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James D. "Jim" Williams


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James D. "Jim" Williams

1920 - 2015 BENNINGTON James D. "Jim" Williams, 94, a resident of the Village at Fillmore Pond, died on Thursday, May 7, surrounded by family at home following a brief illness. Jim was born in Roanoke, Va., on June 16, 1920. He was the son of the late George A. Williams and Florence Reedy. He attended public school in Indiana. He later attended the University of Cincinnati. Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor Day. A World War II veteran, Jim served aboard the USS Housatonic. He served his country in Africa, Europe, and finally in the Pacific theater where he supported the landings at Okinawa and Iwo Jima, Japan. Jim married the love of his life, Katherine "Kay" Miller of Columbus, Ind., on June 2, 1943. They enjoyed a happy marriage full of love, laughter, family, and travel until her passing on September 5, 1981. Jim began his working career with Globe Union at the Cincinnati, Ohio, plant on June 4, 1948. He started as a separator pusher, worked his way up to quality control inspector, and then was promoted to factory supervisor. He later was promoted to plant manager of the Houston, Texas, Battery Plant. In 1960, he was transferred to Medford, Mass., to manage another plant. In 1964 he was called upon by the Globe Union Executive Management Team to find a location for a new battery plant. He chose Bennington, Vt., and oversaw the building and operations of the plant. He and his wife, Kay, fell in love with the area. Jim served as the plant manager of Johnson Controls/Globe Union Battery Plant in Bennington, Vt., until his retirement on April 1, 1983. Jim was extremely involved in industry and business leadership and governance in and outside of his community. He served as president of the Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Bennington County Industrial Corporation, member of the Regional Board of Vermont National Bank, executive member of the Directors of Associated Industries of Vermont, and was an advisory board member of the Bennington Industrial Management Club. Jim was also involved in a number of community and charitable organizations. He was actively involved in Rotary as a member and director. He received the Paul Harris Fellow Award from The Foundation of Rotary International for his involvement in International Meetings. He took great pride in his role as member and chairman of the board of the Putnam Memorial Hospital. Later in his life he served as commissioner of the Vermont Lottery as well as member and president of the Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging. He was a member of the Masons and served on several fundraising committees. Further, he participated in many mission trips through his church. An avid golfer, Jim was a member of the Mount Anthony Country Club. A man of tremendous faith, he was a member of the North Pownal Congregational Church. He enjoyed traveling and bird watching. Jim was an advocate of higher education and was an integral part of helping many of his family members accomplish their degrees. Survivors include two sons and their spouses, David Williams and Reatha of Pownal, Vt., and Thomas Williams and Judy of Bennington; five grandchildren, Stacy Williams, Alicia Williams Foisy, and David Williams II all of Cheshire, Mass., James "JJ" Williams and his wife Kathy of North Bennington, and Tyler Williams of Bennington; four great-grandchildren, Noah and Luke Williams of North Bennington, and Gabe Williams and Morgan Foisy of Cheshire, Mass.; two sisters, Garnet Woolwine and Mae Woolwine of Christiansburg, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and former spouse, Iris Bennett. He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret; and his wife, Dorothy Sullivan. FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held at the North Pownal Congregational Church on Tuesday, May 12, at 11 a.m. The burial will follow at the family lot at Park Lawn Cemetery. If friends desire, contributions in memory of James D. Williams may be made to either the Patient Resource Fund at Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation or the New Direction Pregnancy Center through the office of the MAHAR AND SON FUNERAL HOME, 628 Main St., Bennington, VT 05201. The family encourages others to share a story about Jim by visiting www.maharandsonfuneralhome.net
Published in Bennington Banner on May 11, 2015
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