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Jim Williams

Posted on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Jim K. Williams, 87, of Haskell, Texas passed away Sept. 3, 2013 at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene.

Visitation was Sept. 6 at the funeral home in Haskell. Phillip Sims of Church of Christ led Jim’s favorite hymns and prayer. Graveside services were held Sept. 7 at Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, Okla.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Smith Family Funeral Home of Haskell.

Jimmie Keith was born Nov. 20, 1925 in Oakland, Oklahoma to Velma (Cornelison) and Russell L. Williams.  The family soon moved to Albany, Texas where Jim grew up.

Jim worked in the retail lumber business, banking, and oil well drilling. He married Haskell resident, Gwen Anne Gilliam, on Feb. 14, 2004 in Questa, NM and Jim moved to Haskell making this his home with Gwen for the last 10 years. Jim was a member of the Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Velma Williams; brother, first Lt. Kenneth T. Williams; his first wife, Wanda Stephens Williams; and his second wife, Betty Lawrence Riley Williams.

Jim is survived by his large loving family, his wife Gwen, of Haskell; one son, Tony K. Williams and his wife Marilou; 10 daughters, Julia Russell and husband Bill, Linda Medlin, Linda Hise and husband Gary Don, Candy Riley, Ginger Bartee and husband Larry, Jan Riley, Kim Crawford and husband James Robert, Kay Smith and husband Darrell, Kathy Rea and Scott Cass, Kristen Grand and husband Chris; 30 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Dr. Donald Roy Biles and wife Carol of Purcell, Okla.

If desired, memorials can be given in Jim’s name to Medina Children’s Home, 21300 St. Hwy. 16, Medina, Texas 78055.

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