Services held for former Columbus Councilman "Billy" James

By The Associated Press

COLUMBUS – Funeral services were held Saturday for former Columbus city councilman William “Billy” James.

The Commercial Dispatch reports James died at his home Wednesday. He was 81 years old.

James, a lifelong resident of Columbus, was elected to the Ward 3 post in February 2001 and he served through July 2005.

Mayor Robert Smith, who served with James on the council, used the words “lively” and “charismatic” to describe him. Smith told the council and city officials at Wednesday’s council meeting of James’ death.

Ward 4 Councilman Fred Stewart says James was a friendly, funny guy who “kept you laughing.” Stewart says James will be missed