Billy Marion Williamson, the son of the late Roy Harry and Minnie Lee Crutcher Williamson, was born in Essex on July 1, 1922, and died at the Missouri Delta Medical Center in Sikeston on Monday, April 11, 2005, at the age of 82.
Mr. Williamson had been a resident of Essex all his life and graduated from Essex High School in 1941. He attended the Assembly of God Church. He had been a spray pilot, a farmer, then worked for the Missouri Department of Revenue in the Tax Division. He later served as Stoddard County Public Administrator. He served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Paratroopers for three years during World War II and was a sergeant. He served in Rome-Arno, Normandy, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. He was awarded five bronze stars, two purple hearts and a good conduct medal.
On May 28, 1943, he was married to Wilma Ruth Dunn in Richmond, Va.
Surviving are two sons, Mark Williamson of Gonzales, La., and Billy Dean Williamson of Essex; two daughters, Sharon Lee Platipodis of St. Louis and Vicki Jo Dobson of Cape Girardeau; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Estel Williamson of Essex; one sister, Pat Quattlebaum of Cleburne, Texas.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; one brother, Harry Glenn Williamson, Sr. on Sept. 24, 2001; and one sister, Margy Dopps in 2002.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2005, at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 14, 2005, in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter with Rev. Doyle Corlew of Dexter officiating.
Interment will follow in the Essex Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Stoddard County Veterans Honor Team.
Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter is in charge of arrangements.