- January 4, 1980 - June 15, 2012
- Austin, Texas
of James' Passing
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“I can't belive it's been 7 months!!! I STILL think about you EVERY day!! Ester, I'm sooooooo thankful James got to meet and love you!! He was a...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Karen Kawaja - Smithville, TX
I am so sorry. I just found out about your death today and I am deeply sadden by your passing. This is odd b/c I had a car accident in...Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Marlene Rios - Austin, TX
“James and I worked the night shift at the same time for a couple of years. We both keep each other awake. We would talk about music, life, love...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Bill Broome - austin, TX - friend
“I knew James from Seton hospital. I sell the surgical devices used in the OR. I didn't sell directly to James but I knew him from conversation in...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Claire Kahn - TX
“I am sorry for James wife he a good guy and friend. He would me laught and smile
5 of 40 | Posted by: Sarah Watkins - Austin, TX
“Esther, I am so sorry to hear of your hearbreaking loss of your wonderful husband. I'll never forget when Jim brought you the precious Boston pup...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Cynthia Everist - Austin, TX
“Lots of people are excellent at their jobs, lots of people make me laugh, but you were one of the few that did both, consistently. You will be...Read More »
7 of 40 | Posted by: Suzanne Dunsterville
“I remember when Miriam and I went to dinner and James tried to set a field on fire just to torment his mom. May God's peace and grace be with the...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Carol Cunningham - Lakeway, TX
“James, such a pleasure to know you and your beautiful wife. We'll miss you and one day hope to see you again. God bless you and your family.
9 of 40 | Posted by: James and Katie Jimenez Sapp - TX
“My sincerest condolences to James' friends and family. He was a great guy and will be truly missed.
10 of 40 | Posted by: Mike Griffith
“James, it is heartbreaking not to see your smile in the halls of Seton daily. You will be missed by all that you touched with your wit and humor. ...Read More »
11 of 40 | Posted by: Ian Gray - Austin , TX
“Our loss is Heaven's gain. James lit up a room when he entered. He was a funny, outgoing, gentle soul. While we will miss seeing him and hearing his...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Diane Martin - Austin, TX
“I am very saddened and upset by the loss of James. I would see James at the morning safety briefings at Seton. He always responded to any supply...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Judy Purgason, RN - Austin, TX
“I am so very sorry for your loss. I only knew James a short while but he always struck me as peacesful and happy soul. He made a difference for us at...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Tracy Allen - Austin, TX
“With deepest sympathy so sorry for your loss, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
15 of 40 | Posted by: Debbie Cain - Austin, TX
“James was one of a kind. I met him at Brackenridge-- I as one of the buyers he would often come in the office or call when he was needing...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Debbie Engstrom - Austin , TX
“James always went above and beyond to help. He always could make me laugh. He'll be missed.
17 of 40 | Posted by: Melanie Frazier - Austin, TX
“We remember James's sense of humor. We only had the chance to be around one time, but are so thankful to have known him even that much. We also...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: Tammie and Javier Valdez - TX
“Esther: Nuestro mas sincero pesame por la muerte de James. El esta en los brazos del Senor. El te cuidara en tus suenos y te protegera de los...Read More »
19 of 40 | Posted by: Erasmo (Juan) Escamilla - TX
“I recently moved to Texas from Illinois in September and for the first few months it was very hard for me to move from my hometown. It wasn't until I...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: Diana Fox - Kyle, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. If there is one thing I will always remember about the two of you, it was the love you two shared together....Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Danielle - Austin, TX - friend
You were always the guy to turn too when CT ever needed anything. Your jokes with Braxton were priceless and unforgettable. We missed you...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Danielle - Austin, TX
“James was such a wonderfull person. When I had to have minor surgury done he told me to take care of it before it got worse.
I appreciated his...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Amy Koch - Austin, TX - co-worker
“I have had the pleasure of not only managing James (if that's possible) but becoming a friend over the past 2 years. James and I met soon after I...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Krista Robertson - Kyle, TX
I am so sorry for your loss. It's so unfair that you weren't given more time to enjoy your life with James. Josh and I will keep you in...Read More »
25 of 40 | Posted by: Stephanie Sauceda - Austin, TX
“I have known James for 9 yrs, starting when I worked for KCI and had the pleasure of sharing many converstations with you before and after my...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: Chris Salas - Austin, TX
“I would like to retell the story that will forever be in my heart of James Williford.
