James Fred Williams
BOSSIER PARISH - James Fred Williams - Born June 25, 1941 Died July 21, 2013. Jim Williams passed away after a lengthy battle with various illnesses. Jim was a Vietnam Veteran, serving his country for 20 years in both the Marine Corp and Army. He was a football coach most of his adult life. He won championships in the CFL with the Newton NiteHawks and the AFA with the Shreveport Steamers. He was inducted into the Semi-Pro Hall of Fame for his superior coaching accomplishments. He was the head coach of the Washington Commando's, winning the first ever Arena football game. He also coached high school and middle school in the Shreveport area. Jim retired from the Caddo Parish school system after 20 years of faithful service. He taught at Loyola College Prep, Hollywood and Ridgewood Middle schools.
Jim spent his life serving and teaching others. He was a leader of men, a teacher of children, a storyteller, a poet, and, in the best sense of the word, a clown. He was loved and respected by all who knew him.
Jim is survived by his son and daughter in law, Shaun and Sassy Williams; daughter, Maurna Cay Thornton and grandchildren, Savannah and Brady Williams, Cayla, Aaron, and Avery Thornton, and a plethora of family and friends. At Jim's request, there will be no services held - he asks instead that each of you honor his memory in your own special way. We cherish the time we had with him and he will be terribly missed.
Published in Shreveport Times on July 24, 2013