Left to Right: Charles Yonker, David Milligan,
James Williams of Mt. Ephraim was recognized last week by the Valley of Cambridge Scottish Rite for many years of service to the organization and community. He was presented with a certificate thanking him for his service by Executive Chairman of the Valley of Cambridge Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, David A. Ellwood.
Williams was honored in a ceremony held at Alter Care Summit Acres last week, in which The Valley of Cambridge Scottish Rite named the Fall 2006 Reunion Class after Williams, calling him “. . . one of our most active, distinguished, dedicated and honored Masons.”
Williams was born October 16, 1937 in Mt. Ephraim, the son of Reese H. and Mary Edith (Cartwright) Williams. He attended public schools in Noble County, graduating from Sarahsville High School. He was employed by the Imperial Clevite Corporation as a toolmaker, and retired from that position. He is a member of the United Steelworkers of America and the National Geographic Society.
He is also a member of Mt. Ephraim United Methodist Church, where he has served as Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Class Teacher, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Chairman of the Administrative Board and Lay Leader.
He has been a member of the Ohio National Guard, and has been extremely active in the Boy Scouts of America, both at the local and district levels. He has been repeatedly honored by the Boy Scouts, notably with the Award of Merit for distinguished service, and with the Silver Beaver award, a coveted recognition by long-time Scouters.
Williams is a member of Olive Lodge No. 210 in Mt. Ephraim, where he has served more than once as Worshipful Master, and for many years as lodge secretary. He served the Grand Lodge of Ohio as a District Educational Officer for the 18th Masonic District, and as District Deputy Grand Master. He is a member of the York Rite Bodies, having served as High Priest of Chapter, and Illustrious Master of Council. He joined the Valley of Cambridge with the spring class of 1967 and became active in the degree work and valley activities. He has served on many committees, most recently as Chairman of the Executive Committee.
In 1986 William was awarded his 33rd Degree by the organization for his outstanding service to Masonry and Community. He has truly served his community in an exemplary manner all his life.