Bill Williamson

Obituary
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William Joseph Bill Williamson William Joseph Bill Williamson, 89, died peacefully at home August 2, 2014. He was born June 4, 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Albert and Helen Minchener Williamson. A Buckhead Boy, Bill grew up in Atlanta where he graduated from East Rivers High School. He attended Georgia Tech University and the University of California at Los Angeles. During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps where he achieved the rank of 1st Lt. and trained to be a navigator on the B-24 Liberator. His first introduction to Topeka and Kansas was when he was stationed at the Topeka Army Airfield (Forbes). He later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. A cotton broker for Anderson, Clayton and Company (ACCO), he worked in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Scottsdale, Az. He returned to Topeka to marry the love of his life, Rosemary Harding Waddell on Nov. 15, 1985. Together they became familiar faces at community and social events. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Cathedral and Topeka Country Club, and a supporter of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, Let's Help, Helping Hands Humane Society, Mulvane Art Museum, Washburn University Foundation, Topeka Community Foundation, ArtsConnect, Friends of KTWU, Southern Poverty Law Center, League of Women Voters and the Shawnee County Historical Society. He enjoyed golf, reading, college football, movies, travel, the stock market and Peanuts by Charles Schulz. He and Rosemary visited Venice, Rome, London, Hawaii, Paris, New York City, Florida, California, Bermuda and the Bahamas; sailed on the QEII, flew on the Concorde, and saw Frank Sinatra. He was the epitome of a Southern Gentleman, hated cold weather and was passionate about Georgia Tech football. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Bobby. He is survived by his beloved Rosemary and stepdaughters Carol McDowell (John Bottenberg), Margaret Carkhuff (Tim), both of Topeka, and Mary Apt (Chuck), Iola; grandchildren Sarah Carkhuff Fizell (Jason), Emily Carkhuff, Maggie Apt Dickerson (Kerry), Capt. Tyner Apt Morales, USAF (Myles), Charles H. Apt IV, Jeff Bottenberg and Jenni Brown (Chris); and great-grandchildren Tyler Stock, Alec Stock, Joshua Stock, Mark Dickerson, Astra Fizell, Rory Bottenberg, Geneva Fizell and Luke Dickerson; and second cousins, Sanford Drew, Ernest and Helen Matthews, all of Atlanta, Ga. Funeral services with military honors will be 10 a.m. Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Grace Episcopal Cathedral. Inurnment will be on a future date. Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Grace Episcopal Cathedral, 701 SW 8th St., Topeka 66603; Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, AL 36104; or the Rosemary Harding Williamson and Family Scholarship Fund, Washburn University Foundation, 1729 SW MacVicar, Topeka 66604. Bill Williamson


Funeral Home
Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory
1321 SW 10th Ave Topeka, KS 66604
(785) 354-8558
Funeral Home Details
Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Aug. 3 to Aug. 6, 2014
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