Ranger Exes Memorial - Others

James Williams JAMES "DUMPS" WILLIAMS, 77, was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Bronte, TX, to Roe & Mae Williams. Dumps passed away Feb. 12, 2004, in Odessa, TX. Dumps attended schools in Bronte and Colorado City. He graduated from Central High School in San Angelo in 1944. After school, he joined the U.S. Navy during WWII. Upon his discharge from the service, he attended Sul Ross University where he played basketball. He graduated from Sul Ross in 1950. Mr. Williams accepted a coaching/teaching job with ECISD where he remained until his retirement in 1985. He coached basketball and taught Texas History at Bowie and Bonham Jr. Highs and was known as a Texas history buff. James loved his wife, Gaylia "Gay" Carter (RHS-1951). She was born in Ranger, TX and was the daughter of Grace Hardin & J.C. Carter. They were married in 1955 in Ranger and shared 48 wonderful years together. Dumps loved his church, Crescent Park Baptist, where he had been a member since 1958. Through the years, he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher, department director, trustee, choir member, and was a member of the pastoral search committee that brought Dr. Johnny Dickerson to Crescent Park. He had a special heart for church visitation and ministry to the ill and elderly. His ministry will be missed. He is survived by his wife, Gay; two daughters, Rhonda Lough and husband, Shane, of Odessa and Tami Gillum and husband, Jeff, of Waco; three grandchildren who were the love of his life, Shannon Lough, Landon Lough and Samuel Gillum; and a nephew, Tom Williams of Portland, OR; many relatives and a host of good friends.