James Lathan Williams, Sr., 81, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, August 31, 2008 while working on his farm in Kentwood. He was born June 24, 1927. He was the son of Jim and Dora Hughes Williams. J.L.’s passion was farming. He was a dairy farmer for 25 years and for the last 20 years remained a beef cattleman. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Kentwood and was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII.
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Kentwood with Rev. Joey Miller officiating. Burial was in the Woodland Cemetery. Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Wanzie Sharkey Williams of Kentwood; three sons and daughters-in-law, James Lathan Williams, Jr. and Wendy of Baton Rouge, Stan Williams and Visa of Mandeville and Gary Williams and Renee’ of Baton Rouge,; six grandchildren, James Lathan Williams, III, Derrick Williams, Chad Williams, Chloe Williams and Zach Williams, all of Baton Rouge, Cory Harold Wiliams and wife, Jessica of Walker; one stepson grandson, Jason Clem of Fayetteville, Arkansas; one great-granddaughter, Sydnie Williams of Baton Rouge and one brother, Bruce Williams and wife, Mary of Hammond.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Pamela Williams McBride; his stepfather, Eddie Williams; four sisters, Edith Cuzzort, Alice Daspit, Juanita Mears and Genell Varnado and two brothers, LeRoy Williams and Robert Williams.