James A. A. Williams

Obituaries in Penn Yan, NY | The Chronicle-Express
Obituaries in Penn Yan, NY | The Chronicle-Express

James A. A. Williams

It is with great sadness the family of James A. A. Williams announces his passing on March 4, 2022. Jim was born on June 14, 1970 to Rev. and Mrs. Gordon M. Williams (Dorothy Childs). He grew up in New York State living in Sodus Point, DeWitt, Elmira Heights and Penn Yan. As a teenager his work experiences included delivering the Finger Lakes Times, clerking at Buck's Donuts, painting tanks and dragging hoses for Wyman Propane, assisting surveyor, Rick Willson, and a summer job at Transelco. After graduating from Penn Yan Academy in 1988, he attended Alfred University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree at the SUNY School of Ceramics in 1993 and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995. He met his future wife, Kelly Miller, at Alfred where she was studying Ceramic Art. Upon graduation Kelly and Jim moved to Buckhanan, West Virginia after he accepted a Ceramic Engineering position at Corhart Refractories. While working in Buckhannon Jim earned an MBA degree from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1998 and was promoted to Plant Manager at Corhart. In 2000 shortly after the birth of a daughter, Madeleine, the family enjoyed two years in Avignon, France where Jim was a Project Engineer at St Gobain Ceramics. They returned stateside, expanded their family with the birth of a son, Andrew, and moved to Louisville, Ky. It was a shame Jim's father who was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, by Governor Martha Layne Collins did not live long enough to see his son residing in Kentucky. At the time of his death Jim was employed at St Gobain Quartz in Louisville. In his role as Plant Manager he provided productive and successful leadership and will be missed by his colleagues.

Jim will be remembered for his wit and wisdom. He was well read and had a wide variety of interests. James, who was named after his Grandfathers, James Williams, and Rev. Andrew Allison Childs, was interested in genealogy and family heirlooms. He celebrated his Scots-Irish heritage playing the bagpipes in the West Virginia Mountain Pipe Band. He enjoyed spelunking adventures in West Virginia. He was a supportive Father who both loved watching his daughter's ballet performances and coaching his son's soccer team. He was known for telling ghost stories around the campfire on family camping trips. Family members will always remember how much he hated to lose card games. Jim grew up in the Finger Lakes Wine Country and later enjoyed touring the wineries in Provence during his time living in France. As a proud Kentuckian, he shared the Bourbon Trail with visitors. Above all, Jim was devoted to his family and made their comfort and happiness a top priority in his life.

Jim was predeceased by his Father, Rev. Gordon Williams in 1995, and his wife of 24 years, Kelly Miller, in 2020. He is survived by his two children, Madeleine and Andrew, mother Dorothy Williams of Keuka Park, brother John F. C. Williams and nephew, Evan of Denver. CO, sister, Margaret R.B. (Dave) Brongo of Geneseo, NY, mother-in-law Donna (Jeff) Baxter of Van Etten, NY; brother-in-law Rob (Bethany) Miller and their children Nicholas, Olivia, and Samuel of Charlotte, NC as well as several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

A private funeral was held at the Pearson Funeral Home in Louisville, KY where memories posted on a Tribute Wall can be viewed. Burial will be next to his wife in Castorland, NY at a later date.

Posted online on March 24, 2022

Published in Penn Yan Chronicle-Express

Obituaries in Penn Yan, NY | The Chronicle-Express
Obituaries in Penn Yan, NY | The Chronicle-Express

James A. A. Williams

James A. A. Williams

It is with great sadness the family of James A. A. Williams announces his passing on March 4, 2022. Jim was born on June 14, 1970 to Rev. and Mrs. Gordon M. Williams (Dorothy Childs). He grew up in New York State living in Sodus Point, DeWitt, Elmira Heights and Penn Yan. As a teenager his work experiences included delivering the Finger Lakes Times, clerking at Buck's Donuts, painting tanks and dragging hoses for Wyman Propane, assisting surveyor, Rick Willson, and a summer job at Transelco. After graduating from Penn Yan Academy in 1988, he attended Alfred University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree at the SUNY School of Ceramics in 1993 and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995. He met his future wife, Kelly Miller, at Alfred where she was studying Ceramic Art. Upon graduation Kelly and Jim moved to Buckhanan, West Virginia after he accepted a Ceramic Engineering position at Corhart Refractories. While working in Buckhannon Jim earned an MBA degree from West Virginia Wesleyan in 1998 and was promoted to Plant Manager at Corhart. In 2000 shortly after the birth of a daughter, Madeleine, the family enjoyed two years in Avignon, France where Jim was a Project Engineer at St Gobain Ceramics. They returned stateside, expanded their family with the birth of a son, Andrew, and moved to Louisville, Ky. It was a shame Jim's father who was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, by Governor Martha Layne Collins did not live long enough to see his son residing in Kentucky. At the time of his death Jim was employed at St Gobain Quartz in Louisville. In his role as Plant Manager he provided productive and successful leadership and will be missed by his colleagues.

Jim will be remembered for his wit and wisdom. He was well read and had a wide variety of interests. James, who was named after his Grandfathers, James Williams, and Rev. Andrew Allison Childs, was interested in genealogy and family heirlooms. He celebrated his Scots-Irish heritage playing the bagpipes in the West Virginia Mountain Pipe Band. He enjoyed spelunking adventures in West Virginia. He was a supportive Father who both loved watching his daughter's ballet performances and coaching his son's soccer team. He was known for telling ghost stories around the campfire on family camping trips. Family members will always remember how much he hated to lose card games. Jim grew up in the Finger Lakes Wine Country and later enjoyed touring the wineries in Provence during his time living in France. As a proud Kentuckian, he shared the Bourbon Trail with visitors. Above all, Jim was devoted to his family and made their comfort and happiness a top priority in his life.

Jim was predeceased by his Father, Rev. Gordon Williams in 1995, and his wife of 24 years, Kelly Miller, in 2020. He is survived by his two children, Madeleine and Andrew, mother Dorothy Williams of Keuka Park, brother John F. C. Williams and nephew, Evan of Denver. CO, sister, Margaret R.B. (Dave) Brongo of Geneseo, NY, mother-in-law Donna (Jeff) Baxter of Van Etten, NY; brother-in-law Rob (Bethany) Miller and their children Nicholas, Olivia, and Samuel of Charlotte, NC as well as several Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins.

A private funeral was held at the Pearson Funeral Home in Louisville, KY where memories posted on a Tribute Wall can be viewed. Burial will be next to his wife in Castorland, NY at a later date.

Posted online on March 24, 2022

Published in Penn Yan Chronicle-Express