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Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press January 25, 2017 WILLIAMS Our beloved Johnie Williams Jr., age 73, resident of Kyle, Texas was called to our Heavenly Father on Sunday, January 22, 2017 after suffering an intense battle with cancer. Mr. Williams was a US ArmyVeteran who served with honor from 1963 until 1970. He received combat accom- modations for bravery and valor while in Viet- nam, Korea and Germa- ny. He was awarded one purple heart and one sil- ver star and four bronze stars for his efforts as well as a National Defense Service Medal and Viet- nam Service Medal. Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his mother Lula Bell Douglas of Ebro, Florida; and his father Johnie Williams Sr. of San Angelo, Texas. He is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 43 years, VickyWllliams of Kyle, Texas, their sons: Frazier Williams and JoshuaWilliams of Kyle, Texas, and their daugh- ter: SelenaWilliams and grandchildren Devin and Manna of Austin, Texas. Mr. Williams is survived by his brother Otis Williams and his wife Adrienne of Panama City, Florida: sister Ellen Hines and her husband Jack of Panama City, Florida; and brother Jonas Douglas of Panama City, Florida; and sister-in-law Rebecca Rushing of Marble Falls, Texas. Mr. Williams was born and lived in the small community of Ebro, Florida until he joined the US Army and served his country honorably. After being discharged from the Army he lived and Colorado Springs, Colorado and San Ange- lo, Texas before moving to Austin, Texas. While living in Austin he met his wife Vicky Williams, and started and operated two successful business- es: a restaurant named "Coney Island" and a landscape and hauling business. He was called the yard doctor dur- ing the Austin building boom of the 1980s. He moved to Kyle, Texas in 1982 to work and raise his family. He was employed and taught the students to become civil engineers while working as a Lab Techni- cian for the University of Texas Civil Engineer- ing Department from 1988 until 2009. After he retired from UTA he started another trucking and hauling business worked the surround- ing area from Austin and the surrounding area to San Antonio. He worked every day until he could not work any longer due to his illness. Johnie Williams Jr. was known and loved by his family as well as neigh- bors, friends, and fellow workers and acquain- tances. He loved life and adhered to his values to maintain honesty, integ- rity and compassion for each person regardless of the circumstances. His conviction to his prin- ciples not only gave him strength but it uplifted and helped all who knew and loved him. As he wonld say: "Be a good citizen". Johnie Williams Jr. loved life and God. He enjoyed and treasured listening to music, the being outside, animals, conversing with people, entrepreneurship, and hard work and most of all taking care of his family. Visitation and viewing will be on Saturday, Jan. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at the Legends Funeral Home in San Marcos, Texas. Funeral Services will be held at the Center Union Missionary Church in Buda, Texas on Sunday, ]an. 28 at 2 p.m. c o m Texas History Continued from pg. 1C Jr address, the committee chairman fumed, "This stinks to high heaven!" Deciding to dodge the avalanche of subpoe- nas, BenJack suddenly dropped out of sight. His destination was Brazil, a haven for well-heeled fu- gitives. Assuming he had flown the coop forever, chagrined authorities bemoaned the fact that they would never have the pleasure of putting the swindler behind bars. But to everybody's amazement, BenJack came back the next year to face the music. Although politicians, prosecutors and the press predicted the tune would not be to his liking, the dethroned insurance king confidently forecast his complete exoneration. He said with a Texas-size grin, "I feel like a cham- pion that has come off the CanVaS." After two months of nearly nonstop interroga- tion, BenJack must have felt more like a punch- drunk has-been. Grilled first by a Dallas grand jury, he went to Austin for questioning by two legis- lative committees and the IRS. Waiting in the wings were the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Post Office and yet another grand jury. The worst was yet to come. BenJack calmly accepted an embezzle- ment conviction in the obvious belief that he would receive the usual slap on the wrist reserved for white-collar criminals. But the judge burst his bubble with a stiff ten- year sentence. BenJack posted bail and immediately fled the country. Howhe managed to catch local, state and federal lawmen napping for a second time remains a scandalous mystery. Welcomed once again with open arms by the Brazilians, the wealthy exile enjoyed his life It's About Thyme Continued from pg. 1C out there? Early Gift - 52 days. If you get a late start, she might be the best choice. The weather looks great. Get out in the garden, breathe in some fresh air. soak in some sunshine and listen to the birds sing. Spring is just around the corner. Happy gardening every- one! If you have a question for Chris Winslow, send it via email to iathyme@ Or mail a postcard to It's About Thymel 1726 Manchaca Road, Austin, TX 78748 Continued from pg. 1C mary, who helped him with the idea of crafting signs expressing his po- litical ideology. The signs harbor sev- eral slogans the two craft- ed on their own. Signs featured slogans that expressed his displeasure with the president-elect, who was sworn into of- rice Friday. While it took three to four minutes to write a slogan on the sign, Nel- son said the challenge was trying to craft a sign that was impactful. Several slogans failed, as they were not immedi- ately obvious to passers- by, who only have a few seconds to read them. But Nelson said some signs garnered waves, thumbs-up or even an occasional honk of the horn. The only real feedback he received was from one young woman who disagreed with his view- points. "I have not observed any negative reaction from someone in a ve- hicle passing by," Nelson said. "But I may not have noticed." Nelson's concern is "What I hope is that many more people will do this sort of thing, right down to where people live." - Jim Nelson, Kyle resident that Trump, in his own opinion, is "not a normal human being" and "has no principles." He also claimed the re- cently elected President did not represent the ma- jority of Americans. "No one can predict what's going to happen because the man is un- predictable," Nelson said. But he hopes his exam- ple could inspire others to conduct other small "grassroots" movements for those to speak out. "What I hope is that many more people will do this sort of thing, right down to where people live," Nelson said. of luxury south of the border. He even suc- ceeded in increasing the size of his tidy fortune with shrewd investments and the occasional crime, which never resulted in jail time. Always the consum- mate performer, BenIack posed as the pitiful victim in a 1962 magazine inter- view. "You know, a man may have five different reasons for doing some- thing, but if one of those reasons is money, people will forget the other four and say he did everything just for money." Pausing for dramatic effect, he added, "That's one of the saddest things I learned ir~ all these troubles." With a faraway look in his eye, the swindler drawled, "I would give my life to get this curse off my name. Someday I'll go back to Texas and prove that I am not guilty." That, of course, never happened. Bartee's three books and ten "Best of This Week in Texas History" column col- lections are available for purchase at barteehaile. com. Texas Crossword and Sudoku sponsored by , LP i8 7 Z::::.% i~!i!i!~!i~i!!!!i! 9 i; ,i7, ii~7,iLi~L !i!i!iiii!ii! ::::::::::::::::::::::: t.... ........... 2 lil~ii~i!~i~!iiiii ii~i! "% ! .................. i i iiiiiii ,iii ,,iiiii!iiiii ,i!ii : :;;::::;::::;:::: ~lf~Nii' ..5. ... . :::::::::::::::::::::::::: ':'::: :':':':::::::::: : i ;;i;i;i{;;;i;ii~;iiiiiil ................................................... !!!!::!%1!!!!! 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