James Clifton Williams, 97, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Hope Creek Care Center, East Moline, IL.
Guin Cemetery.Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Memorials may be made to the Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Winfield, AL.
James Clifton was born on February 3, 1919 in Lamar County, AL, a son of John Riley and Mary Alice Pate Williams.He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in New Guinea and the Philippines during World War II.He married Opal Gosa, also of Lamar County, on July 21, 1949 in Fulton, MS and moved to Illinois shortly thereafter where he worked at John Deere Planter Works.
In 1979, he and Opal returned to Alabama where they enjoyed a wonderful 28 years of retirement.They returned to the Quad-Cities in 2007. He enjoyed gardening and tinkering with his cars.He was faithful in serving his Lord and his love for his Lord was evident in his regular Bible reading and prayer.He is a member of the Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Winfield, AL and a former member of the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Rock Island, IL.
He leaves behind son, Ricky (Cheryl) Williams, Milan, IL and daughter, Brenda (Terry) Verstraete, Moline, IL; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal, in March 2016; his parents; four sisters, Annie Belle Black, Christee Marie Etheridge, Clemmie Mae Black, and Ular Williams; and three brothers, Felix Williams, Albert Clinton Williams, and Amous Williams.
Special thanks go to the caring staff of Hope Creek Care Center.
James Clifton Williams age 97 of Milan IL formerly of Lamar County, AL passed away Tuesday in IL.
Services Saturday 10 am from the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel in Guin, AL with burial in the Guin City Cemetery. Visitation Friday 6 - 8 pm at the funeral home.