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.

Oliver Williams Julia K. Williams

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

Oliver's Retirement


James Kendall Williams


Ken 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 and Kara

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.




Lindsey, 2009 Kara, 2012


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.

Austin, Age 5
Austin, Age 3


Ann Lauren, Marion, Austin, 2012        

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.

Marion, age 2, 3
Marion, age 7

Pictures of Marion

Ann Lauren Williams

Ann Lauren Williams was born on July 24, 2009, the third child of Lindsey and Kara Williams.

Christening, January 2010
Angels in my garden












More pictures of Ann Lauren

Julia and Oliver in mountains near Boone, May, 2009