James "Jim" Carlton Williams, 73, died Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at his residence in Graham. A funeral service with full military honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. All of Jim’s friends and loved ones are welcome to celebrate his life at the service, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, 75211. Directions can be found at http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/dallasftworth.asp, or call (214) 467-3374.

Jim was born Sept. 9, 1940, to Fabon Maurice and Alma Margurite Williams of Ranger. Jim was a very kind hearted and giving person and donated to many charities. He joined the Navy three days after he turned 17 and remained there for 25 years, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer. He was assigned to the National Security Agency and was stationed in Japan, Philippines, Hawaii, The American Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, and others. His home base was at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. During 9-11, Jim was on the phone for days with the NSA, doing his part for the safety of our beloved United States. 

During his retirement, he raised AKC show dogs, including Cocker Spaniels, at his Rose Wood Kennels in Tyler and, along with Bo, showed Basenji dogs for 15 years from their Singing Dog Kennels in Graham. He was on the board of directors of the Texas Prime Timers Organization and the Texas Conference of Clubs. 

Jim had lived in Graham for several years as a boy and returned to live here in 1998. 

He will be missed and remembered  for his kindness and devolution  for his love of this great Country.

He is survived by his life partner of 16 years, Bo Mahler of Graham; daughter, Wendy Renee Hardin of Keller and her children Jessica Leigh and Adam; son, Damon Elliott Williams and wife Lilian of Austin and their daughter, Zoe Xinyi; stepson, Earl Nicholas Thees Mahler III and wife Lori of Wylie; stepdaughter, Catherine Amanda Louise Mahler of Wylie; and step-grandchildren, Brandon Tanner and Quentin Tanner of Dallas; sister Barbara Spence of Charleston, S.C.; and sister, Susan Dyer and husband Jerry of Oklahoma City, Okla.

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