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Rupert Ezekiel Williamson (1938 - 2013)

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Funeral Service for the Late Mr. Rupert 'Lipstick' Williamson age 75 yrs. Of Ross Corner and East St. will be held on Saturday 14th of December 2013, 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Global Cathedral on Marshall Rd. Officiating will be Bishop Trevor Williamson & Howard F. Williamson. Internment will follow at Woodlawn Gardens on Soldier Rd.

Friends may pay their last respects at the Rock Of Ages Funeral Chapel on Wulff Road and Pinedale on Friday the 13th of December 2013 from 10:00am to 6pm and again from 10:00am at the church until service time.

But thou O Lord art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter up of mine head. Psalm 3:3

Rupert Ezekiel Williamson was born 29th July 1938, as the fourth of eight children to the Late Mr. Holston & Caroline Williamson in Selvan, Acklins. He was later affectionately called 'Lipstick', 'The Barber', and 'The General'. Some even called him 'Papa' which he answered to with great pride.

Rupert began his early education at the Hardhill, Acklins All Age School. He moved to Nassau for a bit and later gained employment on the contract where he worked for quite some time. This employment allowed him to financially assist on the upbringing of his younger brothers and sisters. Upon returning from the contract he was employed as a Police Reserve, at the Boys Industrial School and his beloved profession Barbering.

His first business was the Sportsman Barbershop which was at the time on Taylor and Market St. which he partnered with Cool Breeze. As an entrepreneur he began the construction of his first building on Ross Corner and Market St which became the most popular Barbershop in THE BAHAMAS. Many such as the Governor Generals - Sir Orville Turnquest, Sir Arthur Foulkes, and US Ambassador Sidney Williams to name a few. Politicians from all parties patronized the Barbershop and Most special to him were Bahamians from all walks of Life.

In 1961, Rupert met the beautiful Minerva Cartwright from Long Island. They were married in 1964. This union was blessed with three (3) wonderful children, Catherine, Antone, and Dwane.

In 1998, Lipstick retired from his beloved Profession and moved to San Salvador with his companion Renay Butler where he continued his entrepreneurship by building cottages and became an avid sport fisherman.

In July of this year, Lipstick was diagnosed with cancer. He put up a valiant fight but succumbed to this dreaded disease on December 8th, 2013 at 10:47am at his residence on East Street and Ross Corner in the presence of his sons Antone, Dwane, his brother Berkley Williamson and Renay Butler. His departure will leave a void amongst his family and friends but he has assured us that he is holding on to Jesus. We are comforted in knowing that we will see him again.

Left to cherish his memories are his: Daughters, Catherine, Princess and Deidre. Sons, Antone, Dwane, Ricardo and Troy. Adopted

Son: Perry Mortimer.

Special Friend: Renay Butler

Grandchildren: Tameko and Randolph Smith, Zion, Latoya, Antone Jr., Tameko, Canardia, Leante', Carlton, Aston, Christan, Kimberly, Caswell, Doralee, Vanreka, Meko, Jamal, Jermaine, Derren, Cordero, Melissa, Troyneshia & (52) Great Grandchildren.

Daughters In-Law: Anna & Michelle Williamson, Carmen & Edith Wallace

Brother: Mr. Berkley H. Williamson

Sisters: Mary Lloyd & Beryl Loriston

Sister and Brothers In-Law: Elkin Lloyd, Loriston, Sarah & Clarabell Williamson, John and Marjorie Cartwright, Cornelius & Madelyn Cartwright, Christopher & Beverly Cartwright, Sinclair & Debbie Cartwright, Frank & Wendy Cartwright, Ethel & Vivian Mcphee, Rita & Leslie Bowe, Sharon & Karen Cartwright.

Nieces and Nephews: Elder Bursil & Renne, Aris & Lorenzo Ferguson of Philadelphia, Elvis, Michael, Attis & Leonard Anderson, Dr. Jane Styles, Returea & Wesley Ferguson, Giles & Donette, Ryan, Kino & Anya Williamson, Victoria, Evelyn, Dr. Dellarese, Meckel Taylor, Bridgette & Errol, Dorcas & Reggie, Donneil & Bruce Cooper, Valarie, Daphne, Tanya, Anthony, Keith, Jerry, Charles & Samantha, Shelly and Hank Johnson, Vangy & Earnell, Oraline & Ftriz, Felton, Linda, Jackie, Brian, Elizabeth, Barbara, Phyllis & Errington Thompson, Neil, Dwight, Keva, Kevin, Kenva & Eric.

Numerous Grand –Nieces and Nephews.

Other Relatives Including: Bishop Brice H. Thompson & Family, The Miller, The Williamson's, The Collie's, The McPhee 's and The Black Families, Sarah Murphy, Lavenia King, Bishop Trevor Williamson and Global Cathedral Family, Rev. Howard H. Williamson and The Robinson Morris Family. Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Butler, Rickel, Sharan & Peter Butler, Asjon, Asja, Lashan, Petra, Jayden, Edroy, Eden, Basil, Renal Butler, Janet, Dianne, Rochell, Cecil & Advilda, Matilda Williams, Premier Importers, Lillis Saunders, Olgamae Collie, Lulamae Thompson & Family.

Friends: Jay Dean, Limas Taylor, Idell Jones & Family, Eureka Knowles & Family, Terrance Storr & Family, The Benson Family, The Russell Family, Trevor Davis & Family, Quincy, Andalton Poitier & Family, Mr. Thompson & Family, Alan Butler, The Jones Family, The Feranders, The Laramores, Staff of San Salvador Community Clinic, Dr. Ricky Davis, Phillip Jewles, Mrs. Hazel Pinder & Family, Montague Beach Associaltion, Mr & Mrs. Edwin Knowles & Family, Bevans Family, Angela & Willie. The Entire Community of San Salvador, Acklins & Ross Corner. Mrs. Maralyn Munroe & the Staff of Jazenya's Creations, Sky Bahamas Ltd., The Q Club, The Willimason Plaza, Brendan Foulkes, His Excellency Sir Arthur & Lady Foulkes.
Published in The Nassau Guardian on Dec. 13, 2013
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