James Spurgeon Williams
Navarro County, Texas
Spurgeon Williams was born on August 27, 1891 at Raleigh, Navarro
County, Texas. He was the son of
Joseph Thomas Williams and
Alice Zelina (McAfee) Williams. James Spurgeon Williams
was a police officer in Corsicana and the photo to the left was
taken from Chief Will Knight's Police book which states he was a
patrolman. James' father was a former Frost, TX marshal and
also appears in Will Knight's book as the Corsicana Jailer.
James was married to Dollie Ellis and later to Zella Mae Barnes on
April 10, 1943. He died at his residence at Athens, Henderson
Co., TX on December 14, 1948 and was buried at the
Hamilton-Beeman Cemetery, Retreat, Navarro County, Texas.
James Spurgeon Williams & Dollie (Ellis) Williams:
|Mary Joe Williams
||Donald F. Price [bur at Oakwood Cem,
James D. "Bud" Williams
Mar 12, 1924 - ||
Mar 12, 1989||
J. S. Williams Will Be Tried in
CORSICANA, Texas, Nov. 17
- A change of venue for J. S. Williams, formerly city policeman, was
granted Monday by District judge Hawkins Scarborough and the accused
will be tried in Dallas County, according to a statement Tuesday.
Williams was tried with Jim Green, city policeman, and Earl Horton,
railroad officer, in connection with the fatal shooting of Jack
Coker of Ellis County in the eastern portion of Corsicana the night
of March 6, 1924. Horton and Green were acquitted by the jury and
Williams found guilty of manslaughter and his punishment was
assessed at two years in the State penitentiary.
Upon motion of the defense several months ago, Judge Scarborough
granted a new trial for the accused and the case was set for the
July term of the District Court. The case was reset for the October
term of court.
Williams Given Suspended Term
S. Williams, former policeman of Corsicana, was found guilty of
manslaughter Thursday by a jury in Judge C. A. Pippen's Criminal
District Court and was given a two-year suspended sentence. He was
alleged to have shot and killed Jack C. Coker in Corsicana on March
6, 1924. The officer said he was fired upon when he attempted to
stop an automobile and returned the fire.
Two other officers who were with Williams when the shooting took
place were tried and acquitted. Williams was found guilty of
manslaughter and sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. He was
granted a new trial and change of venue to Dallas County.
Policeman's Trial Nearing Close
Testimony in the case of J. S. Williams, former policeman of
Corsicana, being tried for the second time charged with the killing
of Jack C. Coker in Corsicana on March 6, 1924, will probably be
finished Wednesday morning in Judge C. A. Pippen's Criminal District
Court. Williams will be placed on the stand in his own defense
about 10 a.m. Wednesday, said Fred Upchruch, former City Attorney of
Corsicana, who is one of the defense attorneys.
Two other former officers who were with Williams when the shooting
took place, testified Tuesday afternoon that they returned the fire
after five men in an automobile had opened fire on them when they
attempted to stop the automobile. They were Jim Green and Earl
H. Horton, then a railroad detective at Corsicana and now a special
deputy of Dallas County.
All three officers were indicted following the killing, and Green
and Horton were acquitted, while Williams was found guilty of man
slaughter and given a two-year penitentiary sentence in his first
trial. he was granted a new trial and the case brought to Dallas on
change of venue.
Mr. Green testified that on the night of the killing he, with
Williams and Horton, were about a block from the house of Lucille
Harris when they heard shouting and a commotion and saw three men
struggling on the front porch of the house. Two of the men dragged
the third man out to an automobile standing at the curb and got into
the car. Two other men, whom the officers had not seen up to that
time got into the car from the other side and the auto was started.
Mr. Green said. The officers attempted to stop the car and Williams
leaped onto the running board. Some one in the back seat fired three
shots at Williams, who fell to the ground.
"I thought Williams was shot and shot at one of the tires to stop
them," Mr. Green said. "The other two men then began to shoot, too.
I fired only one shot. They drove away but later were arrested. Only
two men and the dead body of Coker were in the car then. The other
two men have never been located and we never learned who they were."
Thirty-five members of the civics class from the Garland High School
headed by Superintendent E. D. Bussey sat in the courtroom and
listened to the testimony in this case. They were also shown through
the jail and Criminal Courts Building by Deputy Sheriffs.
J. S. WILLIAMS IS
VICTIM OF HEART ATTACK TUESDAY
James Spurgeon Williams, aged 75 years, native of Raleigh, Navarro
County, died at his home in Athens Tuesday morning with a heart
Williams was reared at Emmett and Frost and resided in Corsicana for
many years where he served for some time as a city policeman.
He later was engaged in the produce business here. At the time of
his death he was in the trucking business.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Williams, Athens, a son, J. D.
Williams, Athens; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Jo. Price, Corsicana;
mother, Alice Williams, Corsicana, two brothers Joe H. Williams,
Corsicana, and Charles Reno Williams, Ft. Worth; three sisters, Mrs.
J. D. Skinner, and Mrs. W. C. Watson, both of Corsicana and Mrs. R.
J. Cox, Fort Worth; four grandchildren and a number of other
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon from the
Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Corley Funeral Home
The Corsicana Daily Sun - December 14, 1948
FUNERAL SERVICES FOR J. S. WILLIAMS HELD WEDNESDAY
Funeral services for James Spurgeon Williams, 57, who died at his
home in Athens with a heart attack early Tuesday morning, were held
Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Corley Chapel. Burial was
in the Hamilton Cemetery. Rev. R. E. Bost, Athens Baptist minister,
conducted the rites.
Born at Raleigh, Williams was reared at Emmett and Frost and was a
policeman in Corsicana during the oil boom, later entering the
produce business. He was a truck operator at the time of his death.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Williams, Athens, a son, J. D.
Williams, Athens, a sister [daughter], Mrs. Mary Jo Price, Corsicana; mother,
Mrs. Alice Williams, Corsicana; two brothers, Joe H. Williams,
Corsicana, and Charles Reno Williams, Fort Worth; three sisters,
Mrs. J. D. Skinner, and Mrs. W. C. Eatson
[Ellington], both of Corsicana, and
Mrs. R. J. Cox of Fort Worth; four grandchildren, and a number of
Pallbearers were P. B. Denis, W. F. Price, E. W. Braley, H. Tipton,
C. A. Patterson and Sam S. Skinner.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - December 15, 1948
- TXDI: James Spurgeon Williams; Henderson Co., Dec 14, 1948; 52827
Corsicana City Directory:
1926 - J. Spurgeon (Dollie) huckster h712 S 14th
1931 - J. Spurgeon (Dollie) h 712 S 14th
1936 - J. Spurgeon (Dollie) driver H 712 S14th
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