James L. "Steck" Williams, 84, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 22, 2018, with his family by his side.
He was born Sept. 18, 1933, a son of the late Raymond H. and Ruth F. (Mayer) Williams.
He graduated from Catawissa High School.
Stecky began his barber business in Benton in 1957, and a year later opened a shop in Elysburg, where he joyfully served the area for 61 years.
Stecky loved the Elysburg community. He had a passion for sports and treasured children, which promoted his involvement in starting little league in Elysburg, and his participation with football at Southern Columbia High School.
In his early years, he was a high school and college referee for soccer. He was a devoted fan of Southern Columbia sports, where he was on the "chain gang" for SCA Football for 20 years, and a score keeper for the SCA Wrestling team for 35 years. He was inducted into the Bernie Romanoski Chapter of the PA Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2009, he was the recipient of the SCA Distinguished Alumnus. He also served as Judge of Election for Ralpho Township.
Jim was a charter member of Elysburg Alliance Church, where he was very active, serving as an elder, deacon, youth leader, and a member of the board. He was part of Shamokin Area Christian Layman, which has run a park service at Knoebels and J & D camp grounds for 50 years. He was a member of the board of the Northumberland County Child Evangelism Fellowship. Stecky was a lay speaker and filled the pulpit, in more than thirty churches over the years.
Jim was married to his childhood sweetheart, Marian, for 64 years. Together they had four children, son, David Williams and wife Susan, Catawissa; son, Dan Williams and wife Valerie, Elysburg; and twins, Pastor Doug Williams and wife Naomi, State College; and Dr. Deb Davies and husband Dr. Todd Davies, Macungie. He was a wonderful "Grandpa" to eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind a sister, Lorraine McLaughlin, Bloomsburg; sister-in-law, Roberta Sidler, Danville; and three nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was greeted in heaven by his grandson, Joshua Williams.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Elysburg Alliance Church, with his son, Pastor Doug Williams officiating. Family will receive friends at the church from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Memorial contributions, in memory of Jim Williams, are suggested to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Northumberland County, 53 Blue Hill, Northumberland, PA 17857-8667, or Elysburg Alliance Church, 13 Alpha Ave., Elysburg, PA 17824, or All Home Days, Box 308, Elysburg, PA 17824.
Online messages of comfort may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published on January 23, 2018