Betty Bookman

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DURHAM - Betty P. Williamson Bookman passed away July 4, 2013, at home after a courageous seven year battle with ovarian cancer.

She was born Aug. 15, 1936, in Verona, (Onslow County) to the late Elmon James and Eva H. Pollard. Betty graduated from Dixon High School in 1954, and married Robert Lee Williamson of Durham, Aug. 11, 1957. Following Robert's death on July 10, 1999, she married Paul K. Bookman Sr. March 5, 2005.

Betty retired from the Private Diagnostic Clinic at Duke Medical Center after 41 1/2 years of service, and at the time, held the position of Manager of the PDC payroll. She was a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church for 40 years and served as Sunday School Secretary for 25 years before health problems forced her to retire from church service.

Betty is survived by her husband, Paul K. Bookman Sr.; her children, Lisa W. Phillips of Timberlake, Robert Lee Williamson Jr. and wife, Betty of Durham, and Ashley James Williamson and wife, Sonya of Troy; her grandchildren, Tonja (husband, Jed) Womble, Brandi Bullock (husband, Justin), Robert Phillips, Stephen Phillips, Adam Williamson, Mason Williamson, and Jane Cameron Williamson; great-grandchildren, Jace and Kale Womble; a sister, Helen Turner (husband, Leo) of Jacksonville; a brother, Troy Pollard and (wife, Patricia) of Charlotte; a stepbrother, Andrew Garner of Rockwell; stepchildren, Paul Kent Bookman Jr. (wife, Kimberly) of Franklin Co., Elizabeth Jean Aquino (husband, Joe) of Houston, Texas, Deanna Lynn Barrett (husband, Tony) of Rougemont; stepgrandchildren, Matthew, Michael, and Elissa Aquino, Kirsten Bookman and Chelsea Barrett. In addition to her first husband, Robert, Betty was pre-deceased by stepmothers, Bessie F. Pollard and Peachie Pollard.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7 from Olive Branch Baptist Church, with the Rev. Tim Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow in the churchyard. Friends may visit 4-6 p.m. Saturday at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service.

Flowers are acceptable or memorials may be made to Olive Branch Baptist Church, 123 Olive Branch Rd. Durham, NC 27703. Online memorials at

Published in Jacksonville Daily News from July 6 to July 9, 2013