Evans Funeral Home announces the death of Mr. Lonnie Leroy "Sonny" Williamson, age 74 of Athens, Georgia, (Redstone Community) who entered into rest Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Mr. Williamson was born in Jackson County Georgia, the son of the late Lonnie and Genevieve Smith Williamson, and was a member of Redstone Methodist Church. Mr. Williamson graduated from the University of Georgia after obtaining a Masters Degree in Wildlife Management, a BS Degree in Journalism and Literature and did Post Graduate Work at the University of Maryland in Economics and retired as Vice President of the Wildlife Management Institute after 30 years. Mr. Williamson was an accomplished writer having written for such magazines as Outdoor Life, and also served on the Outdoor Writers Association of America Board of Directors 1985-1987, President, 1991-1992, and Board Chairman, 1993. "Sonny" as he was affectionately addressed by family and friends is preceded by sisters, Betty Jo Pinson and Juanita Williamson, along with his parents. Survivors include wife, Donna Wood of Athens, Son and Daughter in Law, Tony and Tammy Williamson of Athens, Daughter and Son in Law, Robin and David Buchanan of Lafayette, Louisiana, Sister and Brother in Law, Yvonne Williamson Wilkes and Ray Wilkes of Athens. Five grandchildren, Sam Williamson, Grace Ann Williamson, Sally Pat Williamson, Sydnee Belle Buchanan and Bailey Buchanan, along with several nieces and nephews.
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Memorial services will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday, December 21, 2013 from the Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Reverend Bryce Behnke officiating. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, Saturday, 10:00 – 12:00 Noon. Memorials may be made to the St. Mary's Auxiliary Love Lights, 1230 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia 30606.
Evans Funeral Home Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia. 706-367-5467.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.evansfuneralhomeinc.com
Evans Funeral Home
1350 Winder Highway
Jefferson, GA 30549
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on Dec. 19, 2013