Lt. Colonel (Ret.) James Edwin Williams, 94, of Troy, Ala., died Jan. 29, 2013, at his home.
A graveside service with full military honors will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Oak Grove Cemetery in Maxton, Dr. Robert S. Dendy officiating.
A highly decorated and honored veteran, Col. Williams entered the Air Force in 1937. During WWII he served as a pilot and operations officer with the 155th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron, flying low-level nighttime reconnaissance missions to document the location, strength, and movement of German troops, equipment and transport. Col. Williams was a pilot during the Korean Conflict, served as the Air Force advisor to the Alabama National Guard and taught at the Air Force Command and Staff College.
In 1963, after 26 years of service, Col. Williams retired at Maxwell AFB. He and his wife Adelene moved to Troy, where he spent 17 years at Troy State University as a professor of Geography
Col. Williams graduated from Toomsboro High School in Toomsboro, Ga. He received his BA and Masters Degree at the University of Alabama Tuscaloosa. Moving to Troy in 1967, he was a well known, involved and highly respected member of the community. Col. Williams was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Troy. He was active with the Troy Lions Club for numerous years, serving several terms as president and holding other offices. He was the director of Veterans Affairs with the State of Alabama, active with the American Legion and member of the Sons of the Confederacy. Col. Williams was an avid angler, marksman, hunter, woodworker and photographer. He and his wife were members of the Troy Country Club for over 40 years, were members of Classics, Troy Arts Council and avid supporters of Troy University academics, arts and athletics. Col. Williams was a member of Sigma Pi Greek fraternity and he served as a faculty advisor.
Col. Williams was preceded in death by his loving wife of 63 years, Adelene Steed Williams, formerly of Maxton; his sisters, Dorothy Fenton, Mary Fouch, Marjorie Simmons and Velma Wohlford; and his parents, Tully and Pearl Webb Williams.
He is survived by his daughter, Darda Williams Kerfeld (David) of Lookout Mountain., Tenn.; a grandson, Michael S. Kerfeld of Atlanta; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give a special thanks to the caregivers, Neet and Jerry Coleman, Jean Thompson, Patricia Morris, Marlene Abram, Alacare Hospice and the staff and doctors at Southern Health Associates.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Troy.
Services entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service.