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Jimmie Oliver Williams, 84, of Norman OK passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 in Norman OK. Services will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, June 9th at the Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Norman OK.

Jimmie was born February 21, 1933 to Oliver and Belva Williams. He graduated from Noble High School in 1951 and was enlisted in the Army from 1953-55. He was employed at Griffin Memorial Hospital for 30 years. After his retirement from the hospital he worked with his brother Willie in his family business. His other jobs were fishing, hunting and gardening.

As a child, Jimmie grew up on the Griffin Memorial state farm his father, Oliver, managed. Jimmie; bother, Willie and sister, Mary Ellen helped the farm hands harvest the garden and raise livestock which provided food for the hospital while his mother cooked for family and farm hands. After the farm closed, the family moved to the Fisher Ranch east of Norman. Along with his father and brother, Jimmie and his friends bailed hay and worked huge roundups, herding and branding cattle while his mother cooked for everyone.

He married Goldie Alice Niece on January 2, 1959. They went on their honeymoon to visit their good friends, Harold and Christine Kyrkendell in Gladewater TX. They raised two devoted children, Richard and Judy. He was an active parent and a huge supporter of Noble Band Parents, where he served as President and Vice President. He spent many Friday nights in the concession cooking popcorn. Even though he never had a lot of money, he made sure his children had everything they needed. Later, he was a devoted grandfather to Chaz, Hillary, Kaitlyn and Alea. In addition to his own family, he considered Greg, Kim and Steve Oliphant bonus children. He would introduce them as, "mine and Otis' kids". He enjoyed going to Texoma where he had a community of fishing buddies(Oliphant, Childress, and brother, Willie) and was the expert fish fryer. Over his lifetime Jimmie had many friends. He and Otis Oliphant, had many fun adventures overseeing and instructing the "younger generation" on the best way to get everything done! Even though he lived in Florida he and his army buddy, Albert J. Davis, talked on the phone every day reminiscing about the good old days.

Jimmie was proceeded in death by his parents, one grandchild, Kaitlyn, his brother, Willie and his sister-in-love Carol and other dear friends. He is survived by wife, Goldie, son, Richard and wife Teresa Williams, Daughter, Judy and her husband, Rodney Farris, grandchildren, Hillary and Chaz Farris and Alea Williams and host of relatives and friends that loved him ferociously.
Published on June 7, 2017
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