Funeral services for James Williams will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Gillette Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Bill Morel of Family Life Church officiating.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Gillette Memorial Chapel.
James Andrew Williams went to sleep on the evening of Feb. 13. On the morning of Feb. 14, he woke in Heaven. He leaves behind him a rich legacy of love, strength and faith which gave him the grace to walk through the many trials of life.
Born on July 30, 1928, to T.R. and Anna Vada Williams, James was raised in Carlsbad, N.M., with his sister, Virginia Ann, and his double-cousin, Billy Jack Williams. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1946, and proceeded to Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash. There he joined the ski team, and also began to excel in chemistry. His interests led him to become a chemical analyst in the potash mining industry in New Mexico for the next 40 years.
In the late 1940s, he met Mary Nell Gough during his summer break from college. The two fell in love, and were happily married on Dec. 9, 1949. Over the years, they were blessed with three children, Susan Elaine, married to Jim Bergauer of Los Alamos, N.M.; James Andrew II of Gillette, Wyo.; and Mary Anita, married to Daniel Weischedel of Recluse, Wyo.
As time went on, their family grew to include six grandchildren: Heather Deck of Shertz, Texas; Simon Bergauer of Los Alamos, N.M.; Melissa and Jennifer Williams of Lewisville, Texas; Tamaira Morel of Gillette, Wyo.; and Erin Dycus of Fort Collins, Colo.; and six great-grandchildren. All of them were enriched by James’ wisdom, precision, faith, hugs and great love.
Throughout his life, he regularly taught in the Sunday Schools at his churches both in New Mexico, and here at New Life Wesleyan after they moved up in 1991. James instilled a love of fishing into his family, and he also liked to hunt. He always enjoyed the outdoors, and was a troop leader for the Boy Scouts of America. James’ precision and attention to detail were cultivated throughout a lifetime of stamp and coin collecting. The many small hands of his children and grandchildren were distracted for hours as they turned over those bright and shiny treasures. He would patiently explain each one, for he was a man of deep passions. However, no passions were ever greater for him than those he had for his family and his faith.
Memorials and condolences may be sent in James’ name in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette, WY, 82716 or condolences via the Internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.