Willie James Williamson

Willie James Williamson, 83, of New York, died Jan. 23, 2009. Funeral service was held Jan. 29 at Parchester Funeral Home, Bronx, N.Y. with burial in the Maple Grove Park Cemetery, Hackensack, N. J.

Parchester Funeral Home of Bronx, N.Y. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Williamson was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Bryant and Ollie Williamson. He was married to the late Leevedar N. Williamson for over 60 years. He joined the Bethlehem Baptist Church of Barnwell at an early age.

Mr. Williamson served in the Navy and served his country for two years in World War II. He was a chef for the Seaboard Railway. He was employed with the Board of Education for over 40 years until his retirement in 1990. He organized and managed a gospel group, "The Boys of Wonder".

Mr. Williamson was predeceased by siblings, Herman, Barney, H.D., Georgia and Corrie; children, Eleanor and Jasper.

Survivors include two sons, Willie James (Patricia) Williamson Jr. of Tampa, Fla. and Bryant (Regina) Williamson of East Stroudsburg, Penn.; three daughters, Margia A. McToy and Cynthia Williamson of Bronx, N. Y. and Leevedar (Clay) Anderson of New City, N. Y.; one daughter-in-law, Joy Williamson of Bronx, N. Y.; three brothers, Lawyer B. (Evelyn) Williamson, Handy (Melanie) Williamson and Paul (Linda) Williams, all of Barnwell; five sisters, Kay F. Eubanks, Lena (Flemon) Buggs, Emily A. O'Stricker, Mary W. (Carl) Adams and Diane (Clyde) Myers, all of Barnwell; one uncle, Ernest Williams; two sisters-in-law, Louise Wall and Lisa Wall; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The People-Sentinel 02/04/09