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In Memory of

David Eugene Williamson

June 30, 1941 - May 18, 2017

Obituary


WILLIAMSON, David Eugene, 75, of Richmond, left us to join the Good Lord on May 18, 2017. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Raymond L. and Ida V. Williamson; and his sisters, Mary Ellen Burley and Viola Mae Hyman. Dave's older brother, Raymond L. Williamson Jr. (Jona Ra) also passed away the same day in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Family envision both brothers as now whole again and reunited for Eternity, proudly marching with their trumpets down those Golden Streets in Heaven. Dave is survived by his wife, Jean Morris Williamson; son,...

WILLIAMSON, David Eugene, 75, of Richmond, left us to join the Good Lord on May 18, 2017. Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Raymond L. and Ida V. Williamson; and his sisters, Mary Ellen Burley and Viola Mae Hyman. Dave's older brother, Raymond L. Williamson Jr. (Jona Ra) also passed away the same day in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Family envision both brothers as now whole again and reunited for Eternity, proudly marching with their trumpets down those Golden Streets in Heaven. Dave is survived by his wife, Jean Morris Williamson; son, David E. Williamson Jr.; and daughter, Joanna "Jolie" W. Hathaway. Jolie's son Hayden, Dave's beloved grandson, is pictured here with his Parpy on May 10, just four days before his grandfather's stroke. Dave's sister, Sarah "Sis" Liggan and husband, Joseph "Doodle," survive him as well as his brother-in-law, John Hyman of Maine. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews. Dave graduated from John Marshall High School ('60), attended U of R for four years, served six years in the National Guard ('64-'70) and graduated from MCV School of Pharmacy ('69). He practiced full time until late '73 when the home building company he co-founded, Dunnavant & Williamson, started booming and demanded his full-time involvement. From '73 through '85 they built over 500 homes. One home he built was for his oldest sister, Mary Ellen and her husband, Walter, on a wooded plot of family land. Dave was born into a musical family the youngest of five. At age six he began playing trumpet and at 13 was leading a band of his peers, the Junior Debonaires. At JMHS he played trumpet in the band. During high school, college and beyond he was a member of several Rock 'N Roll bands, best known as The Grandeurs, The Yeomen and The Dynamic Deadbeats. For many years he was a reserve member of the Shrine Band. Upon his retirement in 2011 he was finally able to join old friends in the JMHS Cadet Alumni Band, who regularly make public performances throughout Richmond. At 21 he joined the Masons, advancing on to Scottish Rite and ACCA Temple for more than 50 years. He was also a Rotary member and sponsored four foreign exchange students. In retirement he enjoyed volunteering with Jean for St. Paul's downtown community outreach and luncheon programs. To keep current in his profession while working full-time in home building, he continued to work most Saturdays for an independent drug store. In '86 Dave went back into pharmacy full-time. He continued part-time building, buying and selling real estate. He had a kind and caring way with old and young alike. For this precious final picture May 10, Dave urged Hayden to go get his Uncle David to come take a picture of the two of them together. The next day in a particularly prescient moment Dave giddily thanked David, adding "Now aren't you glad I had you take that picture of Hayden and me yesterday? That one will be for the paper." And so here it is as today's lasting tribute. For 14 years he led family journeys to Schoodic Lake in Maine, twice each summer to the lakeside family cottage that his mother-in-law, Joanna Morris, purchased for her two daughter's families to experience life as she knew it on beautiful Schoodic Lake overlooking Mt. Katahdin. During those three to four weeks spent annually in Maine, Dave loved leisurely paddling the canoe along the shoreline, often with family members or the dog aboard, grilling out, teaching the kids to water ski and driving the boat around the lake. He became licensed to practice pharmacy in Maine and always worked a few days each summer while there with family. There will be a memorial service held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 30, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 815 E. Grace St., followed by a Celebration of Life reception in Scott Hall, featuring a live performance in his memory by the JMHS Cadet Alumni Band. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Stroke Association or the JMHS Cadet Alumni Band. Online condolences can be registered at www.nelsencares.com.