James Leroy Williams
Birth Date: January 1, 1933
Death Date: October 22, 2016
James L. Williams, better known to his friends and family as (Leroy) was born January 1st, 1933 in Texarkana, Texas. He attended school there until he was relocated to California at the age of seventeen where he came to live with his father Lenard Williams, and Mother Cleola Williams in the Del Paso Heights area. As a young man, he was taught the Carpentry trade by his father and used this trade to assist his father in building the family homes that are still standing and in the family to this day.
Leroy met and married Johnnie Mae King, in July of 1952, from that union came three daughters.
He was drafted into the United States Army December 8, 1953, where he served two years as a Private and was Honorably discharged April 15, 1955. After being discharged from the Army Leroy went back to work in the Carpentry trade, but this was a trade that he really didn’t care for, so then he thought “what can I do”, and by a friend he was told that he should apply for work at McClellan Air Force Base.
Leroy applied and landed the job for the Federal Government at McClellan Air Force Base in 1956, as a Warehousemen/parts sorter, there he worked diligently up until his retirement in 1988. In his spare time Leroy enjoyed fishing, playing Dominoes and sharing his love for them with family and friends. He had a love for most sports, but his favorite was baseball especially during the World series. He loved to laugh and had a laugh that was infectious, it was like no other and it was the best when he said something that made others laugh. Before Leroy took ill, he loved a good party, in fact he partied so hard one time, he was dubbed “Daddy Williams” by family friends, and was known for having some of the best New Year’s Eve parties, being his birthday is New Year’s Day.
He leaves to Cherish his memory, Sisters Pauline Howard, and Rosie Williams of Dallas, Texas; Brother Arthur McDaniel of Cochran, CA; Three daughters Rita T. Jones of Fairfield, CA, Shelia R. Jackson, and Dierdre D. Gaines (Husband Eric Gaines) of Sacramento, CA; 1 Granddaughter Cenne Jackson-Orozco; 5 Grandsons Jarmarr Pearson, Lamarr Jackson, Brandon Woodfy, Prince Woodfy, and Cesar Nelson; 10 Great Grandchildren; 1 Great-Great Grandchild; and a host of Nieces/Nephews and Friends.