|Death: ||May 26, 1944|
Cpl. James Alvin Williams, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Williams of the Hopewell section, was killed at 7:40 a.m. Friday in an Army plane crash which took the lives of ten crew members and an instructor.
The crash occurred twenty-four miles from Sioux City, Ia., where the men were stationed, and was caused, according to witnesses, when the engine went dead. The plane burned following the crash.
Cpl. Williams, an engineer gunner on the plane, graduated in 1942 from Wheatcroft High School, where he was a member of the band and the basketball team. In service since June 30, 1943, he received training at Greensboro, N.C., Amarillo, Tex., and Las Vegas, Nev., before going to Sioux City.
Surviving beside the parents are six sisters, Mrs. Luther Sigler, Robards; Mrs. George Martin, Wheatcroft; Mrs. Preston Alexander, Providence; Mrs. Carlton Hill and Mrs. J.T. Oran, near Clay; and Miss Nima Kathryn Williams, at home; and grandmother, Mrs. A.J. Johnson, Wheatcroft.
The body arrived Sunday night, escorted by Sgt. Frank Moran of Chicago, and was taken to Franklin Funeral Home in Clay.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the First Baptist church in Clay, with the Rev. E.G. Sisk of Little Zion officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bob Wallace of Wheatcroft and the Rev. Wilbur Collins.
Cousins served as pallbearers.
Burial was in I.O.O.F. cemetery, Clay.
Military rites were conducted by a squad from Camp Breckinridge.
Thursday, June 1, 1944
James Alex Williams (1884 - 1958)
Effie Callister Johnson Williams (1888 - 1960)
Vera Agnes Williams Sigler (1907 - 1984)*
Macil Irene Martin (1911 - 1998)*
Glenda Mae Williams Hill (1920 - 2007)*
James Alvin Williams (1925 - 1944)
Velda Sue Williams Oran (1927 - 2004)*
Nima Kathyrn Williams Foster (1931 - 2004)*
Odd Fellows Cemetery
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Record added: Aug 13, 2011
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