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James Earl Williams born September 25, 1923, age 94, passed away on October 17, 2017 at his home.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Opal Morgan Williams of London, Kentucky.
He was the son of the late Harley and Emily Williams of London, Ky., and is preceded in death by brother Gordon Williams, John Williams, Blaine Williams and sisters, Beulah Williams Hale Yaden, Margie Williams Brock and surviving brother Clayton Williams.
He is survived by children, David E. Williams (Amy), Joseph H. Williams (Rose), Phillip D. Williams (Tammy). Grandchildren, Amber W. Lancaster (Eric), Matthew Williams (Nicole), James Williams, and Great-Grandchild , Will Lancaster.
James Earl Williams was born in Laurel County, Ky., and graduated from Bush High School. He moved to Kinzua, Oregon in 1947 to work at the Pine Mills Factory. He married Opal Morgan , London, Ky., in Goldendale, Wa.,A in 1949. They moved back to London in 1951 where they built a home and started a family and life. In 1958 he went into business with Jim Brock and Buddy Westbrook in the company Water Softener Rental, Inc. until he retired in 1980 and started farming full time.
James Earl Williams was a member of Lick Fork Community Baptist Church, belonged to the Bush Masonic Lodge #703 F&AM for over 65 years, was an original member of the Laurel County Fire Dept. and the Laurel County Rescue Squad, a member of the London/Laurel Co. Jaycees and a board member of the Farm & Home Administration as well as many other civic organizations.
Services to be held at Bowling Funeral Home, London, Ky. Visitation to be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017, with a memorial service at noon on Friday, October 20, 2017.
Burial to follow at Rough Creek Cemetery. Charlie Hubbard and Gary Parker will be officiating the services.
Published on October 18, 2017
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