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James L. “Jim” Williams, 62 from Springfield, passed away on April 28, 2022.

He grew up around horses and cattle, often helping his dad, Ron Alexander, with the task of the day. When he was old enough, Jim headed to Nebraska to work on a ranch. In 1980, Jim met Debbie Carpenter, who he and his friends nicknamed “The School Teacher.” They got married and had three children. Jim managed Brentwood Farms for 10 years and then worked in construction for a time, but his passion was always buying, selling, and trading old western antiques and collectibles. Eventually, he was able to do this full time; he traveled all over the country attending shows, sourcing inventory, and taking in the countryside.

He is survived by his children: Marie Drenon and her husband Kyle; Jake Williams and his wife Zarene, as well as Jim’s only grandchild, Izaak; Wyatt Williams and his fiancé Maria Galloza; parents Ron and Vickey Alexander; and siblings Bruce Williams, Angie Dold, Rebecca Lee, Matthew Williams, and Scott Williams and his wife Trena.

A memorial visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2022, at Greenlawn Funeral Home North.