David C. Williamson ’43

David C. Williamson ’43, 89, of Pineville, N.C., died July 31, 2012. Williamson was born Oct. 4, 1922, in Kenansville, N.C., to the late D.S. and Mary Lou Chambers Williamson. He attended Davidson and was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1945, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha social fraternity. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Navy, serving as captain of the USS Pelican and USS Lapwing with tours in the Japanese Island Sea, many parts of the Southwest Pacific, during the Korean War and WWII. After retiring from the Navy in 1945, Williamson began his career at Southern Bell, where he rose steadily through the ranks beginning as a Yellow Pages salesman and retired as a Southeast area general commercial and marketing manager in 1978. He was a member of Calvary Church and active in several Rotary Clubs, United Way, Board of Junior Achievement, and Chamber of Commerce. An avid golfer, he was a member of Carmel Country Club and Charlotte City Club. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Hazel Scott and Lois Precythe. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Thelma Gray Reavis Williamson, 13180 Dorman Rd., Apt. A114, Pineville, NC 28134-9017; three children, David C. Williamson, Jr. (Pam), S. Chris Williamson, and Don S. Williamson (Lisa); four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two brothers, Stephen Williamson (Nancy) and Robert Williamson (Kay).