Williams practically worked for free, she added, only receiving the small stipend of a board member but never limiting his time for them.
"He will be greatly missed," said Wallace.
Longtime friend and current school board Chairman Jim Kelley knew Williams both as a reliable friend and trustworthy adviser.
"A lot of people thought a lot of Jimmy," said Kelley.
"I've always considered him a friend and just an overall good guy and a very intelligent person," Kelley said.
Williams also had been a member of Rankin, Baker and Williams law firm, director of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau and was currently Lincoln County domestic relations commissioner and counsel for Stanford Water Department, Cumberland Security Bank and PBK Bank as well as the school board.
Born Dec. 16, 1950, in Danville, he was the son of the late Josephine Bodner and James W. Williams II. He also was a farmer and a Methodist.
He was a 1968 graduate of Stanford High School, a graduate of University of Kentucky and University of Louisville College of Law, and was admitted to the bar in 1976.
He was a member of Lincoln County Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Council of School Board Attorneys, Lincoln County Cattlemen's Association, Lincoln County Fair Board, and a leader in the Republican party.
Survivors include three sisters, Barbara Wright and Cindy Williams, both of Louisville, and Lynda Clossen of Stanford.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Harris Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Webb and Jerry Beck. Burial will be in Buffalo Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Fox Funeral Home.
Memorials may go to the American Cancer Society or Lincoln County Educational Fund.