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Obituary of my Father, James R. Williams



James Williams   On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, JAMES R. WILLIAMS, of Gaithersburg, MD. Beloved husband of 44 years to Carolyn J. Williams nee Gardenhour; loving father of Mark Williams and his wife Laurie of Boyds, MD, Vickie E. Gallegos and her husband Daniel of Pueblo, CO and Laura Williams and her husband John Mosetti of Ft. Worth TX; adoring grandfather of 10 and great-grandfather of 4; dear brother of Jeanette Lowe and her husband Bob of Booneville, IN, and Ralph J. and Richard T. Williams of Belleville, IL.

James R. Williams was born in St. Louis, Missouri in June 1936 to Mary C. nee Jerman and Ralph J. Williams. As a youth Jim grew up in Freeburg, IL where he attended school and enjoyed learning music on the clarinet and tenor saxophone. He continued his love of music later in life with the organ and keyboard. In his teenage years h was active in the Boy Scouts of America and received the honor of “Order of the Arrow”.

Jim entered the military at the age of 16. After three enlistments he got out of the military and started a family. The first marriage did not work. He re-enlisted in the U.S. Army and had 2 tours of duty in Vietnam where he received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and other service medals. At the end of this enlistment he reached the rank of Staff Sergeant. E-6 and again returned to civilian life. He and his wife built their home next to his in-laws and worked on their orchard, but this type of farming was not for him. He went to work for Bell Atlantic Telephone Company where he retired. Since his retirement, he expanded his hobby of photography to a part-time business from his home.




About Me:

My name is Mark Williams and I am a cancer survivor currently in remission by the grace of God. I am passionate about helping and encouraging others who are fighting cancer. I actively help them think through all of the issues they face upon hearing such shocking and devastating news and offer prayer support. Sometimes people also just need someone to listen. This is a personal ministry of mine that I provide as time permits without cost and from a Christian point of view. If you would like to reach me, please use the contact form on this website




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