JAMES OLIVER WILLIAMS
James Oliver Williams was born on February 24, 1936. He was graduated from East Carolina University and received Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees [Ph.D.] in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, a journalist with the Rocky Mount Evening Telegram and the Raleigh News and Observer and professor of political science at North Carolina State University.
He is the author of books and scholarly articles on American, Chinese and North Carolina politics and public administration. Active in politics, he was elected to the Raleigh city council and was a candidate for mayor of Raleigh and a delegate to Democratic national conventions.
He married Julia Kendall of Fayetteville.
Julia is a graduate of East Carolina University with B.A. and M.A degrees in business education. She taught at Peace College and Enloe High School.
They have two sons, James Kendall Williams, born on September 12, 1966, and Lindsey Taylor Williams, born on April 25, 1975 and three grandchildren, Austin, Marion and Ann Lauren Williams.
Read Oliver's memories of early childhood
James Kendall Williams
Ken Williams was graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va. and attended Davidson College. He has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He is an internet and network security specialist and chief of the vulnerabilies unit of Computer Associates in Kansas City, Kansas.
Ken lives in Kansas City, Missouri.
Lindsey Taylor Williams
Lindsey Williams is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA degree in history. He has a Master of Divinity degree from Reform Theological Seminary in Charlotte.
Lindsey is pastor of Midtown Community Church in Raleigh, a Presbyterian church he helped establish. He formerly was associate pastor of Uptown Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.
Lindsey married Kara Whiteside of Rocky Mount. Kara is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught in the public schools and has worked in Christian counseling in Charlotte.
They are the parents of a son, Austin Laurence Williams, and two daughters, Marion Blair and Ann Lauren.
Austin Laurence Williams
Austin Laurence Williams was born on January 17, 2004. He is the son of Lindsey and Kara Williams and the grandson of Julia and Oliver Williams.
Some of Papa's favorite pictures of Austin.
Marion Blair Williams
Marion Blair Williams was born on October 6, 2005. She is the daughter of Lindsey and Kara Williams. Marion performed with the Carolina Ballet in the Nutcracker Suite at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh and at the Durham Center for Performing Arts in 2012 and 2013.
Ann Lauren Williams
Ann Lauren Williams was born on July 24, 2009, the third child of Lindsey and Kara Williams.