09/23/06 - NNHS Newsletter - Billy Williamson

William E. Williamson
(d. 19 Sept 2006)

Hampton High School Class of 1964 or 65

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   There is more sad news this morning.  Billy Williamson, brother of Howard Williamson (Hampton HS - '63) of VA, and brother-in-law of Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA passed away on Tuesday, September 19, 2006.   

  From Shirley Caudill Williamson ('65) of VA - 09/22/06 - "Brother-in-law":

Hey Carol,

It is a sad day for my husband and his family and myself that we had to bury his younger brother William E. (Billy) Williamson today. We were blessed to have him an extra 8 years thanks to the National Organ Transplant Organization. We had to take him off life support on Tuesday, Sept. 19th. 2006. I am sure that some of  us at NNHS remember him and his brother playing with the Stompers or another band at some of the dances at school. He also played with Slapwater! He went to Hampton High School and should have graduated in 64 or 65. I just wanted to Thank all of you that are organ donors and ask all others to please think about donating your organs to give other families a chance to be with their loved ones a few extra years.

Thank you,       
Shirley Williamson

   Oh, Shirley, I'm so sorry I wasn't paying attention and missed this in the Daily Press earlier this week.  Please accept both my condolences and apologies.


From The Daily Press - 09/21/06:

  William E. Williamson
      NEWPORT NEWS - William E. 'Billy' Williamson, 59, better known to his many friends as 'Dewey,' passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2006, surrounded by his family. A native of Whiteville, N.C., he had been a Peninsula resident most of his life. He was a retired brick mason and a member of Westhampton Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Kaye Zielsdorf and her husband, Mark, and their children, Kyler and Katlyn, of Shawnee, Kan., and Kimberly Marie Williamson of Hampton; his son, William E. Williamson Jr. of Nelsonville, Ohio; parents, William L. and Elizabeth L. Williamson of Hampton; two sisters, Janice W. Gary and husband, Ryan, of Hampton and Jeannie Lawson and husband, Douglas, of Newport News; brother, Howard L. Williamson and wife, Shirley, of Newport News; and eight nieces and nephews, Wendy Hall, Dianna Lawson, Lori Lawson, Thomas Shively, Donnie Shively, Greg Williamson, Kenneth Gary and Michael Gary. The family would like to express thanks to the Organ Transplant Fund, Dr. Lynne Stockman, MCV and Riverside Regional Medical Center for all their kindness. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the funeral home, officiated by the Rev. Danny Owens. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF), 150 N. Radnor Chester Road, Suite F-120, Radnor, PA 19087.

Published in the Daily Press from 9/20/2006 - 9/21/2006.
Guest Book

My thoughts are with you in this time of great sorrow.
Sandy Zielsdorf (Merriam, KS ) - September 20, 2006
My prayers are with you and the family. Billy and I played around each other for many years and together in The Stompers back in 1964. He will be missed. God bless.
Tommy Clark (Hampton, VA ) - September 20, 2006
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
Stephen Myles (Poquoson, VA ) - September 21, 2006
Billy- we just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you. we love you.

Jeff, Jennifer, McKenna and Megan Stull (Nelsonville, OH)
Jennifer Stull (Nelsonville, OH ) - September 21, 2006
Billy, you will be sadly missed. Thank you for giving me the best Christmas Gift that I ever had. I Love you, Pam

God Bless You
Pam Sullivan (Nelsonville, OH ) - September 21, 2006
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
Wayne Loar (Newport News, VA ) - September 21, 2006
My prayers are with you all, Billy was the sweetest and I will always love him and keep him in my heart
Byrlia Gay
Byrlia Long (Nakina, NC ) - September 21, 2006
Billy, you're in our thoughts and prayers. We love you and we're so very proud of you.
Tom, Sally & Rusty Leake (Nelsonville, OH ) - September 21, 2006
Billy - Our love, thoughts, and prayers are with your family. You will be greatly missed. Thanks for "Little Billy". Your "Ohio Family" Cheryl & Jerry, Joe & Keri, Cheri & Eric, & Sara
Higgins Family (Nelsonville, OH ) - September 21, 2006
Billy, Although there is little we can say when sorrow has touched your heart, please know our warmest thoughts are with you and your family. Love, Mark and Lisa
Mark and Lisa Fiorello (Nelsonville, OH ) - September 21, 2006
My prayers go out to the friends and family of Billy Williamson. Billy and I had spent some time together in recent months talking about his time playing with The Stompers and the local music scene back in the mid 1960's. I'll cherish the stories and pass them on my friend. Love and many blessings, Tom Hudgins
Tom Hudgins (Newport News, VA ) - September 22, 2006  
Talented, fun loving and a beautiful sincere smile is what I always think of when I think of Billy. I am honored to have known him and send my heartfelt and sincere condolences to each and every one in his family. May Billy rest in peace and watch over and protect you all as an angel from heaven above.
Glenda Williamson (Hampton, VA ) - September 22, 2006  
I will miss you like a brother and wish you were still here with us. I know that you are in a far better place than we are and that you have no more pain. We love you Billy, Shirley Williamson
Shirley Williamson (Newport News, VA) - September 22, 2006  
All my sympathy to the Williamson family. The memories from my childhood with Billy are too numerous to mention. Most of them involved guitars. Billy I know you have gone to a better place where you are well and comfortable. The photo of you in my living room serves as a reminder of our friendship and adventures.
Bill Gardner (Martinsville, VA ) - September 23, 2006  

   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Billy's family and friends, especially Howard and Shirley, at this difficult time.

   Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol


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