James deLemos WilliamsonJames died Friday, January 11, 2013 in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. He was born in Raleigh, NC on March 29, 1944 to Carl Levering Williamson, Jr. and Dulce deLemos Williamson. James graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1962, NC State University in 1968, and entered the US Army
in 1969 as a Private; became a First Lieutenant serving in the Signal Corps in Viet Nam; and was awarded the Bronze Star
for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in 1970. He moved to Beaufort in 1974 with United Telephone (later Sprint) holding various positions until his retirement as a communications consultant in 1996. James was one of the first members of the Sea Island Rotary, chaperoned a Rotary trip to Brazil, his mother's home, and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was past president of the Beaufort County United Way; past secretary of the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation; past-chairman of the Beaufort Marine Institute; past member of the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce; and, closest to his heart, the 1981 Commodore of the Beaufort Water Festival. As Commodore, James had the Water Festival logo designed; began the tradition of red pants as the signature uniform for the commodores; and instituted the Water Festival t-shirts as a yearly collectible. He was an avid golfer winning the Heart Fund Golf Tournament in the mid-80s; a croquet enthusiast and a bridge player of some renown. James had a great wit and a wonderful sense of humor. James is survived by his wife, Jeanne-Greene; his stepchildren: Deborah Kearney Drumheller (Brian); Martha Elizabeth Kearney; Michael Vereen Edge, Jr.; and grandchildren: Kathryn Elizabeth Drumheller and John Michael Drumheller; his cousin Bibi Tucker Harrison (Neal); his many Williamson cousins in Raleigh, NC and Washington, DC; and his large Brazilian family in South America. Graveside services will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 2 P.M. in Beaufort National Cemetery with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Association of the Low Country, 347 Sea Island Parkway, Beaufort, SC or a
. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.