William “Bill” Bryan Williamson, 82, passed peacefully and went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 7, 2019, at his home in Russellville. The son of Wood and Jewell Oma (Herrin) Williamson, he was born September 21, 1936, in Russellville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife of 59 years, Nell (Wells) Williamson, whom he married on June 12, 1960, in Paris, AR; a daughter, Sheri (Eddie) Shirley of Russellville; a son, Bryan Williamson of Omaha, AR; two grandsons, Joey (Hailey) Shirley and Braxton Shirley, both of Russellville; three granddaughters, Kara (Brant) Bauman of Italy; Lindsay and Kaylee Williamson, both of Omaha; and three great grandchildren, Elizabeth Bauman of Italy; and Azalea and Kai Moores of Russellville.
After graduating from Russellville High School in 1954, Bill attended Arkansas Polytechnic College and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, graduating in 1959 with a degree in Geology. He worked in the oil & gas industry for a brief period and then attended Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, TX, where he received a Master’s Degree in Education while teaching junior high math and science classes. He was an active member of Delview Baptist Church in San Antonio, teaching Junior High Boy’s classes and was chosen to serve the church as a deacon. Bill also served in the Arkansas National Guard and was activated during the peacekeeping mission at Little Rock’s Central High School.
The family returned to Russellville in 1970, where Bill owned and operated Taylor’s Flower Shop until retiring in 2003. Second Baptist became their church home and for more than 40 years, Bill served the church as deacon, as a trustee, and on many leadership committees and was considered by all the members as a true “pillar” of the church. A true student of the Word, Bill was passionate about teaching the Bible and did so for more than 60 years at every opportunity. He recognized and taught that the Word of God changes every person who opens their heart to its’ teaching.
While his greatest passions were church and family, he also loved hunting, building, woodworking and watching football. He was a beloved member of the Russellville community and will be missed by many who have been touched by his life over the years.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00AM, Thursday, July 11, 2019, at Humphrey Chapel. Brother Jonathan Whitlock will officiate. Burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park in Russellville by Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation is 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Wednesday, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to: Arkansas Baptist Children's Home & Family Ministries, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204. Internet obituary and on-line guest book are available at www.humphreyfuneral.com.
Arkansas Baptist Children's Home & Family Ministry
10 Remington Drive, Little Rock AR 72204