Jesse Overton Harris Williams

Jesse Overton Harris Williams, age 87 of Kadoka, South Dakota , died March 15, 2008, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Jesse Williams was born January 5, 1921, on his parents' homestead in the Recluse area in Jackson County, South Dakota, the son of William H.K. and Esther (Jaquays) Williams. He grew up and graduated from Philip High School in 1941.

He was united in marriage to Velma Horton on October 14, 1944, in Rapid City, South Dakota. After their marriage they made their home on the Triangle Ranch on the Bad River in Jackson County until retirement. They moved into Philip in 1996, and due to health reasons, Jess moved into the Kadoka Nursing Home in 2002, where he has since resided.

Jess was a member of the United Church of Philip. He loved nature and was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed being around little kids.

Survivors include his wife Velma Williams of Kadoka; one son Virgil Williams and his wife Myra of Muscat, Oman; two brothers Sylvan Williams and his wife Marian of Pierre, and Pat Williams and his wife Werdna of Las Vegas, Nevada; nieces and nephews Lyndy Ireland and her husband Kenny of Philip, Nancy Stephenson and her husband Bob of Yoder, Wyoming, Delly Rumney and her husband Jim of Hot Springs, Judy Hoffman of Spearfish,Charla McGinnis and her husband Richard of Sioux Falls, Billy Williams and his wife Kathy of Las Vegas, Sandra Wells and her husband Jim of Kelso, Washington, Barbara Fuller and her husband Terry of Rapid City, Kay Dahlquist and her husband Terry of Sioux City, Iowa, and Rick Horton and his wife Nancy of Wall; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Jesse was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother Howard Vincent Williams.

Visitation was held 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip, and one hour preceding the services at the church on Thursday.

Funeral services were held 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 20, at the United Church in Philip, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Interment will be in the Triangle Ranch Cemetery.

A memorial is established.