Thursday, January 1, 2004

James Williams' pastry showed artistry



By Rebecca Goodman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

AVONDALE - James B. Williams was a self-taught artist who drew remarkable likenesses of his children and grandchildren from memory.

His portraits of nurses and of other residents of Glencare Center - where he was a much-loved resident - covered the walls of his room.

Mr. Williams, 68, died Christmas Day at Jewish Hospital.

He was born in Round Pond, Ark., in 1935. In 1955, his family moved to Cincinnati, where Mr. Williams took a job as an assistant pastry chef at the Netherland Plaza.

For the next 10 years he found pastry making a way to combine his love of art and creativity with his work. He also made art sculptures for holidays and special occasions.

Mr. Williams went on to become the pastry chef for the Delta Queen, where cruise guests were so impressed by his work that they sought him out when they returned to land.

Around 1970, Mr. Williams went to work for Kenner Toys, remaining there until his retirement 18 years later.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah D. Quinones-Stewart of Cincinnati and Carolyn Bradshaw of New Kensington, Pa.; a son, Andre Oliver of Portland, Ore.; and 12 grandchildren.

Visitation is 11 a.m. Friday, followed by a service at noon at Joseph Garr Funeral Home, 830 Findlay St. Burial will be at Walnut Hills Cemetery.

E-mail rgoodman@enquirer.com




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