James Robert Williams went to be with the Lord on July 24, 2018 in Bryan. James, or Jim, as he is known to his family and friends, was born in Baytown on Feb. 28, 1940, to Robert Lee Williams and Lola Mae (Hitt) Williams. He grew up in Baytown and graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. Following high school, he attended Lee College in Baytown and soon after, was enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1962 and was stationed at Aviano Air Base in Italy, where he served his country proudly until being honorably discharged in 1965. Jim married the love of his life, Paula Herring Williams, on Sept. 3, 1970, in Madisonville.
Soon after their marriage, Jim and Paula made their home in Baytown, where he worked as a programmer for Hutchinson Hayes Triangulars and Kranco Crane Service before moving to Highlands where he worked at The Port of Houston. After working at The Port of Houston, he worked for Borden’s for several years as a manager in the programming department and then worked as a programmer for Continental Coffee before moving back to Madisonville in the Fall of 1995 where he worked at Griffin Locksmith and Hardware in Bryan for two years. In 1997, he began working for Texas A&M University in the physical plant (now known as Facilities Services) as a building access technician before retiring in 2010.
Jim was an Eagle Scout and loved working with his hands, building things, working with wood and being outdoors. He was an avid hunter and loved photography doing portraits and weddings. Jim was a member of Crosby New Hope Baptist Church in Crosby, where he helped with building the church and loved helping people.
Jim is survived by his wife of 37 years, Paula of Madisonville; and his son, Robin of Bryan. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Charlotte Williams.
Graveside services with full military honors were held Friday, July 27, 2018, with Jim Jackson officiating at Madisonville City Cemetery in Madisonville.