James "Jim" Richard Williams
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Jim Williams, 88, formerly of Indialantic, Florida, passed away peacefully, surrounded by love on February 24, 2014 in Friendswood, Texas.
Jim was born on August 17, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois to J. Duncan and Leah Lawyer Williams. During WWII, he served with the 4th marine division, 10th Amphibian Tractor Battalion where he participated in landings on numerous Pacific islands including Iwo Jima. After the war ended, Jim enlisted in the United States Air Force, and later worked for NACA, the forerunner of NASA, at Edwards AFB, CA. He moved to Patrick AFB, FL and the NASA Johnson Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, TX while the space program was in its infancy. In the 60s, adventure called Jim, and he took a photographic job in Saigon, Republic of South Vietnam where he remained for many years. After Vietnam fell, he accepted another foreign position in Saudi Arabia, teaching photography to the Saudis. After leaving Saudi Arabia, Jim returned to the Florida space coast where he met and married his lovely wife, Joan.
Jim was a "people person" and his exuberant "Good morning, love" was an often heard greeting in the Indialantic area for many years. He was a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge and a faithful brother to his fellow masons. His love of life was infectious.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Williams; his parents, J. Duncan Williams Sr. and Leah Williams; his brothers, J. Duncan Williams, Jr.; Robert E. Williams; Charles Williams; and his sister, Virginia Brickle. He is survived by his stepdaughters, Joan Bergeron of Ohio and Christine Pearson of Florida, and their children. He is also survived by his nieces, Linda Davison and JoAnn Ritchey, both of Louisiana; and Marilyn Norman and her husband, John, of Texas. He is survived by his nephews: Charles Williams, and wife Ruby; Bobby Williams, and wife Ann; David Williams; and J. Duncan Williams III and wife Jackie, all of Texas. He is survived by sister-in-laws, Irma Williams and Miriam Williams, both of Texas. He is also survived by many great-nieces and great-nephews.
What Uncle Jim meant to his family was summed up by his sister-in-law, Miriam Williams, when she said, "Every kid needs an Uncle Jim."
A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Indialantic, Florida. Donations to his memory may be made to Jim's church or to the
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 24, 2014