Jimmy Williams

Jimmy Lavell Williams

Sunday, January 17th, 1937 - Monday, August 12th, 2019
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Jimmy Lavell Williams grew up on a farm in Mendenhall, MS. In addition to a major chicken operation his family raised cotton and cattle.
Before school each morning Jimmy milked cows and sold milk and butter to their neighbors, delivering it on a pinto horse. That’s how he made his “spend money”.
After high school Jimmy worked at a packing house in Vicksburg, MS. He said it was the best job he ever had because “It taught me there had to be a better way to make a living”.
Riding a bus from Mississippi to Kansas City to enter airline school, Jimmy had a layover in Springfield. Little did he know he would spend most of his life here- 57 year’s. After completing training he began working for Ozark Airlines. When they were bought by TransWorld Airlines. He worked for TWA until he retired in 1997.
Jimmy loved to travel and took his wife, Billie and children, Kari and John, all over the world. His favorite places were in the South Pacific and he went there many times.
In addition to his work with the airlines and managing a farm, with his family’s support, Jimmy went to night school. He earned BA and MBA degrees from Drury University.
Jimmy was very active in Willard First Baptist Church, Rotary, Gideon’s International, and the Directors Staff in the Shriner’s Abou Ben Adhem Temple in Springfield, MO. His death has helped to give life through a skin donation to the Shrine Burn Hospital in St. Louis.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Kari, his parents, and three brothers, George, Gene, and Emmett. He is survived by his wife Billie, son John, son-in-law Mike Gilbert, two grandsons, eight great grandchildren, his brother Glen, many nieces and nephews and host of friends.
Visitation for Mr. Williams will be Sunday, August 18, 2019 from 2:00-5:00 PM at Greenlawn North Funeral Home. Service to follow on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Greenlawn North Funeral Home with burial to follow at Clear Creek Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, August 18th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Greenlawn Funeral Home- North Springfield
    3506 N National Ave
    Springfield, Missouri 65803
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, August 19th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, August 19th, 2019 11:00am
    Greenlawn Funeral Home- North Springfield
    3506 N National Ave
    Springfield, Missouri 65803
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Dennis Gromer
  • Interment

    Monday, August 19th, 2019 |
    Monday, August 19th, 2019
    Clear Creek Cemetery
    7782 W Farm Road 108
    Near Willard, Mo., MO 65802
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Posted at 07:00am
I just learned of the passing of my very dear friend and coworker Jimmy Williams. It is with a very saddened heart I try to express my feelings for such a wonderful human being. No matter how difficult times could be in a challenging airline career, did a smile come upon my face when I would have to place a call for my boss to Jimmy Williams. He always called me Betsey and to this day I can't tell you why. He could always lift a person's spirit and truly cared about his fellow man. My family visited with him and he was so very kind to my Mother. He will surely be missed by the Brown's. I just wished I could have known sooner so I could pay my respects to a man who was one of a kind. May you rest in peace my very dear friend.

Willem Schouten

Posted at 04:49pm
Death is an inevitable part of life, yet the sobering reality of it comes home when we lose someone with whom we have spent a significant portion of our lives. The 23 years that Jimmy and I worked together at Ozark and TWA, where he was manager, hold many memories.
My sincerest condolences to you, Billie and John. Since I now reside in Colorado, I will not be attending the funeral but my prayers are with you both.
Willem (Bill) Schouten


Posted at 02:25pm
Jimmy was so very special to me and my heart is sad that he is gone to soon. I met Jimmy through Rotary and we were Tuesday best buddies. His smile, hug and wonderful laugh made my day , and we could spend hours talking about his career with the airline industry , his travels , and his love of Hawaii. He was always talking about his family and what everyone was doing - he was very proud of them all! Jimmy was a true gentleman and a caring , kind and special soul. I feel privileged to have been his good friend . My heartfelt condolences to Billie who my husband and I had dinner with one evening with Jimmy , and to all his family.
Melissa Haddow

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