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Remembering James Williams Jr.


James Nathan Williams Jr., also known as “Jimmy,” died on Sunday, June 6. He was 71.

Williams was born on June 17, 1949, in Sewickley, the eldest son of the late James Nathan and Velma (Rucker) Williams.

Williams grew up in Coraopolis and graduated from Coraopolis High School in 1967. He attended the University of Pittsburgh where he completed his course work for a graduate degree in Public Administration.

In 1988, Williams joined Bethel AME Church, in the Hill District. He served on the usher and trustee boards. He became chairman of the trustee board.
Williams enjoyed cooking and crafting his own recipes, golf and traveling, especially with his wife, Doris Carson Williams, to their yearly summer escape on Martha’s Vineyard.

Williams is survived by his wife, Doris Carson Williams, who is President and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of Western Pennsylvania; son, James Nathan Williams III (Brooke); brother, Russell Eldon Williams (Kim); grandchildren, James Vaughn El B. Williams and Jade Marie B. Williams; and a host of relatives, friends and avid supporters.

The viewing for Williams will be held on Thursday, June 10, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 11, at 11 a.m. Both the viewing and funeral will take place at Bethel AME Church, 2720 Webster Ave.

In lieu of flowers, contributions and donations will be accepted at the church. 


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