Mr. Jesse Charles Williams, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Jesse Charles Williams, Jr. will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2022 at the Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Owen Gordon officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Scooba, MS. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.

Mr Williams, 85, of Scooba, died on Tuesday April 19, 2022 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Charles was a music lover and after grad school he became a band director at many schools in Mississippi. He was a talented musician who could play countless instruments, the saxophone being his favourite. He then retired as principal of West Lauderdale High School in 2000. He performed with the musical group Mississippi Five for many years throughout Mississippi; they were best known for playing VFW on Saturday nights. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and was an avid outdoorsman. He also enjoyed camping with his family and friends.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, he was an avid Bulldog fan. He rarely missed watching old-school football games and NASCAR races; always anticipating shipwrecks. Charles was a generous man, he enjoyed showing his support for many things, from St. Jude’s to veterans affairs; he loved supporting a good cause and helping out in any way he could. Growing up in a Christian household, he grew up in the Methodist church and stayed true to his roots throughout his life. He loved the Lord and was a Christian above all.

Mr. Williams is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Barbara Williams; children Tona Dickson, Glenn Williams (Tammy), Ben Williams, Ken Williams (Maggie), Connie Craig, Melissa Thomas (Roy) and Christi VanLandingham (Chris). Grandchildren Chad Watson, Jessie Pevey, Danielle Copeland, Gregory Williams, Carlton Watt, Justin Watt, Ashley O’Neal, Hailey Taylor, Hannah Thomas, Hallie Thomas, Nash VanLandingham, Ethan VanLandingham and many great-grandchildren. Sister, Hilda Sumrall, as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Mr. Charles is predeceased by his father Jesse Charles Williams, Sr.; his mother Marguerite Lockley (GC); his siblings Rosemary Brown and Robert Lockley; as well as his daughter-in-law, Regina Williams.

The bearers will be Nash VanLandingham, Ethan VanLandingham, Gregory Williams, Wyatt Williams, Carlton Watt, Justin Watt and Chamber Copeland.

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The Williams family will receive guests from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. before the funeral rites at the funeral home.

Robert Barham Family Funeral Home 6300 Hwy 39 North Meridian, MS 39305 PH: 601-693-8482 Fax: 601-693-8721

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