rev. Eric Kersey and Rev. Karen E. Devaisher officiating. Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery with military honors accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.

Friends may call from 11:00 a.m. until the service on Saturday at the church.

Memorial Gifts: Jacob Finger United Methodist Church.

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12 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Jack and Kay Blevins | Plainfield, IN
    Date: December 2, 2011
    Patsy, we were so sorry to read of your dad's passing. We were out of town and missed the breakfast at the Festival this year where we always enjoyed seeing him. He will be missed by so many. Our prayers are with you and the family.
  2. Guest: Robin Chambers, Nurse at Garden Villa | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 27, 2011
    I would like to offer my sincerest condolences. Jim was a wonderful man with an equally wonderful family. I am thankful I had the opportunity and pleasure to know him and will remember him fondly. May God be with the family during this difficult time.
  3. Guest: Gary and Nancy Newman | Kingman, IN
    Date: November 26, 2011
    We will always remember Jim as the smiling face that greeted us when we purchased our unit in Florida. He and Wanda were such wonderful neighbors. We think of Jim when we have our cup of tea with Orange Blossom Honey. We are so blessed to have had him in our lives.
  4. Guest: Jamie Pemberton | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 26, 2011
    I am very sad of the passing of Jim, We enjoyed taking him to Senior Flex and walking him He was a wonderful fellow, His family is wonderful and you could see their love for one another. Rest in peace . Your Restortive family.
  5. Guest: Peg McCameron | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 25, 2011
    Patsy, it is always sad to lose a loved one, but it is God's plan, & I'm sure your father is being well loved now in heaven.
  6. Guest: Susan Mather | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: November 25, 2011
    Patsy, I am so sorry to hear about your dad. I know that you have lots of great memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Susie Mather
  7. Guest: Bill/Thelma Porter | Loveland, OH
    Date: November 25, 2011
    Our heartfelt condolences for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
  8. Guest: Roy & Connie McBride | Paoli, IN
    Date: November 25, 2011
    We are so sad to hear of Jim's passing. He was such a sweet man. Our sincere condolences to the family.
  9. Guest: Mary Alice Davis Karr | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 24, 2011
    Patsy l am very sorry for your loss may God give you strength in these times of sorrow my prayers are with you .
  10. Guest: Betty Barlow | Carmel, IN
    Date: November 24, 2011
    My sympathies to you and yours. Betty Barlow
  11. Guest: George Cooper | Bloomington, IN
    Date: November 24, 2011
    So sory to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies. Former classmate. G Cooper
  12. Guest: Susan Webster | Bedford, IN
    Date: November 23, 2011
    I am so sorry to hear about Jim. He worked with my father Rex at the bakery. Jim could never remember my name so he always called me "Rex's baby". He always had a hug for me whenever he would see me out. I will never forget his wonderful smile. He was one of the last ones from the good old days of the bakery. My thoughts and prayers are with Jim's family.