SAN ANGELO On a beautiful summer Sunday morning, Jimmy Don Williams, 62, of San Angelo, rode off into the sunset to be home with his Lord and Savior. A vision of strength, he was never broken by the cancer he courageously fought. He knew he would eventually get bucked off, but day after day, he quietly saddled up. We know there's a special place for cowboys like him in God's green pastures...and like a good horse, we trust that the Lord knows what he's doin' even when we don't. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at The Stables at Fort Concho, located at East Avenue B and Wool Street, with Pastor Jay Johnson of San Angelo Cowboy Church officiating. Burial will follow in Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens under the direction of Robert Massie Funeral Home. Jimmy Don (also known to his friends and family as Jim, JD, JDW, JW...and Boss to his grandchildren) was born Nov. 26, 1951, in San Angelo, Texas, to Gene and Billie Williams. He was a graduate of Lake View High School in the Class of 1970, and a tremendous athlete that excelled in football, baseball, basketball and track. In his senior year, he gained local notoriety after scoring the only district touchdown against Texas powerhouse Lubbock Estacado. He was a champion bull rider that loved the rodeo...a love that continued throughout his life. He loved skiing in Ruidoso, gambling in Vegas, hunting, playing softball and the PBR. Jimmy Don and Connie were married September 1994, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they shared nearly 28 years together. Jimmy Don was a loyal and dependable friend, which resulted in a large group of close friends. His contagious smile and friendly ways wouldn't allow him to meet a stranger. His most rewarding job was working with Hospice of San Angelo, where he was able to give back to the community he loved so dearly. He loved animals, including his dog, Cinch, horse Cheyenne, goat Bill and his very portly cat, Oliver. He was an ever-present supporter for his family; and he especially enjoyed attending their sporting events where he took great pride in all their accomplishments. Jimmy Don was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert "Bob" A. Williams; and grandmother Pearl Vineyard; along with numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by wife Connie Williams; parents Walter "Gene" and Billie Dean Williams; brother Randall Williams; sister Donna (Daryl) Cates, all of San Angelo; son Taylor Bulloch of Austin; daughter Christi (Scott) Copeland of Austin; granddaughters Harper Copeland and Haddie Copeland, both of Austin; niece Kelli Williams of Austin; niece Baylie Cates; nephew Garrett Williams; nephew Jaden Cates; nephew Quintin Dobbratz; special uncle Roy (Betty Sue) Minor; aunt Betty Conrad, all of San Angelo; along with numerous cousins and many friends. A special thank you to the Hospice of San Angelo (HOSA) family, Dr. Peter Chang and the many friends and family for their love, prayers and generosity during this difficult journey. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to Hospice of San Angelo, 36 E. Twohig, 11th floor, San Angelo, TX 76903; and San Angelo Cowboy Church, 4001 N. Chadbourne St., San Angelo, TX 76903. Jimmy's obituary and memorial guestbook may be viewed online at RobertMassie.com.
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Robert Massie Funeral Home
402 Rio Concho Dr. San Angelo, TX 76903
Published in GoSanAngelo from Aug. 6 to Aug. 7, 2014