The death of Abilene Reporter-News Editor and Publisher Jim Williams, who died Aug. 2, 2005, at the age of 62, is a loss for all of us who knew him. He had a gift of combining his work in many different fields, and we will miss his enthusiasm for the newspaper and the many facets of his life.
Jim was also a man of faith, and a member of the United Methodist Church. He served in the Vietnam War and was a member of the Texas Military Forces, along with his wife, two daughters, and four grandchildren. In his years at Abilene Reporter-News, Jim was a member of the staff and board of directors, and was also a director of the College of the Ozarks.
Jim was also a journalist with the Abilene Reporter-News, a long-time member of the Press Club, and a proud member of the Texas Military Forces. A great man, and a friend to all who knew him.
He had a heart of gold.
Jim is survived by his wife, Cindy, two daughters, Jennifer and Kelly, Jim’s grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
The story of the Abilene Reporter-News, a great reporter-in-training at Abilene (and the current Editor-in-Chief of the Press Club), is set in the late 1940s, with a small town where the Abilene Reporter-News is the “official news” of Abilene. Jim is the only reporter-in-training at Abilene.
Jim was a great reporter-in-training at Abilene and later a member of the Abilene Reporter-News. He married Cindy, his first wife, in 1949. He was born in California on May 15, 1928 and died in Abilene on November 21, 1997.
Jim was married to Cindy for a long time. He worked for the Abilene Reporter-News and was the editor of the newspaper for some time. He also had a business in Abilene and was involved in the local politics at the time. He later became the town’s chief of police. He and Cindy had two children, both of whom are deceased.
Jim was quite the man, and he was a good man. He was a very decent and honorable man. He was known around Abilene for his kindness, his integrity, his devotion to right, and his dedication to his family and community. The Abilene Reporter-News will miss Jim. He will be missed by many.