James (Jim) Manville Williams, 92, passed away peacefully December 7, 2019 at Gibson General Hospital in Princeton, Indiana. He was born August 27, 1927 in Anderson, Indiana to Mark and Edwina Williams, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother Robert Williams.
Jim was a graduate of Anderson High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball. Jim attended Purdue University where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and a member of the Boilermaker football team. He was drafted into the Naval Services in 1945. After completing his time in the Navy in World War II, he finished his degree in Agricultural Business from Michigan State University.
Jim began his career in the Chicago Stockyards in Hinsdale, Illinois. There, Jim met Marilyn Sundstrum, later Marilyn Williams (surviving), whom he married on May 19, 1952. He later moved to Home Packing Company in Terre Haute, Indiana. Jim eventually transferred his career with Farm Bureau to Princeton in 1970, where he lived the remainder of his life. Jim was a true salesman and was never short on a good story or joke to tell. Jim and Marilyn owned and operated the Broadway House Floral and Gift Shop in Princeton. They attended Hillside United Methodist Church. After retirement Jim and Marilyn were home builders, building numerous homes in the northern Gibson County area, he loved real estate and keeping busy making phone calls or cleaning up around home building sites. Jim kept active in many local organizations, playing golf, travelling, and attending grandchildren’s activities.
Also surviving are his children Susan Williams of Nashville, TN and Mark (Pam) Williams of Patoka, IN; Grandchildren Chad (Renee) Pankake of Nashville, TN, David (Eileen) Pankake of Nashville, TN, Jessica (Waylon) Schenk of Wadesville, IN, and Adam (Lauren) Williams of Princeton, IN; and great grandchildren: Emory, Daniel, and David Pankake; Kaelyn, Drew, and Kenzie Pankake; Lincoln, Carter, Emrey, and Emilia Schenk; and Charlotte Williams.
Jim’s family is very grateful for the caring and compassionate attention that he received from the nurses and staff at River Oaks Health Campus.
The family has entrusted Colvin’s Funeral Home to handle the Services. A celebration of life will be held at Hillside United Methodist Church, 828 W. Archer Rd.,Princeton, IN at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, with Pastor Curtis Bond and Pastor Jarmon Perkins officiating. Burial follows at Archer Cemetery in Princeton, with military rites by Retired Military Veterans. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillside U. M. Church.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes contributions would be made to the Gibson County Community Foundation Administrative Endowment in Jim’s honor. Envelopes will be available at the services or contributions can be made directly at the Community Foundation’s offices or online at https://communityfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/gifts-to-the-gibson-county-community-foundation/ You may leave a message of sympathy or light a candle in memory of Jim at www.colvinfuneralhome.com. Colvin Funeral Home is honored to serve the Williams family.
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Gibson County Community Foundation Administrative Endowment
In Jim Williams honor