Edward L. Williamson

Born: Wed., Jun. 6, 1923
Died: Sun., Feb. 10, 2013

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Thu., Feb. 14, 2013
Location: Whiteville United Methodist Church

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                                Mr. Edward L. Williamson
Edward L. Williamson of Whiteville (and formerly of North Myrtle Beach) died on Sunday, February 10, 2013 in Columbus Regional Healthcare. He was born on June 6,1923 in Cerro Gordo, the son of the late C.E. Williamson, Sr. and Lillie McLelland Williamson. He was formerly married to the late Sara Benton Williamson and the lateGrace Edwards Williamson. 
Ed grew up in Cerro Gordo as one of nine children, all of whom predeceased him. He attended undergraduate school at Wake Forest College where his education was 
interrupted for a period of three years when he served with distinction in the U.S. Navy 
in WWII. He returned to Wake and received his B.S. Degree in 1947 and later began his 
legal education at Duke University Law School. As a Lt. Commander of the U.S. Naval Reserve, he was called into active service during the Korean War after his second year 
in law school. After two years of service, he returned to Duke and graduated in 1953. He then returned to Columbus County to start what would become a distinguished legal 
He started out as a partner with the late J. Bruce Eure in Chadbourn and in 1956 opened a solo practice in Whiteville. In 1963, a partnership with Benton H. Walton, III was formed which has since grown into the law firm of Williamson, Walton & Scott, LLP,which includes Mr. Williamson's nephew, Greg Williamson, his son, Carlton, and C. Martin Scott II. 
Mr. Williamson served as attorney for the Columbus County Schools, the City of Whiteville and general counsel for Southeastern Community College for over two decades. In 1995 he was inducted into the N.C. Bar Association General Practice Hall of Fame and in 2003 was recognized by the N.C. State Bar as a fifty year practicing attorney. 
In 1959, Mr. Williamson served in the N.C. General Assembly as a member of theHouse of Representatives. In 1968, he served as a delegate from N.C. to theDemocratic National Convention in Chicago. He was an active member of the Whiteville United Methodist Church (WUMC), served on the board of trustees of Pembroke StateUniversity (now UNC-P) and was past president of the Chadbourn Rotary Club. He helped organize and served on the boards of Columbus National Bank (now PNC Bank through merger) and First Investors Savings & Loan (now First Citizens Bank through merger). 
Despite his active law practice, Ed always found time for a friendly and spirited round of golf. Whether it was at the Surf Club in North Myrtle Beach, High Meadows CC inRoaring Gap, the Carolina CC in Raleigh, the Whiteville CC, or anywhere the NC Seniors Golf Assoc. was holding a tournament, he had a passion for the game. He was a proud, founding partner of Beachwood Golf Club in North Myrtle Beach in 1968. 
He is survived by two sons, Edward L. (Ren) Williamson, Jr. and wife, Christina of Wilmington, Carlton F. Williamson and wife, Anne of Whiteville; stepdaughter, Lucilla E. Hudson and husband, John of Burleson, TX; five grandchildren, Alice C. Williamson ofPortland, OR, Van Williamson and wife, Emily of Winston-Salem, Christina Williamson of Atlanta, GA, Emily J. Williamson of Gainesville, FL, and Forrest Williamson of Mt. Pleasant, SC. 
Mr. Williamson's service will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Whiteville United Methodist Church by Rev. Paul Stallsworth. The family will greet friends afterwards in the church fellowship hall. A private burial will be in the Whiteville Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be made in Ed's name to the WUMC or the charity of the donor's choice.
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Wesley and Doris Caines
   Posted Sun February 10, 2013
Carlton and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

Kathon Ramey
   Posted Mon February 11, 2013
We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time.
Kyle and Kathon Ramey

Rex Gore
   Posted Mon February 11, 2013
I empathize with you over the loss of your father. I know he must have been the kind of man that you were proud to call "father." I say that because I know he exemplified in his professional life the qualities that make a real "lawyer" -- strength of conviction, concern for his clients, a community leader, a mentor, and a commitment to seeing that justice was upheld and never perverted by the powerful, influential, or those who trample over the rights of others. His passing is a loss to us all who knew him and his contemporaries. As you grieve, take time to rejoice in his living and the gift of his companionship in your life. I still do that as I remember my father. Our prayers are with you.

