James Earl Williams Jr.

September 20, 1950November 12, 2020

On Thursday November 12, 2020, James “Jim” Earl Williams Jr, loving husband and father, passed away at the age of 70 with his wife by his side.

Jim was born in Covington, Kentucky to James and Judith Williams. After graduating from Holmes H.S. in 1968, Jim went on to pitch for the University of Cincinnati's baseball team and graduated in 1972. He served in the Army / Army Reserves for 6 years and was honorably discharged in 1978.

Jim had a passion for baseball and was proud to be a member of the Holmes H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame. He enjoyed cheering on his Cincinnati Bearcats, Reds, and Bengals. He cherished time spent fishing with his son Jimmy. He loved traveling and often spent time RVing with his wife Drenda. Jim and Drenda attended Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church. He was known for his loving spirit, kind heart, laughter, and dedication to family.

Jim was preceded in death by his father, James Earl Williams, Sr and his favorite cat, Mittens. He is survived by his mother Judith, his former wife JoAnn and their son James “Jimmy” Edward Williams, his current wife Drenda and their loving dog Bentley, and three stepchildren: Curt, Clint and Carlie Phillips.

An outdoor memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 17th at East Lawn Memorial Park at 2pm. The family will begin receiving friends one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to CASA for kids, Inc (court appointed special advocates) at 310 Shelby Street, Kingsport, TN 37660. Contact Missy Sturgill at 423-247-1161, ext 3.

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Rob and Laura Wicker

November 18, 2020


We are heartbroken to hear of Jim’s passing. You two seemed to have something special, so we know this hurts you deeply. We will keep you in our prayers. We hope we get to see you soon, but in the meantime, here is a virtual hug!


Rob and Laura

Elaine Lawson

November 17, 2020

We are so sorry to here of Jim's passing. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of yourself and know that you are loved by many friends .
Ron and Elaine Lawson

Bronwen Huff

November 16, 2020

Drenda, we are so very sorry about Jim's passing. We only knew him for a short time, but always enjoyed seeing his smiling face. We continue to keep you and your family in prayer, and in our thoughts. Bronwen and Curtis Huff

Christe Jennings

November 16, 2020

Drenda, I’m so sorry for your loss and what you have gone through for the past couple of weeks. You have been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

Sharon Glass

November 14, 2020

There are no words that I can offer to give comfort. I am here, you are in my heart, my thoughts and prayers. We loved Jim as much as we love you, in the short time we knew him. May GOD give you peace.

Frankie McCafferty

November 13, 2020

Drenda and sorry for the loss of Jim. He was one of those wonderful, decent men that the world needs more of. I'm so glad I got to be there to share his induction into the baseball hall of fame! He was so pleased and we were all so happy for him. Prayers for his family and friends.


Frankie McCafferty

Pam Ross

November 13, 2020

I cannot hear Jim's name spoken without erupting into a big smile. He has brought joy to our lives by just being himself. His effervescent spirit, his ready smile and his compassionate nature are traits that leave us with a legacy of endearment. We are better people for having had the pleasure of enjoying Jim's prescence.

Kathy Carmichael

November 13, 2020

Drenda and Family, So very sorry to hear about Jim. He was a great guy and wonderful classmate. So happy we were able to share the joy of him receiving his honor in Holmes baseball. I, as a classmate will always remember our days in Spanish class and his great pitching. My love and prayers go out to you, Drenda and all the family. We will most certainly cherish our memories of our dear Jim.

Sam Ross

November 13, 2020

Jim could be a National Story Teller. He was so interesting to listen to and it was evident that he cared deeply about those in his life. I'm so glad to have had a connection with Jim and hope that he enjoyed our friendship as much as I appreciated his.

My thoughts are with his loved ones,

Sam Ross

Laura Akens

November 12, 2020

Drenda and family,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss. Prayers for you.


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