Birth: July 22, 1939
Died: February 17, 2022
It is with deep sadness for the family of James W. “Billy” Williams, 82, of St. Charles, IL, to announce his peaceful passing on Thursday, February 17, 2022. He was born July 22, 1939, in William Franklin and Mary Pearl Bryant Williams in Cuthbert, Georgia. He is predeceased by his parents and his first wife, childhood sweetheart and mother of his children, Alice Louise Williams.
He graduated from Terrell High School in Dawson, Georgia and Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.
He worked as a medical technician at Phoebe Putney University and was unanimously voted “Employee of the Year” by all medical staff in Albany, Georgia. For many years he continued in medical sales, which eventually brought him to St. Charles as International Sales Manager for Miles Laboratories. From there he went into manufacturing high quality surgical blades for Crescent Manufacturing Company. Billy was a long-time member of the National Society of Histotechnology. He supported and loved the histology community. He was a wealth of knowledge and a direct presence in the NSH.
In 2006, he opened his heart and married an old friend, Susan Hedstrom.
In retirement, his hobby became making beautiful writing pens made from historic woods and wine corks that would make any wine delicious. He had a vast knowledge of baseball, was an outstanding slalom water skier (even barefoot), and enjoyed golf, fly fishing, boating, hunting, and cooking “Billy’s Best” barbecue chicken and southern smoked pulled pork that anyone has ever tasted. He loved the SEC, especially his Georgia Bulldogs. When he was in the room, you knew it by his stories, his kindness, and his warmth for friends and family. If you couldn’t have fun with Billy, you didn’t know how to have fun! Billy really lived his life to the fullest. The time here on earth, from birth to the last day, is often referred to as “The Dash”. Billy really “lived his race with a lot of panache” and will always be remembered for making people smile. He also thought he could do better than his sons of professional pilots!
He is survived by his wife, Susan Hedstrom Williams; one son, Mitch (Lisa) Williams of Orlando, FL; one daughter, Michelle (Dennis) Whitacre, formerly of St. Charles, IL, now of Knoxville, TN; and one son, Marty (Emily) Williams of Montgomery, TX; Jesse (Rachael) McCoy of Las Vegas, NV; Julie (Jay) Mukes of Las Vegas, NV; One of the joys of his life was when he became a father to his grandchildren; Liam Whitacre; Austin and McKenzie Williams, Colton and Jaxson McCoy; Keely Jacobs, Lincoln Howard and Miyah Mukes.
As a last sentiment from his wife, Susan, she feels truly blessed to have been a part of his life in his final years and his passing leaves a huge void in his heart, and for those who were lucky enough to know him, they miss a very dear friend. Billy never stopped loving his first wife, Louise, but he never let her passing deter his love for Susan. Susan thanks her three children for welcoming her into their family with open arms.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at noon at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 429 Old Kirk Road, Geneva, IL 60134. Lunch will be served in the Cultural Hall by the Society of Relief after service.
Please consider making a donation in Billy’s memory to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, projecthealingwaters.org, an organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and activities. associated, including education and outings.
Published by Kane County Chronicle on February 24, 2022.