Yanceyville, NC - .: William “Roger” Williamson, 80, of Yanceyville, North Carolina departed this life on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at his home.
Roger, as he was known by many was born in Caswell County on November 15, 1940 to the late Annie Mabel Williamson Miles and the late James Albert Williamson. His wife of 56 years, Beatrice Almeda Blackwell Williamson preceded him in death.
Roger received his education from the Caswell County public school system. After graduating from high school, he married his sweetheart who was lovingly known as Bea and moved to Washington, D.C. and started their careers and family. Through their union they had two children and he later surrendered his life to Christ as a young adult.
Roger excelled at many professions and was often referred to as a jack of trades and master of many. He strived for accuracy and was particular about his work. His knowledge was admirable, and he shared with many. Sometimes you were given advice even if you didn’t ask. He had a keen eye for details and continued to learn something new throughout his life. Over the years, he owned and operated an ice cream truck, was a taxicab driver, graduated from Lincoln Technical Institute with a certificate in Automotive Technology, worked as a mechanic, was a carpenter, owned and operated a dump truck, and retired from EPES Transport System, Inc. after 19 years of service as a long distance tractor trailer driver.
He was very fond of his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He took advantage of every opportunity to have a teachable moment with them. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, laughing, and having meals together during gatherings. Roger became known as the “Supervisor” because he was sure to provide detailed assistance when cooking, driving, whether it was giving directions in the car or the wheelchair, and the do’s and don’ts of gardening. He was a wealth of knowledge readily accessible and many of us had the opportunity to take advantage of his time. He vigilantly fought to live and departed after leaving specific instructions with his family, again sharing his wisdom. His faith carried him through this life and finally the “driver” could finally give up the wheel to be guided to his final destination.
Left to cherish his memories are his son Donald R. Williamson (Trinette) of Bladensburg, MD, daughter, Benita W. Graves of Blanch, NC; three grandchildren, Rodney Williamson of Clinton, MD, Trey Graves (Kimberly) of Clayton, NC, Morgan Graves of Blanch, NC; two great grandchildren, Khloe Graves and Ava Graves; five sisters, Dolly Miles of Bladensburg, MD, Linda Miles of Clinton, MD, Lorraine M. Slade (Fred) of Charlotte, NC, Hilda Graves of Greensboro, NC, Lula Miles of Pelham, NC, two brothers, Timothy Miles (Shirley) of Pelham, NC, Perry Williamson (LaToya) of Charlotte, NC; one brother-in-law, Langston Blackwell of Brooklyn, NY, three sister-in-laws, Gladys Millner of Pelham, NC, Mildred Findlay of Yanceyville, NC, and Richetta Stephens (Harold) of Danville, VA. Preceded him in death are two brothers, Curtis Miles and Darence “Donnie” Miles, one sister-in-law, Florence McGraw (Herbert); a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and one very good friend that he could count on at any time, Timmy George of Blanch, NC.
His diligent and compassionate sister, Lorraine Slade stayed with him during the last month and a half and cared for his every need. She was truly heaven sent his way and was also with him as he departed.
Due to the constraints of public gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak a viewing will be Sunday, March 21, 2021 from 2 to 7 p. m. in the Juanita S. Fulton Memorial Chapel of Fulton-Walton Funeral Home with a limit of 10 people at a time.
(Per CDC Guidelines: Facial Masks are required).
Graveside services will be Monday, March 22 , 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Yanceyville Municipal Cemetery, Yanceyville, North Carolina.
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