James Arthur Williford died Monday, December 12, 2011, at St. Catherine Laboure Manor in Jacksonville, Florida.
The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, December 17, 2011, at 1:00 p.m., at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 2605 Sylvester Road, Albany. Reverend Verlon Robinson will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. James A. Williford, affectionately known as "Charles or Charlie Boy", was born April 6, 1921 in Camilla, Georgia to the late Richard Williford and Nary Ann (Mulkey) Williford.
He served his country honorably in the United States Army September 10, 1942 until November 4, 1945 (World War II). He served his country well and was a proud veteran.
Charles received the Lord as his personal savior at a young age. As a young adult, Charles relocated to Trenton, New Jersey in 1940. He joined Friendship Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend Edward R. Davis. He remained a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church until he moved to Baconton, Georgia in 1991. After relocating to Georgia, he joined St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, Georgia.
He was the father of three sons, Rudolph Williford (Essie) of Jacksonville, Florida, Floyd Sanders (Bonnie) of Browns Mills, New Jersey. One son, Horace Williams, preceded him in death.
In 1954, he was united in Holy Matrimony to Janet Whortenberry in Trenton, New Jersey. To this union four daughters were born, Karen Lovett (Fred) of Lumberton, New Jersey; Tabitha White (Harvey) of Lumberton, New Jersey. Two daughters, Valetta and Charlene, preceded him in death.
He worked at Tren-Metal for thirty-six years, retiring in April, 1986. He was the proud owner of Williford's Deli in Trenton. Charles was a handy man. He liked doing odd jobs around the house and could find a way to fix just about anything. Charles was a member of the Lebanon Lodge #15 in Trenton, New Jersey.
Charles was raised in Camilla, Georgia with his eight siblings, Octavia, Ulysses, Lillie, Richard, Cleo, Minnie, Vernon, and Jessie. All are deceased.
He leaves behind four children; seventeen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; one son-in-law, Wayne Walker; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
God saw him getting tired, a cure was not to be.
He wrapped him in his loving arms and whispered ‘Come with me.’
He suffered much in silence, his spirit did not bend.
He faced his pain with courage, until the very end.
He tried so hard to stay with us but his fight was not in vain,
God took him to His loving home and freed him from the pain.