Lima- James David “Dave” Williams, age 81, of Lima passed away at his residence on September 25, 2022. He was born on October 20, 1940 to the late Alfred Theodore and Florence Berdene (Obermiller) Williams.
He was the brother of Larry Williams of Mansfield, Kenny Williams of Warner Robbins, GA, and the late Ted Williams of Mansfield. He was formerly married to the late Shirley Ahlers Williams. In 1991 he married Cheryl Robinson, who preceded him in death in 2017. He is survived by his daughter Sarah (Dave Anspach) Anspach of Waynesville, his step-daughter Dia (Jeremy Rex) Fleming-Rex of Canal Winchester, and his step-son Colby Fleming of Nashville. He is also survived by his grandchildren Abby Anspach, Adam Anspach, Calvin Rex, and Robyn Rex.
Dave graduated from Ontario High School and was a member of the varsity basketball team. He later graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Education. Dave taught at Dublin High School where he coached basketball and was instrumental in the construction of a greenhouse to use in their science education program. He taught science for many years at Perry Junior High School in Lima and was responsible for the construction of a greenhouse for use in the science education program there.
Dave was the owner of the Williams Greenhouse wholesale business and grew the Poinsettias that adorned several church holiday displays as well as bedding plants such as marigolds and petunias for many years.
Dave was member of several community organizations including the Eagles, the Moose, and the Lions clubs. He loved being around people and found friends everywhere he went. He was an active member of the Gardeners of Lima and enjoyed sharing flower growing tips with his friends. He and his late wife Cheryl were also members of Forest Park United Methodist Church.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Primrose of Lima Retirement Community for their care, support, and assistance over the last two years.
Funeral services will begin at 11:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 at Forest Park United Methodist Church, Lima. Rev. Lynda Lockwood will officiate. Burial will follow in Lafayette Cemetery, Lafayette.
The family will receive friends from 4:00-6:00 PM Thursday, September 29, 2022 at Bayliff and Son Funeral Home, Cridersville and Saturday from 10:00-11:00 AM at Forest Park United Methodist Church, Lima.