|J. W. Williams entered the ministry in 1958. Prior to that he worked for the Chrysler Engine Missile Program in Warren, Michigan.
He received his B.A. degree at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, where he served churches at Millgrove and Williamsburg. He received his B.D. degree from the United Methodist School of Theology in Delaware, Ohio. He was appointed Associate Pastor at First Church in Saginaw, Michigan. It was there that he became a chaplain for the V.A. Medical Center in 1966. He served hospitals in Saginaw; Tuskegee, Alabama; Waco, Texas; Danville, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Bay Pines, Florida, from which he retired December 31, 1986.
Reverend Williams was married to Thelma Butterworth in 1944. They had two children, Joy and LaVern and four grandchildren.
Reverend Williams died July 11, 1991, after a long illness. He was buried in the National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida on July 15, 1991.
We had a wonderful life together. I have no regrets.
|Source: Journal Louisiana Conference 1992, p. 227 By Thelma Williams|