Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 4:30-7:30pm
Loutzenhiser-Jordan Funeral Home and Cremation
Services, Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville, PA
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 11:00am
Westminster Chapel of First Presbyterian Church
323 Main St., Greenville, PA
Rev. David A. Dobi, officiating
Calling hours will also be held from 10:00-10:45am
at the church Wednesday morning.
Greenville VFW Post #3374 will render military honors
at the conclusion of the service. F&AM Eureka Lodge #290
will ave a Masonic Service in the funeral home on Tuesday at 7:30pm.
Burial will be in Northside Cemetery, Butler, PA
James Robert “Bob” Williams, of 339 E. Jamestown Road, West Salem Township, and formerly of 203 W. Windridge Road, Hempfield Township and 28 E. Stewart Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania, died on Thursday, January 10, 2019 following a short illness. He was 102.
The son of the late Oras N. Williams and Eva G. (Kennedy) Williams, he was born in Butler, Pennsylvania on June 17, 1916. Mr. Williams graduated from Penn High School (Greenville) in 1933 and Thiel College in 1946 following service in the US Army during World War II in various locations throughout the South Pacific including Hawaii, Espirito Santo, and Guadalcanal. On June 3, 1950, he married Eleanor G. (Rodgers) Williams, who passed away in 2009. They had two sons, the late James R. Williams, Jr., and John R. Williams of Seven Fields, Pennsylvania.
During the 1950s Mr. Williams worked at the family’s Greenville jewelry store, Williams and Son, and then the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. Following his retirement in 1979, he “never put his feet up” as he often said, working as an aerial photographer for the Department of Agriculture for the next 17 years and volunteering for numerous organizations well into his 90s.
An active member of First Presbyterian Church throughout his life, he served as a deacon and elder, sang in the church choir, and was the designated photographer for many church events. He was also actively involved in the local Kiwanis Club, receiving the Kiwanis Club’s Hixson Award in 2006. He was a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society, providing transportation for Greenville area cancer patients to receive treatment at facilities in Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Buffalo. He also served as an escort at the UPMC Horizon Greenville Hospital and St. Paul Homes.
Mr. Williams was a member of F&AM Eureka Lodge #290, New Castle Consistory, the Pymatuning Outboard Motor Club where he served as secretary for 23 years, New Castle Power Squadron, New Castle Camera Club, New Wilmington Camera Club, Pymatuning Nature Photographers and was a Charter Member of Pymatuning Power Squadron.
In addition to his son and daughter-in-law Pam, Mr. Williams is survived by foster son Tom Spargo and wife Brenda of Jacksonville, Florida; grandchildren Tara, Marc and wife Megan Williams; and foster grandchildren, Amber and Zachary; as well as loving nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 323 Main St., Greenville, and the American Cancer Society, 320 Bilmar Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15205.