James Williams • September 12, 2019

James Clarke Williams Sr. aka ” J.C, Dit, Jimmy, Dad, Paw Paw, 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Thursday September 12, 2019 at his home. James was born July 22, 1937 in Mobile, AL. to William and Mary Williams Sr. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, and friend. James found his greatest pleasure watching his children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren grow along side the love of his life Janet Williams. James worked as a quality assurance specialist at Pensacola NAS until he retired after 40 plus years. You could catch him every Saturday watching the Alabama Crimson Tide. He loved Alabama football just about as much as he loved his family! He enjoyed coaching his son’s baseball teams as well as umpiring baseball games and refereeing football games. He loved getting out to watch his grandchildren play baseball, football, basketball, volleyball, softball, marching in the band and singing in chorus! He loved being apart of St. Mary’s ushering on Sunday mornings. James was a phenomenal man.

James was preceded in death by his parents William and Mary Williams Sr.; brother John W. Williams Sr.; sisters Betty ( Kenneth) Lee and Namoi (Donnie) Brady.

Survivors include his brother William “Bubba” (Mary) Williams; sisters Bobbie Hartley; Sandra Williams; his lovely wife of 60 years Janet Rose Williams; daughters Diana (Mark) Melton; Kimberly (Mac) Baird; Lynda (Arthur) Cotton; his son Jimmy (Vikki) Williams Jr.; grandchildren Kerry Melton; Joshua (Tamara) Melton; Samantha (Leo) Polanco;Christopher White; Emily White; Aimee (Michael) Gainey; Katee Cotton; Jacob Cotton; Branden Williams; Nick Williams; Timmy Williams; great- grandchildren Jordynn Melton Damico; Addison Melton; Parker Melton; Ava Gainey; Brooklynn Polanco; Sebastian Polanco; Cristiano Polanco; Dallas Kascel.

Funeral services will be held on Monday September 23, 2019 at 10 am at Pensacola Memorial Gardens. Father Eugene Casserly will be officiating the funeral. The family will receive friends from 9-9:45. Lieu of flower donations may be made to Covenant Care at 5041 N. 12th Avenue Pensacola, FL. 32504

  1. Lynda says:

    I will miss you always Dad, but I feel you in my heart every minute of every day. Thank you for being such a wonderful husband to our Mom, a wonderful Dad to your children, the Best Paw Paw to our babies, and an amazing Great Grandpa to ask of your Great grandchildren!!

  2. Bubba Williams says:

    Nice write-up for a very good guy. I know he will really be missed by everyone who knew him

  3. Autumn says:

    Love you always PawPaw! Until we meet again. Missing you like crazy already.

  4. Aimee Gainey says:

    We love and kiss you so much paw paw! You were a great paw paw and so many people looked up to you including me. We love you and will meet again.

  5. Jimmy says:

    Many years of baseball, coaching, umpiring and days of cards at the house – Papaw always did the right thing even when it wasn’t the easiest path. He showed many how to be a man, husband and father. My entire life was a path he created by example not by words. It isn’t hard to have a talk with him today— a quiet car ride or a little mowing with some thoughts and it doesn’t take long to find the answers to my many questions. I hope one day my kids can find this type of peace from the path I have walked before them. He was THE MAN in every sense of the word— And Like father like son when we talked on the phone we would rarely say good bye or bye— we used the Williams — alright

    So I guess alright is fitting since we never actually need a goodbye or an I love you to know what the heart holds

    And who can say that they have been thrown out of a baseball game with their dad— you coaching and your dad from the stands not once but twice!!😂

    And go home to hear
    mom: SON you can’t get mad like that at the game!
    ME: Me?? What about daddy??
    MOM: I ain’t worried about him!!

    Alright !!

  6. Gloria Jean says:

    I will miss you Uncle Dit. My prayers and love go out to you Aunt Janet and the rest of the family. He was only 12 years older than me, can’t believe that. He was one of a kind. I will remember your trips to here. My heart aches because I can be there. May our Lord and Savior give you comfort and peace. I love you all .

  7. Diana Williams Melton says:

    Dad, I kept telling you to tell me the story of how you and Mom met, not because I forgot but because I saw the joy on your face and in your voice when you told it. Mom was with her Mom at Kress 5 and dime. You were on your lunch break your job at Bill Clarke’s and you said “Who poured you into that dress?” The rest was history. You told me Saturday night you were going to tell me one last time so that I could then tell the story. Love you and miss you more than you know. Diana

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