James David Williams

Wednesday, June 18, 1947 - Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Beloved Daddy, Papaw, Brother, and Friend

Photo of James David Williams  - 1947-2019

Canton- James David Williams, age 72, a beloved daddy, papaw, brother, and friend, passed away in the peaceful evening hours of Wednesday, November 19, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Williams was born June 8, 1947 and was a lifelong resident of Haywood County where he was well known and liked throughout the community where he had made his home all of his life.  Mr. Williams had proudly and honorably served his country in the United States Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Military Police Sergeant while being stationed in the South Pacific. He chose to continue a career in law enforcement and had been employed with the Town of Canton Police Department beginning his career as a patrolman and later being promoted to serve as a detective. Following his service with the Town of Canton, Mr. Williams was appointed as a Haywood County Magistrate where he retired with 15 years of dedicated service. David always held a true concern for the citizens of his hometown and community where his kind and friendly personality was a joy to everyone that he knew. In his spare time, David enjoyed many quiet hours trout fishing in the mountain streams of Cherokee, hunting among the mountains that he loved, and also caring for his goats and chickens brought him many hours of happiness. Mr. Williams was a member of Rocky Face Baptist Church. As we give thanks for the life of James David Williams we remember his great love for his family, we remember his warm smile that he shared so often, and we remember that David was always a man of his word and that he truly cared about others.  

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his father, Johnnie F. Williams; and his brother, Troy Williams.

Surviving are his mother, Geraldine Clontz Williams of Canton; his daughter, Stacey Shrader and her husband, James, of Canton; grandchildren, Cody and Jessica Jones of Waynesville, Levi Jones of Waynesville, Anthony Shrader of Canton, and Savannah Shrader of Canton; great-grandchildren, Christian, Haven, Sophie, Payzli, Karson, Cuttler, and Havolynne; his sister, Sue Trull of Canton; and also his best friend, Danny Stroupe of Canton.

The funeral service to honor the life of Mr. Williams will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, November 22, 2019 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Canton. Pastor Donnie Henson will be officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment with military honors will be held at Morning Star Community Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Anthony Shrader, Zachary and Joshua Green, Cody and Levi Jones and Ben Williams.

Memorials may be made in David’s memory to the Morning Star Cemetery Maintenance Fund, PO Box 1746, Canton, NC 28716.

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Williams family.

Condolences from family and friends

So sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and understanding and God's guidance for the family during this time. Heaven gained an Angel.
Traci Yates Rogers
My heart goes out to you Stacey and family!! This is a great loss. David was a great man and will be dearly missed. Love to you!!
Phyllis P Burchfield
My prayers go out to all that loved David. What a great man! Wonderful memories of him when I was young. Now he’s met his Savior that he so loved. All is well....
Lee Ann Hardin
So sorry to hear of David’s passing. Prayers for his family and friends. Robin
Robin Cabe-Smith
So sorry for your loss. My God bless the family and friends.
Joy Latulipe
My deepest sympathy to all of David's loved ones. He will be missed by so many.
Juanita Dixon
Have known David all of his life as his sister and I are best of friends since elementary school. I love this dear family and send love, prayers, and heartfelt sympathies to all of them. May God give you all comfort and peace that passeth all understanding. We look forward to seeing him again on that great resurrection day.
Nancy Lee
I am so sorry to hear about David passing. He was a very loved man & will be truly missed. May God hold all who loved him in His loving arms & comfort them.
Kim Hightower
So sorry for your loss. Praying for love, strength, peace, and comfort for you and your family ❤️
Keiith and Chantay Davis
I am so very sorry to hear this Stacy! I’m thinking about you! It’s a hard road without your Daddy!!! My prayers are with you!
Stacy, I am so sorry for your loss...you and your family are in my prayers. Love & Hugs
Lisa Lindsey Pyle
We really loved David and send our prayers and condolences to his family. He was a great friend and will be severely missed in the days ahead.
Ann Putnam & family
Stacey and family, We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Audrey & Darlene Garnes
Sorry to hear of David's passing . He was a wonderful friend and classmate. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Bobby and Gayle Ammons
I was deeply saddened to learn the passing of David. Prayers for comfort during this difficult time.
Debbie Lewis
Stacey, I am so sorry. David was an inspiration to me in the way he handled his illness. I will miss him and I'm so thankful for the friendship we shared. Love and prayers to you and all the family.
Katie Williamson
Stacey, your dad was one of the sweetest people we have ever known. Your dedication to him and care of him will always be remembered by everyone. So thankful we had him as a friend....he will remain in our hearts and memories forever! Love you, sweet child!
Ann & Dale Buckner
Praying for the family, David was a good man, always a smile and hello. He will be missed.
Brenda Haney Stroupe