Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Home » Beloved mayor and community leader, Jimmy Williams, remembered for dedication and service

Beloved mayor and community leader, Jimmy Williams, remembered for dedication and service

by Amber McDown

Jimmy Williams, a cherished figure in Webster Parish, renowned for his multifaceted roles as a father, grandfather, mayor of Sibley, businessman, and friend, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at the age of 68.

Williams, born in Minden in 1955, dedicated the last two decades of his life to the Town of Sibley, where he served as mayor since 2009. His profound impact on the community manifested through numerous achievements, including enhancements to the Sibley water system, facilitation of economic growth, and the establishment of a new subdivision at the town’s north entrance.

Notably, in 2019, Williams was elected as President of the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA), assuming a pivotal role as an advocate for villages, towns, and cities statewide. His exceptional leadership during the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic earned him the LMA’s prestigious President’s Award in 2022.

Williams’s commitment to service extended beyond municipal boundaries, as evidenced by his active involvement with the LMA Executive Committee and his representation of Louisiana and Sibley on a national scale.

A cornerstone of the Minden business community, Williams played a pivotal role in the success of Minden Athletic, contributing five decades of service to the establishment. His entrepreneurial spirit also led to the founding of Williams Silkscreen, a venture that left an indelible mark on the local athletic apparel industry.

As a proud member of the 1972 Minden High School State Championship Baseball Team, Williams’s passion for baseball endured throughout his life, as he continued to engage with the sport both as a player and a coach.

Beyond his professional and athletic endeavors, Williams’s devotion to his faith was palpable, as he actively participated in the Minden Presbyterian Church and generously shared his handyman skills to enhance its facilities.

However, Williams’s greatest source of joy resided in his family, particularly his role as “Poppie” to his beloved grandchildren. His home served as a beacon of warmth and hospitality, fostering countless cherished memories for his loved ones.

In the wake of his passing, tributes poured in from across the community, underscoring the profound impact Williams had on the lives he touched. From expressions of grief to fond recollections of his kindness and leadership, the collective mourning reflected the enduring legacy of a remarkable individual.

Williams’s legacy as a compassionate leader, devoted family man, and cherished friend will continue to resonate throughout the Minden community and beyond, serving as a testament to a life well-lived and a spirit deeply cherished.

Related Posts