Preston LeRoy Williamson, III.

December 10, 1944 - November 16, 2021
Preston LeRoy Williamson, III.

Preston LeRoy Williamson III, age 76 of Wilmington, NC, sadly passed away at New Hanover Regional Medical Center on November 16, 2021.

Preston was born on December 10, 1944 in Columbia, SC to Preston LeRoy, Jr. and Hellon June Williamson.

Preston came from a large family, the eldest of his six siblings. He and Linda, his surviving wife of 56 years, had eight children. Preston was a multi-sport athlete throughout his life; he played football, basketball, and baseball. His high school baseball coach said Preston hit a baseball the hardest out of any high school player he’d ever seen. Later in life, he played semi-pro football for a local team. He served as a Scout Master for the Boy Scouts of America most of his life. Preston owned and operated his own furniture reupholstering business and in 1990 was recognized as one of the top 100 insurance salesmen in the country while working for Lincoln Benefit Life. Other accomplishments include; summiting Mt. Whitney (the highest mountain in the contiguous United States, elevation 14,505 feet!), and backpacking many segments of the Appalachian and John Muir trails.

Preston served a Service Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints. He was devoted to family, God, and religion. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hiking, camping, going to the beach, being out in nature, and visiting museums. Preston is also survived by his children Preston LeRoy Williamson, IV. (Christine), Lisa Dawn Ball (Rob), Mark Christopher Williamson, Julie Marie Carter (Jason), David Brent Williamson (Savanna), Natalie Anne Harms, Brandon Michael Williamson and Kellie Nicole Williamson; his siblings Terry Williamson (Kathy), Bonnie Haynes (Jack), Susan Melton, Patti Shaver (Johnny), Jon Williamson, and Larry Kimpton (Nancy Lynn). He also has 25 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren, and many other extended family members and friends.

A Graveside Service will be held for family at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 10, 2021 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Wilmington, NC.

A Memorial Service, open to all, will also be held at 12:30 PM on December 10, 2021 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building at 514 South College Road, Wilmington NC with a luncheon to follow.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


Friday, December 10, 2021
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Greenlawn Memorial Park - Directions
1311 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
(910) 799-1686


Friday, December 10, 2021
12:30 PM

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Directions
514 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • November 24, 2021
    Martin Smith says:
    Sincere condolences to Roy’s family from an old high school classmate and friend.

  • November 24, 2021
    Ann Ross Lanneau says:
    Sincere condolences to Roy’s family from an old high school classmate and friend.

  • November 24, 2021
    Jo Ann Piotter Rhodes says:
    With deepest sympathy to Roy's family from a high school classmate. I have fond memories of him from our high school days. He was always cheerful and friendly.

  • November 25, 2021
    Patty A Garcia says:
    Condolences to the family of Preston Leroy Williamson. So very sorry for the loss of your husband of 56 years Linda . And to all your beautiful children and grandchildren we wish you peace in this time of mourning. Sincerely the Garcia Family

  • November 26, 2021
    Carolyn Black Scott says:
    Roy was kind, caring, helpful and loving. He assisted in helping me get in touch with my long lost classmates. He reentered my life when I desperately needed a listening ear. I could have never asked for a better friend. We lost a good soul way too soon. All my love to Linda and family ❤️