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November 1, 2020


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It is with great sadness that we announce Raymond Lee Williamson (69)
of Mayo Florida left his earthly home on November 1, 2020 following a long battle with diabetes.

Born on May 14th 1951 in Madison Florida, Raymond (Ray) Williamson was the son of Dewey Williamson and Evelyn Albritton Williamson who both preceded him in death. He leaves behind his wife Debra Williamson (64) and children Christopher Alan Williamson, Amanda Marie Williamson, Chandra Lee Williamson, and Janell Nicolette Williamson as well as (9) grand children, Britney Britt, Landon Williamson, Makayla Brown, Alexis Webster, Tristan Williamson, Kyra Lessard, Jordan Lessard, Max Williamson, Maya Williamson as well as 3 great grandchildren, Brensley Britt, Bastian Britt and Avalee Nelson. He was preceded in death by his first grandson Trevor Williamson. He also leaves behind his siblings Hansel Williamson, Lillie Boyd, Margaret Pike, Robert (Red) Williamson, David Williamson and Tonya Williamson as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Adela Bennett and brothers Ronnie Williamson, Daniel Williamson, and Samuel Williamson.

Ray lived in Mayo, Florida most of his life and was a simple man who found happiness in simple things such as caring for his grandchildren and watching his Seminole’s play football. He was a man of experience and wisdom and happily shared his experiences with anyone who asked. While he was a gentle and kind man, he earned his nickname “ the bear” as he was also known to speak up rather loudly when someone wronged him or his loved ones. His booming voice was known to shake sense into many a man, woman or child in need of correction but even so, he was a strong protector for all who were lucky enough to be loved by him.

Ray served his country proudly in Vietnam from 1971 through 1974 and was honored to have done his duty for his country. Because of his extensive knowledge with audio visual equipment from his job at the Alimar (the Live Oak movie theatre) he was placed in audio visual specialist as his MOS in the Army. He was always a strong advocate for enlisting in the military and shared his views and advice with all of his family.

Ray will also was an avid farmer and had a deep love for the earth and all things natural. His connection to agriculture was a huge part of who he was and many would agree that his kinship with the planet was as natural to him as breathing. From season to season, Ray cultivated an amazing relationship with many community farmers and built strong bonds with family and friends. He was a wonderful brother, husband, father, grandfather, GREAT-grandfather, Uncle and friend and will be greatly missed.

There will be a Celebration of Life at the home of his brother Red and sister-in-law Lora in Mayo, Florida on Saturday November 7th, 2020. Please feel free to attend and bring a covered dish.
Arrangements have been trusted to ICS Cremation and Funeral Home.