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James “Jim” Williams III (6-14-19) service 6-20-19

James Edward Williams III “Jim,” of Savannah, departed from this life on Friday, June 14, at Regional One Health Medical Center in Memphis.
He was born on March 10, 1964, in Livonia, Michigan.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Valerie Williams Marshall (Wes); two grandchildren, Reese and Addy Marshall of Savannah; and his two treasured dogs, Maggie and Jack. He is also survived by his parents, Jim and Lois Williams of Tecumseh, Michigan; and his sister, Dr. LoriAnne Williams Leeton (Phil) of Clarksville, Tennessee.
Jim graduated from Adamsville High School in Adamsville. He earned a Bachelors degree from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. Jim proudly served as an assistant district attorney for numerous counties throughout West and Middle Tennessee. He made his mark on this world in more ways than one. Jim was instrumental in successfully proposing legislation, later passed as a law, which provided harsher penalties for defendants convicted of impersonating law enforcement. As a direct result of his work, this offense, previously considered a misdemeanor, will be considered a felony starting July 1, 2019. He also worked diligently with troubled youth by helping them find opportunities for a better life.
His passions included restoring antique cars, such as his prized 1957 Chevrolet, his Grandpa Baker’s cherished 1970 Ford Ranger pick-up truck, and his 1970 Impala. Additionally, he established a unique collection of old-fashioned signs and vintage license plates. An avid traveler, Jim and Valerie created many extraordinary memories as they trekked through the states together, eventually discovering their paradise in Edisto, South Carolina. A talented three-sport athlete in high school, he continued following his favorite teams, including the Detroit Tigers. Jim was an active member of the Riverview Baptist Church in Savannah, and he enjoyed singing in the choir. He generously volunteered his time to help with a myriad of church projects. Jim was held in high esteem because he truly treated others with great respect, and he was considered a genuinely loyal, caring friend to many.
Celebration of Life service was held on Thursday, June 20, at 1 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Savannah, with Rev. Allen Guyer officiating. Pallbearers were Wes Marshall, Phil Leeton, Michael Harrison, Jackie Hollins and Bob Armstrong.