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Dunbar Funeral Home - Northeast

4219 Hard Scrabble Rd, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

James Ferrell Williams

July 22, 1948August 5, 2019
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COLUMBIA - James Ferrell Williams, 71, passed away peacefully at his home in Georgetown, SC, on August 5, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Ferrell, the only child of James R. Williams and Thelma B. Williams, both deceased, was born in Moultrie, GA, July 22, 1948. He lived most of his childhood in the suburbs of Atlanta. He met the love of his life, Sharon Clark Williams, while working at Retail Credit Company in Atlanta. They married April 26, 1969 in Marietta, Georgia.

Beginning in 1969, Ferrell worked for Georgia International Life and later Coastal States Life. In January 1982, he was recruited by Blue Cross Blue Shield in Columbia, SC, commencing a 30-year career. His very successful service there culminated with a position as Vice President of Major Group Underwriting. During his tenure, he met many wonderful people who enhanced his career and brightened his life. Prior to retiring, he built a home near the SC coast, which he and his wife visited and enjoyed regularly with their children and grandchildren. They resided there full-time after retirement.

Ferrell was a great fan of University of Georgia football and always became excited about new recruits. He enjoyed landscaping his yard and trying new plants. Golf was a favorite pastime and he loved his pet dogs. Prior to his illness, he hoped to complete certification as a S.C.U.T.E. volunteer. His granddaughters were everything to him; he was so proud of them.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon; their son, Tim Williams and his wife, Leah; their daughter, Melanie Williams and her daughters, Shelby and Molly; as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins all dear to his heart.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, 4219 Hard Scrabble Rd, Columbia, SC 29223. Funeral service will take place Monday, August 12, 11:00 a.m. at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Rd, Columbia, SC 29223, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Liver Cancer-American Cancer Society or DeBordieu & Hobcaw S.C.U.T.E.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, August 12, 2019
  • Interment Monday, August 12, 2019

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Gary ans Mary Keller

August 15, 2019

Sharon we are sorry for your loss. It has been a very long time since we have seen each other. Our paths may not have crossed recently but the word still travels.

God be with you during your time of sorrow. Ferrell will surely be missed.
Gary remembers the time spending with Ferrell at Blue Cross.

Love to you and the Family.

Gary, Mary, and Chaz Keller

Susan Danna

August 14, 2019

Ferrell was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Bobbie L. Walsh

August 11, 2019

Sharon, thinking of you and family during this time. Praying for peace and healing.

Bobbie L. Walsh

James Armbruster

August 11, 2019

Sharon,

We were so sadden by the news of Ferrell's passing. He was truly a
wonderful human being, and someone we looked up to.
Unfortunately we are out of town and will not be able to attend his
service . Please except our deepest sympathy .

Love,
Jim and Gloria Armbruster

Keith Bell

August 10, 2019

Sharon and family,

We’re so sorry and pray that God’s promise gives you peace. Ferrell shared his kindness and gentle soul with all. Keith/Carol Bell

David and Marianne Campbell

August 9, 2019

The Williams Family,
We send our heartfelt condolences. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Williams, we know his son, Tim, who is fine young man. Certainly, this is a tribute to his father.
We pray for your broken hearts,

Dave and Marianne


Glenda Hiers

August 8, 2019

Sharon , Tim, Leah, and Melanie,
I am so sorry for your loss .
Ferrell was an amazing husband ,father ,grandfather, and friend.
He will truly be missed by all.
Fondly,
Glenda Hiers

Boe Campbell

August 8, 2019

Ferrell was my son in laws father. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and well respected in the community. My heart goes out to the family. God bless the Williams family at this most difficult time.

Shelby Robinson

August 7, 2019

He was the best poppy, he was always so proud of us and loved us so so much. He’d always want to take us to go putt putting and teach us how to golf. He would always encourage us to do our best no matter what❤️

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