Graveside ServiceFort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio, Texas 78209
Mr. Jesse David Williams was called to Heaven on Sunday, June 6, 2021. At the time of his passing, he was an 88-year-old resident of Cibolo Texas. He passed peacefully while under hospital care.
Mr. Williams was born in Gastonia North Carolina on December 31, 1932 to Mr. Albert Thornwell Williams and Mrs. Elsie Williams of the McSwain family. Due to unfortunate life circumstances, Jesse was raised in the Presbyterian Orphans Home in Barium Springs North Carolina. He attended school there until he graduated from High School. He was incredibly grateful for his time at the orphanage, and he often spoke of it very fondly. He frequently recounted stories from his childhood there especially of his time doing dairy and farm work at the orphanage. Just following his High School Graduation, Mr. Williams was drafted into the United States Army on June 8, 1953. While in the Army, Mr. Williams served in Company B, 98 th Military Police Battalion. He was discharged from service with the Army on May 18, 1955. On April 17, 1956, Mr. Williams reenlisted, but this time he entered the United States Air Force. He left Military Police work behind and became a Pilot and Crew Life Support Specialist. He remained in the Air Force until retiring on May 31, 1977 with nearly 24 years of total military service. During his Air Force years, he was stationed all over the United States, Thailand, Ryukyu Islands (now Okinawa), and Japan. He served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. While stationed in Japan the first time, he met Miss. Fumie Hamada of Hiroshima Japan. They were married on July 22, 1958 and spent 63 wonderful years as husband and wife. In 1970, while stationed in Okinawa, Jesse and Fumie adopted a little girl, and named her Lisa Marie Williams. Upon retiring from the Air Force in 1977 Jesse along with Fumie and Lisa moved to Santa Ana California to begin the next phase of their lives. Then, as if 24 years with the military was not enough government service, Jesse went to work for the United States Post Office in Fountain Valley California and worked at the Post Office until he again retired in 2011 with over 30 years of Postal Service, 54 years of combined government service. He then dedicated the rest of his time on earth to his family, charity and hobbies. In 2014, Jesse and Fumie moved to the San Antonio Texas area so that Fumie and he could be close to their daughter, Lisa. Jesse’s charity was important to him. Fueled by his past as an orphan and the life that charity provided him through the orphanage, he felt compelled to give to others in need. It was in his mind just the right thing to do.
Jesse loved watching sports, pretty much any sport. He just enjoyed the competition. He did have two favorite sporting events though: watching Notre Dame football and Dallas Cowboy football. He enjoyed doing the morning crossword puzzle, watching Western movies, and reading Old West Cowboy novels. He told his family more than once he thought he had been born in the wrong century. He loved the romance of the “Old West”! One of things he liked about Texas was the history of the state and the role it played in so many of the books and movies he loved.
Jesse will be remembered as a loving, kind, patient, humorous and giving man who believed in service to his Family, his Country, his God, and to his fellow Man.
Jesse is survived by his loving wife, Fumie Hamada Williams; daughter, Lisa Marie Williams-Thompson; and his Son-in-law, Charles Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Elsie Williams; his brothers, Buddy and Albert; his sisters, Mildred and Jewel; and his Aunt Tiny.
Jesse will be Interned at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on July 30, 2021 at 10:30 in the morning.