Kendrick WILLIAMSON
WILLIAMSON, Kendrick Wayne 83, of Brandon, Florida entered into eternal rest on June 7, 2021, in Dover, Florida. Wayne was born in Luverne, Alabama to Cecil and Mildred Williamson and spent the majority of his childhood in Tampa, Florida. Wayne graduated from Jefferson High School in 1956. He then attended the University of Florida, where he played football for the Gators while studying to earn his Master's Degree in Physical Education and Health. During his time at the University of Florida, Wayne was a member of Florida Blue Key, the University of Florida Honor Court, the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, and the University of Florida Student Hall of Fame. Following his graduation from the University of Florida, he served short stints as an assistant teacher at University of Florida and teacher and assistant football coach at Jefferson High School. He then spent two years of active duty in the United States Army. Wayne was discharged from active duty in January 1964 continuing to serve in the Army Reserves where he rose to the rank of Captain. Wayne then returned to the Tampa area and worked as an educator, coach, and eventual Athletic Director for Brandon High School. In 1967, Wayne left Brandon for Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa, where he served as the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director from 1968 to 1970. In 1970, Wayne returned to the Tampa area, where he served as the first Director of Athletics for Hillsborough County Public Schools. Wayne was a pioneer for athletics in Hillsborough County and led the charge in developing a system for centralized funding of athletics, promoting gender equity among Florida women's sports, and establishing the female sports program in Hillsborough County. Wayne was a well-respected, passionate, and strong advocate for athletics throughout his career, retiring in 1999 after 29 years in this position. He was inducted into the Florida High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2000. Wayne found his greatest joy and life's priority in family. His admiration for his wife, children and grandchildren was infectious. Rarely was an event or game missed and never was there an absence of pride for whatever pursuit they sought. He was a man of great faith, serving as an active member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Brandon for many years. He was a lover of sport, and you could always find him watching a game on TV or playing a round of golf. Most importantly, Wayne always found the joy in life and simply did not believe bad days were necessary. Wayne was preceded in death by his sisters, Darlene Fischer and Kathy Dozier. Wayne is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pati; children, Ken Williamson (Tonya) of Valrico, Karen Snapp (Scott) of Plant City, and Jim Williamson (Tracey) of Dover; grandchildren, Lauren (Jeff), Skotti (Leo), Jimmy (Lindsay), Katie (Jeff), Emma, Sara Kate, Joseph, Amaiah, Johnathan, Cailyn, and Brady; four great-grandsons and two great-grandsons on the way; sisters, Vivian Prather of Flowery Branch, Georgia, Linda Warden of Woodland, Alabama and Patricia Lee; and many other extended family and friends. A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 17, at 10 am at First Baptist Church of Brandon, 216 N. Parsons Avenue, Brandon. The family will receive friends one hour prior at 9 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the University of Florida Foundation at https://www.uff.ufl.edu/give-now/.
Published by Tampa Bay Times from Jun. 13 to Jun. 14, 2021.
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Wayne was a "regular" for Thursday play with his Men´s Golf Association, his Gator golf bag reflecting his college allegiance. A good golfer; he won the Senior Division of its Club Championship in 2017 and 2018. He was a true gentleman on and off the course and a pleasure to play with. Our Association sends its deepest sympathies to Wayne´s family and friends
Jay Braden
Friend
July 19, 2021
So sorry to hear of his passing. He and my late father (Nello Rimoldi) were good friends having worked together in Hillsborough County for many years. God bless.
Michael Rimoldi
July 13, 2021
Just an old friend praying that your faith in God will bring you comfort even as you grieve.
Joseph Powell
Friend
June 18, 2021
Wayne and Family are special to us on multiple levels. Our prayers are abounding for His comfort, peace, & joy to fill the tough moments of loss ahead. ... We promise to pray for Y'all every evening from today until our time comes. We hope to make it to Glory ... and do believe Wayne will be there.
--Love in Him, Hal & Judy Simmons
Hal & Judy Simmons
June 16, 2021
Legend. Respected by all who knew or knew of him.
Walt Bartlett
Coworker
June 15, 2021
What an incredibly kind gentleman. Our deepest condolences to Ken and the Williamson family. God Bless.
Ben Heugel
Friend
June 14, 2021
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
June 14, 2021
Ken, so sorry to hear about your father. Praying for you and your family.
Lee Hedrick
Friend
June 14, 2021
Mesquita Family
June 14, 2021
Very considerate of others and fair in his decisions. My best golfing buddy.
Ralph Aversa
Friend
June 14, 2021
Suncoast Credit Union
June 14, 2021
I am sorry to hear about your father. You will be in my prayers.
Johnny Crawford
Friend
June 14, 2021
Kevin Johnson
June 14, 2021
Wayne was an incredible human being, I had many great times golfing with Wayne in Florida and here in Canada he will be missed. RIP my friend.

WILLIAM Dennis DICKSON
Friend
June 14, 2021
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