JAMES ELLIS WILLIAMS, son of the late Samuel Williams, II and Goldie Hicks Williams, was born on August 7, 1921, in the Elams Community of Warren County, North Carolina. He entered into eternal rest on Friday, October 31, 2014, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Early in life, James sought Christ as his personal Savior and joined the Elams Chapel United Church of Christ. After relocating to Baltimore, he became a member of the Good Shepherd Baptist Church and later became one of the founding members of the North Star Baptist Church, where he was a dedicated Trustee and Chairman of the Deacon Board. He would always begin a prayer with Psalm 122:1, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the LORD.”
On August 5, 1943, James entered the United States Navy, where he served his country during World War II. On January 20, 1946, he was honorably discharged as a Steward’s Mate First Class.
On January 6, 1949, James was united in Holy Matrimony to the former Lenora Davis of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
On November 14, 1980, James retired from the United States Postal Service after completing a career of thirty-seven years of Federal Service as a Junior Mechanic.
Those remaining to forever treasure the precious memories of his life and love are his devoted wife of sixty-five years, Lenora Willams ; two sons, Curtis Lee Williams and William Alcester Thomas; one brother, Theodore R. Willams; two sisters-in-law, Nova Hester Moore (Harry) and Earlene Starks; one daughter-in-law, Mildred Cossette Williams; four grandchildren, Michael Ellis Williams (Glenda), Angela Michele Williams, Cheryl Lisa Williams-Smith (Donald), and Tremayne Thomas (Cindy); six great-grandchildren, Brandon Christopher Smith, Michael Michel Williams, Dedrick Lamaar McCoy, Donald Joseph Lee Smith, Mackenzie Ann Marie Smith, William Thomas, and Alivia Thomas; one great-great-granddaughter, Natalie Kara Smith; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
A viewing will be held from 12:00 Noon-1:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 8, 2014, at Robinson Funeral Home in Littleton, North Carolina. Burial will follow in the Elams Chapel United Church of Christ Cemetery in the Elams Community of Littleton, North Carolina.