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Obituary for Mr. John W. Williamson Sr.

Col. John Wilson Williamson, Sr. U. S. Air Force Retired, 84, of Ridgewood Drive, Hartwell, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2016 at St. Mary’s Health Care System, Athens.

Born on June 18, 1932 in Florence, SC he was the son of the late Robert Edward Williamson and Olga Nadine Rush Williamson. Mr. Williamson received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and received his Master’s degree in Communications from George Washington University. Mr. Williamson retired in 1979 as a Colonel after 23 years of service with the US Air Force. During his service to his country, he flew the first reconnaissance missions during the Cuban Missile crisis aboard B66 Bombers out of Shaw Air Force Base and was a Vietnam War veteran. Mr. Williamson was an avid pilot and owned numerous planes during his love of flying. He was an entrepreneur in Cable TV and Restaurants industries and consulted a number of companies. Mr. Williamson was a member and past-president of MOAA, member of the VFV and the Hartwell American Legion Post 109. He also had served on the Hart County DFACS board, Hart-Franklin Airport Authority and supporting literacy in Hart County. Mr. Williamson was a member of the St. Andrews Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife: Grace Taylor Williamson; one son: John Williamson, Jr. and his wife Kathie of Hartwell; one daughter: Paula Church and her husband Samuel of Greenville, SC; one sister: Margaret Beth Williamson of Greenville, SC; four grandchildren: Emma Church Loyal and Christopher, Taylor Church, Johnny Williamson III, Daisy Church and two step-grandchildren: Christopher Green, Leslie Solorzano.

Memorial services will be Thursday, August 18, 2015, 2:00 pm at the St. Andrews Episcopal Church with The Rev. Susan Hardaway with officiating. Full military honors will be held in the St. Andrews Memorial Garden. A reception in the church parish hall will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 579 Fairview Ave, Hartwell GA 30643 or to the Hart County Literacy Council, 110 Benson Street, Hartwell GA 30643