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
11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Directions
1311 Shipyard Blvd
Wilmington, North Carolina 28412
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Directions
514 S. College Road
Wilmington, NC 28403