Peter James Williams of Riverback Farm in Rochelle, Va, Oaklawn Street in Culpeper, Va and the Moorings boat dock in Kinsale, Va. died August 5, 2014 from complications of a heart attack.
He is survived by his loving wife Julia Hodges Williams, his daughter Samantha Williams Pullen and her husband Mark; his step- daughter Laura Hennessey and her husband David and their son Garrett; step-son Edward Thomas and his son Dylan. He is also survived by his sister Pam Cady and her husband Don and their three children, Kelly, Jeffery and Matthew and their children.
Peter grew up in Pleasant Valley, New York where he was very active in all aspects of the family farm with his parents, Jim and Marjorie Williams and his sister Pam. He was active in FFA and 4-H while growing up. He went to the University of Connecticut in 1958 and graduated from there in 1962 with a BS in Agriculture. He received his Masters degree in Animal Industry from Penn State in 1965. While there he worked for a meat company and got a job with the Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC as a meat inspector after graduation. He moved to Warrenton, VA while working in DC. In 1974 he quit his job in DC and started his own barn building business with only $.27 in his pocket. PJ Williams, Co., Inc., became a highly respected and successful business known for working closely with its clients.
For the last twenty years Peter and Julia spent their time in the Northern Neck. They spent years restoring their boat â??Pentimentoâ? in Kinsale, Va. He and Julia spent many memorable hours sitting on the bow of the boat anticipating the nightâ??s meal of freshly caught crabs and fish.
A consummate family man, he will be missed by all for his strength of character and dry sense of humor.
A memorial service is planned for 3 pm, Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Hoover Ridge Park next to Madison Primary School. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Grymes Memorial School, www.grymesschool.org or the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarrriorproject.org