Jimmie “JD” Williamson, 78, of Douglass, passed away Saturday evening, Aug. 24, 2019, at his home.
Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 at Miles Funeral Service in Winfield. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. A visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2 at the funeral home. The family will greet friends during that time.
Memorials have been established in JD’s name for the American Lung Association and for Interim Healthcare Hospice. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Online condolences can be made at www.milesfuneralservice.com.
Born May 13, 1941, in Coffeyville, he was the son of Arlie and Thelma Grace (Bair) Williamson. He was raised in Canton and Rock, and received his education in Green Valley, Rock and Winfield. JD was a member of FFA while in high school and graduated from Winfield High School in 1959. As a young man, JD worked in the hay fields and for several area farmers. He spent the summers staying with his grandfather, LaVerne Bair.
JD was united in marriage to Thelma Lanier on May 9, 1959, at the Atlanta Christian Church. The couple made their first home in Rock before moving to Douglass. JD worked for Stelbar Oil Corporation, Stelbar Ranch and Beech Aircraft. He worked as a herdsman for Stelbar Ranch, birthing baby calves and taking care of cattle. That seemed to be his favorite job. His two sons were raised on the ranch. While his sons were in 4-H, he was an active leader and later remained a 4-H helper with local families. He then began his career at Sherwood Construction, where he drove trucks, moving heavy equipment until his retirement in March of 2004.
Before his health deteriorated in 2010, he was an active fisherman and hunter and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. In his younger years, JD enjoyed raccoon hunting with friends and his favorite dogs, Shoal Creek Dottie, Old Joe, Cotton and Bud. His favorite lakes were Winfield Lake, Council Grove Lake and the Marion Reservoir. The family held numerous reunions, which included boating and fishing, at both Marion Reservoir and Council Grove Lake. Jimmie suffered with COPD for the last few years. He did not want friends or family to see him in that deteriorated condition.
In addition to his parents, JD was preceded in death by a son, Michael Williamson; a brother, Arlie Williamson Jr.; and two brothers-in-law, Orville Lanier and Robert Folsom.
His family includes his wife Thelma, of Douglass; his sons, Ronald Williamson and wife, Sandy, of Douglass, and Danny Williamson, of Tampa; his sister, Arlene Lanier and husband, Lester, of Douglass; his sisters-in-law, Gertrude Lanier, of Edgerton, Mo., and Doris Folsom, of Harrisonville, Mo.; his grandchildren, Heath Williamson and wife, Bethany, Hayley Patten and husband, Austin, Heidi Williams and husband, Randahl, Hannah Richardson and husband, Daniel, and Hunter Williamson and wife, Angel; his great-grandchildren, Kendal and Clayton Williamson, William and Emma Patten, Abby and Logan Richardson, and Jane Williamson; special friend, David Mueller; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.