Mr. James Linger “J.L.” Williams was born August 20, 1932 to the late Ardis W. and Mattie Mae (Carpenter) Williams in Elba, Alabama, the fourth of five children. He departed this life at his residence surrounded by his loved ones and entered into the presence of Love on Sunday, October 17, 2021.Mr. Williams attended and graduated from Mulberry Heights School. He later joined the United States Army serving during the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1955. Upon returning to civilian life, he was employed in various positions including supervisor at Dorsey Trailers. He later retired after faithfully serving for over 49 years. He also served as a board member at the IAM Credit Union in Daleville, Alabama. He accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of the Rocky Head Missionary Baptist Church serving in multiple positions-Deacon, choir member, Laymen President, etc.-at the local church and in the Mulberry Baptist District Association. He was a member of the local Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star. He especially loved singing 7-Shape Music. He was preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Mary Alice Hooks, Otis Williams, Cleaven Williams and grandson, Xavier Gilford.He leaves to cherish his memories a loving and devoted wife of sixty-five years, Estella Belcher Williams; three sons, Arthur D. Gilford, Pastor Aubrey R. (Bessie) Williams, both of Elba, Alabama and Steve (Sharon) Williams of New Brockton, Alabama; three daughters, Audrey Williams (Jeffrey) Bennett of Acworth, Georgia, Debbie Williams (Bishop Emmett) Bright of Macon, Georgia and Patti Williams (Freddie) Culver of Elba, Alabama; a loving and dedicated sister, Corine Williams Daniels; eighteen grandchildren, twenty-nine great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a kind and amazing caretaker, Zena Cole.