The economy has gone bad, Austin seems to have little to...Read More »
27 of 40 | Posted by: Melissa Ikeler - TX - Friend
“I remember going through supply crisis' and James always being the one to help me figure them out. He was always there to help calm me down when I...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Malia Capers-Cristobal - Austin, TX
““BANANAS!” You would exclaim in reply to a ludicrous situation. This is a “BANANAS” situation my friend. You have made me, us, laugh so many...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: Jay Jackson - Austin, TX - Friend
“I met James early in his relationship with Esther. I watched their love for each other grow throughout the years. I was honored to be present at...Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Anne Hulzing - Austin, TX
“As co-workers for the past 10 years, 6 of them as James' boss, we most definitely had our moments. Good & bad. But over the past 8 months as we've...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Frank - Austin, TX
“You will be missed!!
32 of 40 | Posted by: Aaron Kitchens - Round Rock, TX
“To Esther and James' Family, I am so sorry for your loss - for all of our loss! James was always a happy and bright person, who loved living his life...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Julia Chang - Denver, CO
“Such a sweet goofball of a man. The world is a little less bright in your absence.
34 of 40 | Posted by: Melanie Webb - Austin, TX
“I can't believe that James died in a trauma. All the years he spent helping supply nurses with supplies we need to take care of trauma and that was...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Michelle Reeve - Austin, TX
“Ester, James was a wonderful. He always had a SMS on his face. He will be missed. He will always be in our hearts.
36 of 40 | Posted by: Paula Coopwood - Austin, TX
“James you were and are truly an angel here on earth. Thank you for always helping me collect my "moving boxes" and supplying me with my surgical tape...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Deanna McKay - Austin, TX
“James--You are already so dearly missed by everybody. You are a wonderful and cherished friend.
Esther and Family,
We are so incredibly sorry...Read More »
38 of 40 | Posted by: Camille and David Franklin - TX
“James was the sweetest, happiest guy and a joy to work with. He will certainly be missed by many, many people with his easy, always-present smile and...Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: Beth Weller - Kyle, TX - Coworker
“I have known James for about 8 years, ever since I started on the PICC team. James was always there for our team, working with us on our supplies we...Read More »
40 of 40 | Posted by: Sheila Hale - Friend, colleague
James David Williford, 32 years old, died tragically as an innocent victim of a high-speed police chase on June 15, 2012 in south Austin, Texas.
James was born on January 4, 1980, in Austin to Miriam Stewart and Richard Summers.
He graduated from McNeil High School and shortly after began his pursuit of career choices consisting of managing Regal Cinema Theatres and First USA Customer Service. Quickly, James found his niche at Brackenridge Hospital working in the Supply Department. There James mastered the art of being the "SPD MAN". He studied the materials, knew all the merchandise the hospital supplied, and could correctly tell the nurses what they needed when they would say "you know that thing for the stomach" – "oh you mean the g-tube". James continued to grow and climb the ladder starting in the mail room at Brackenridge Hospital and then becoming the best service lead they had. After many years of AWESOME service he was asked to take a managerial position at Seton Medical Center where he continued to give his all. It was not an easy transition leaving the Brackenridge Hospital that he loved so much where everyone knew his name and could always count on him, but he did. At Seton Main Medical Center, James was able to continue his strong work ethic and made his job a priority, taking phone calls after hours and on weekends. James never said no to anyone when they needed help. James was proud of what he did and gave his all. He was absolutely without a doubt AWESOME, and he knew it too!
Whether it was shaving his head for the St. Baldrick's Childrens fundraiser or helping out a friend, James was always there to give. His heart was full of love, joy, and happiness with an occasional salute of the middle finger to make it interesting.
James Williford is survived by his wife Esther Seoanes; his mother Miriam Stewart; his father Richard Summers; brother Paul Ater; aunt Alice Vines-Crowe and husband Don; uncle Leon Stewart and wife Barbara; cousins Melissa and Matt Vines, Angela and Will Stewart; sisters-in-law Annette, Rose, Lorena, and Susan Seoanes; his loving doggie son and daughter Harvey Danger and Lina Inverse; and closest friends the Toohey brothers (Mark, Sean, and Paul), Shale Smith, Joaquin, Linda Stiefert, Shelly Taylor, and Maureen Goodwin; and too many additional friends and family to be named.
James we love you so much and miss you. You will never be forgotten.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 19th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on North Lamar. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. at Highland Park Baptist Church, 5206 Balcones Dr. Burial will follow at Austin Memorial Park.
The family will be starting a James David Williford Memorial Foundation to assist families of innocent victims of crime with the cost of unexpected death.
For those wishing to make monetary donations please contact Rose Seoanes at (512) 567-6014 for account information.