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James (Jim) Armstrong Williams

Obituary for James (Jim) Armstrong Williams

January 12, 1935 - May 1, 2018
Austin, Texas | Age 83

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James (Jim) Armstrong Williams, 83, of Austin, TX died peacefully in his sleep, May 1, 2018. Jim was born January 12, 1935. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Lamar University. During that time, he married Barbara Ellen Dalton.Stirred by the Civil Rights movement's non-violent direct action, Jim and Barbara began their rich years of serving God through service to their Neighbor and Society.

Following Martin Luther King's example, Jim went to Colgate Rochester Divinity School, ordained American Baptist in 1964. He was privileged to join the March on Washington and witness Dr. King's "I have a Dream" speech. His path led through traditional ministerial positions deeper into Community Organizing, spending many years working in diverse programs, all having in common support and development of Community and betterment of Society. En route, he completed a MSW at the University of Texas in 1974.

In ensuing years, Jim added planning, policy, administration, facilitating and consulting to his community organizing skills, augmenting his theological education with interdisciplinary studies and experiences. In 1988, he completed work at the Episcopal Seminary in Austin and ordained an Episcopal priest by Rt. Rev Gordon Charlton. His diverse life nourished his work as a Priest, including an Interim Ministry Practice. He never stopped learning and growing. After retirement, he continued very active as Assisting Clergy at St. Matthews Episcopal Church and serving in the larger community.

Jim is survived by his wife, Barbara Ellen Dalton Williams, his 3 children and their spouses, Cathleen Williams Krebs (Eduardo), Bruce Field Williams (Lucy Rodriguez), Elizabeth Williams Owens (Joe) and his grandson, Dalton Nathaniel Williams.

A Celebration of Life is at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, Austin, TX, Sunday, June 10 at 3:30 PM. Memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or St. Matthews Episcopal Church. Detailed obituary at www.wcfish.com.

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  • Memorial contributions to Meals on Wheels Central Texas, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, or St. Matthews Episcopal Church.

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Austin, TX 78705
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