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WILLIAMS, JAMES POLK "JIM" James Polk "Jim" Williams died on January 24, 2013, of congestive heart failure; he was 91 years old and resided at St. Paul's Retirement Community in San Diego. Jim was born in Big Springs, Texas, on October 19, 1921, the second child of Munroe H. and Lottie A. Williams. He spent most of his youth, along with his older sister Ada Munroe in the Texas panhandle. When he was six, the family moved to Lubbock where his father took a position with the Citizens National Bank. As a child, Jim contracted rheumatic fever and missed a year of school. During the height of the Dust Bowl, his family migrated to Los Angeles briefly but returned to Lubbock where Jim graduated from Lubbock High School in 1940. At Texas Technological College, Jim began studying for a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Following Pearl Harbor, he served in the Army and received a medical discharge. With the war still underway, he spent time working on war related construction projects before returning to college to finish his degree. At Texas Tech, he met and married his wife, Bettie White of Claude, Texas, on June 30, 1946. Six children and sixty-one years of marriage followed. Jim was employed by a Lubbock accounting practice until the family moved to San Diego in 1966, settling locally first in Santee and later in the San Carlos neighborhood. He managed one of San Diego's first computerized bookkeeping services and was financial controller of Taylor Carpet Company. He eventually became a Century 21 real estate broker and maintained his realtor's license until 2004. Jim was an active member of All Saints' Episcopal Church. He was a founding board member of the Friends of Handicapped Children and also served as treasurer and a committee chair for St. Paul's Manor Resident's Association. He loved golf and played weekly at the Mission Trails Golf Course until last December. He will be greatly missed but many fond memories remain. His wife preceded him in death March 16, 2007. He is survived by one brother-in-law Wilbur L. White; and by his children: James M. Williams (Janie), Lynn Hawkes (Howard), Bambi Leonard (Chris), Richard Williams (Debbie), Kirk Williams, and Timothy Williams (Alison Carroll); as well as by seven grandchildren James Williams, Jr. (Corrie), Katie Baucom (Brian), Trevor Hawkes, Stacey Williams, Jamie Williams, Daryl Hawkes, and Kelsey Leonard; and by a great-grandchild on the way, his nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to express their appreciation to San Diego Hospice, to the staff at St. Paul's Retirement Community, and to Jim's many friends, especially Bettie Lu Thorn, for their wonderful support and care during his brief illness. A memorial service celebrating Jim's life will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013 starting at 10:30 a.m. in All Saints' Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Ave., San Diego, CA 92103. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Independent Choices and Options, Inc. (a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the lives of people who have developmental disabilities), c/o Advanced Options Adult Daycare Services, 302 Enterprise Street, Suite C, Escondido, CA 92029.

Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 3, 2013
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