Jimmy Dale Williams was born on April 17, 1945 to Jim and Willie Mae (Jefferson) Williams in Peoria, Illinois. He was the oldest of four children born to this union.
Jimmy made his transition on Sunday, October 3, 2021, surrounded by family at Presence St. Joseph Hospital of Joliet, IL.
He attended the Peoria School System, going on to attend DeVry Technical Institute (Chicago) where he received his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. He was then employed by Argonne National Laboratory in the Applied Physics Division of the Nuclear Reactor Facility.
Jimmy went on to work and retire from Lucent Technologies (Naperville). During his tenure there, he received many accolades and awards for both technical contributions and community services contributions.
Jimmy had a passion for photography, traveling (in country and out), music (jazz in particular), reading, visitors anytime, cooking for family and friends, AND ENJOYING A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE!
Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Louis (Carol) Williams, Thomas (Ann) Williams, Lee Henry (Bessie) Coats, David (Maxine) Coats, Booker (Bobbie) Coats; two sisters, Francis (Richard) Braggs and Bernice (Andrew) Simons.
Jimmy leaves to cherish his precious memory, a loving and devoted wife, Cloteal “Clo” (Roberts) Williams; two sons, Marcus Williams of Chicago, IL and Anthony (Karweemah “Kay”) Williams of Longwood, FL; one daughter Latoya Stringer of Park Forest, IL. Twenty-six years ago Jimmy was blessed with a bonus daughter, Tonya Roberts and a bonus son, Audrick Roberts. The Williams, Roberts and Stringer children provided “PawPaw” with thirteen grandchildren, nine great grandchildren. Jimmy will be dearly missed by: Three brothers, James “Sonny” (Barbara) Davis of Seaside, CA, Robert (Irene) Williams of Villa Rica, GA, Walter (Gloria) Williams of Peoria, IL; one sister, Dr. Shirley (Robert) Young of Coppell, TX; a host of “Favorite” Nieces and Nephews, numerous special cousins and other loved ones. Two very special friends Paul Anderson of Oklahoma and Doug Oliver of Bolingbrook, IL.
Jimmy never met a stranger and was never at a loss for words. He will be missed by many friends, family and even acquaintances.