Rex Gore

Charles Icard
   Posted Mon February 11, 2013
Carlton what a full life your dad lived. He is certainly part of the greatest generation in many ways. He will be remembered for his integrity, the honesty of his convictions
and the wonderful family he leaves behind. My dad told me a long time ago what a good man your dad was.
I'm proud to have known him and will be forever grateful for his sacrifice so that I can be free.
My best to you and and all your family.
Charles Icard

Kathryn and Kirk Clark
   Posted Mon February 11, 2013
Calton, Kathryn and I heard of your dads passing late this afternoon. He was a fine gentleman and we know he will be missed greatly. We hold you, Ann and the children in our thoughts and prayer during this difficult time. peace be with you all

Carol Caldwell
   Posted Mon February 11, 2013
I heard of your father's passing this afternoon and I want you to know that I am deeply sorry. I shall keep you and your family in my prayers.

Mitchell Saunders Brown
   Posted Tue February 12, 2013
Carlton and Wren,

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I knew your father and your mother from early childhood and I always had great respect for them even when I was a little girl. Your father was a man to look up to and admire. His gentle spirit was always present wherever he was.

gary grady
   Posted Tue February 12, 2013

All of us have lost a good friend who served as a great example of the type of lawyer we should all aspire to be. He taught us all a lot about professionalism, and helped us understand that we can vigorously advocate for our clients, but still be curteous. We will all miss him. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

Amon Mckenzie
   Posted Wed February 13, 2013
To the williamson family, would like to express our condolences to you in
your loss, Ed was a wonderful person and I know that he will be missed
our prayers will be with you now and in the future, keep looking up.

Ila Penny
   Posted Wed February 13, 2013
So sorry to learn of Ed's death. Ed was always very polite, friendly and never gave any indication of anger or ill will. He always had time to speak to whomever acknowledged him. To know him was to love him and I know he will be missed. I for one will miss seeing him and Carlton at Dale's. My prayers go out to the family.

michelle,Heather,Charlton,and Victoria Williamson family of Stephen Williamson
   Posted Wed February 13, 2013
Carlton,our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family we always enjoyed speaking with uncle Ed.He was such a wonderful person.He will be greatly missed.

Seth Martin
   Posted Wed February 13, 2013
Carlton and Ren,

I read about Ed's passing in the Star News on Monday. I just want to tell you guys and the rest of your family how sorry that I am to hear about this. I last spoke to Ed, maybe a couple years ago when I was in Whiteville and saw him on the street near your office. It was always great to see him and talk to him about old times in Whiteville. I know that my mother surely welcomed him into Heaven. They were certainly great friends and all of us that attended the Methodist Church for many years.
I remember Carlton, when my mother passed away in 2003, you were a great help to me in settling her estate, and your Dad was also. I remember your Dad doing her Will and never charged a cent. Again, please accept my deepesst sympathy in your loss.

Suzanne Mellow-Irwin
   Posted Wed February 13, 2013
Eternal rest to a very dear friend of High Meadows community. It was a pleasure to know Ed and Grace as they enjoyed their beautiful home in Alleghany County. I know it has been many years now since Ed was here but I shall always remembr his gracious smile and enduring personality.
Peace and fond remembrances. Suzanne Mellow-Irwin

Jeanette Suggs
   Posted Thu February 14, 2013
So sad to learn of your father passing but would like to share my experiences with your father as a young girl on her first job in the Columbus Co. Court system in 1970. He was always helpful, giving of his time to encourage and I always felt better after a talking with him. A true professional leader in all contacts BUT a very kind gentleman. He continued to share his smiles and kind words to all in the system. He was known as a wise man and viewed as a cut above many in his profession because he was honest and fair to those that worked with him and those he represented. He will be missed by many.

Kay Nofsinger
   Posted Fri February 15, 2013
So sorry for the loss of your father. I will miss seeing the two of you, Carlton at Dale's during lunch.

Karen Ripple Lancaster
   Posted Mon February 18, 2013
Ren and Carlton,
Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of your families during this time. So sorry to hear about your Dad. He will be surely missed in the community. We should be comforted to know that our parents are "together" and enjoying the togetherness that they all used to enjoy so much. I have such fond memories of your Mom and Dad! Love, Karen Ripple Lancaster

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