James "Wimpy" M. Williamson, 80, of Park Avenue, Woolrich, went to his heavenly home on June 10, 2012. He died at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center after a brave battle with cancer.
Born July 26, 1931, he was the son of the late Bruce R. Williamson Sr. and Hazel Stevenson Williamson.
He graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1951. Prior to graduating, he was a lightweight wrestler and a member of the football team. As a young man, he also enjoyed many other sports including tennis, skiing and ice skating at the Woolrich Reservoir.
James M. Williamson
He was a member of the PA National Guards of Lock Haven and was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran, during which time he served his country state-side.
He was married to the former Metta Bickel and together they shared more than 60 years of marriage. They were both members of the Woolrich Community Church.
He worked at Woolrich Woolen Mills for 19 years. He was then employed by Branch Motor Express in Milton, and later Hammermill Paper in Lock Haven. He retired from Hammermill in 1996. After retirement, he drove school bus for Keystone Central School District from 1997-2010.
Wimp and Metta enjoyed raising their four children: Randy Williamson of Lewisburg, Rodney Williamson of Woolrich, Mala (John) Moore of Loganton and Dana (Tim) Boardman of Woolrich. They also had the pleasure of watching eight grandsons, four granddaughters and twelve great-grandchildren grow.
He is survived by a brother, Bruce (Eileen) Williamson Jr. of Ozark, Ala.; and two sisters, Jean Henry (Charles Welshans) of Clio, Ala., and Nancy Karichner (Robert Walker) of Woolrich; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. In additional to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Helen "Betty" Eggler, one niece and one nephew.
He will be remembered as a very caring husband, father and "Guy" to his grandchildren, as well as a good provider and very outgoing individual to friends and acquaintances.
Friends will be received from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Helt Funeral Chapel, 232 Hogan Blvd., Mill Hall, with memorial services to follow. Pastor Cathy Dawes will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Susquehanna Health Cancer Center, 1100 Grampian Blvd., Williamsport, PA 17701.
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