James Bowman Williams (1923 - 2014)

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Williams, James Bowman James Bowman Williams loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away on January 15, 2014 after a brief illness. Jim was born May 15, 1923, in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania to Rebecca H. Williams Glass and John Evan Williams. He served in the Navy during World War II and graduated from the University of Rochester in 1949. An avid athlete, Jim played varsity baseball and basketball for Rochester during his college years. While at The University of Rochester, he met the love of his life, Lois Kuchman Williams. Lois and Jim were married on July 30, 1949, in Manhasset, New York and celebrated their 59th wedding anniversary before Lois' death in 2008. Together they lived in Garden City, New York, and York, Pennsylvania before moving to Dallas in 1955. While dedicating his life to his wife and children, Jim also loved his work and the people at B.C. Williams Companies, a firm founded by his uncle that has now been operated by the Williams family for four generations. Jim had an unwavering faith in God, having committed his life to Jesus Christ while a young man. He placed his full faith and confidence in God's providence, often reminding his children and grandchildren that "God's hand is in everything." Highland Park Presbyterian Church was Jim's spiritual home, and a place where he served as a Deacon, Elder and member of his Sunday school class for over 40 years. In addition to his involvement at HPPC, Jim was a 50-year member of the American Bakers Association also serving on its board, a member of the National Allied Trades Association, Dallas Country Club, Dallas Petroleum Club and Twenty Five Investors. He was known and respected for his wisdom, insight, and unending generosity. Jim is survived by his five children and their families: Linda Williams Rush and husband Dr. Robert H. Rush of Frankfort, Kentucky; James Bowman Williams, Jr. and wife Mary R. Williams of San Antonio; Cynthia Williams Beecherl and husband Louis A. Beecherl, III of Dallas; Jayne Williams Bass and husband W. David Bass of Dallas; and Margaret Williams Heath and husband Michael D. Heath of Austin; his grandchildren, Dr. Cynthia R. Yeiser and husband Jordan, Robert Rush and wife Katie, Campbell Williams and wife Anne, Alan Williams and wife Amanda, Bowman Williams, Arthur Beecherl and wife Colly, Rebecca B. Bell and husband Landon, Ben Beecherl, Edward Beecherl, Nancy B. Ferry and husband Richard, Wade Bass, Jim Bass, Henry Bass, Wylie Kuykendall and Jennie Kuykendall; and by great-grandchildren Claire Yeiser, Hawkins Yeiser, Campbell Williams, Wells Williams, Lane Williams, Trammell Williams, Wynne Williams, Helen Bell, and his sister, Dorothy Williams DeTorre of Charleston, SC. A Memorial Service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary of Highland Park Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Ronald W. Scates and Rev. Dr. Sherwood M. Strodel officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Highland Park Presbyterian Church Foundation, 3821 University Blvd., Dallas, TX 75205, or to the .

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Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 17 to Jan. 18, 2014
James B. Williams
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