Monday, April 12, 2010

Woody Williamson Died Unexpectedly in Alabama

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Walter "Woody" Williamson is shown here in his 1956 DHS graduation picture. He was retired and has been in poor health for some time. He passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2010 while on a trip to Alabama.

Woody majored in Business Administration at Notre Dame and raised to Senior Executive positions in both Bekins Van and Storage and North American Van Lines.

No services are planned at this time. Those wishing to contact Joyce can do so at 2024 Whippoorwill, Carrollton, TX 75006.

By a terrible coincidence, his wife Joyce was also seriously ill and in the same Alabama hospital with Woody. She had to have major surgery. She will return to Texas today with Woody's cremated remains. All these events were too much for the family to plan the usual obituary and burial. Woodie's obituary and burial plans will be announced soon.

Woody and Joyce would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June. 2010
Woody and I only reconnected by email in recent years. We shared common views on politics, email stuff, Deadwood history, and his marvelous view of life and humor. He gave me great ideas/experiences to write about on this web site, like the jeep accident on White Rocks where Bill Beshara was nearly killed. Woody's retelling of the events around the accident were humorous. After the accident he run down the hill to get help. But in his panicked mind, what he feared most was facing his Dad, other involved parents, his Priest, and most other adults. Running in the dark, he collided with the Bullock grave enclosure.

Last summer I visited Mt. Moriah, some physically able friends walked up the White Rocks road and verified the Bullock grave is right where Woody told in his story.

Woody was, no doubt, the king of humor. He loved DHS, the teachers/administrators/staff, and all us DHS classmates. He was always respectful of authority and doing the right thing. He was proud of his Catholic upbringing in Deadwood. He may not have been of great physical size but he was a giant of self pride and respect. He simply expected the same from all that he knew or met.

I feel that Woody was very content with his life and family. He was the bearer of goodwill. He expressed the success of his career goals and the importance of family, faith, and friends. His fond memories of Life in Deadwood showed the importance it also shared in his total life experience.

We will miss Woody and his smile.


April 12. 2010: Florida Beach Basics has left a new comment on your post "Woody Williamson Died Unexpectedly in Alabama":

so sorry to hear this. I had gotten a nice email from Woody and Joyce in January 2009, with news of their children and grandchildren. I will always remember Woody the basketball player. condolances to the family.

April 13, 2010: Thanks so much, Dick. A great tribute to Woody. Kay N.

April 16, 2010: Hi Dick; Thank you for letting us know about Woody. He was such a great athlete and classmate at DHS. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and family. Peggy H


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