BEARERS OF THE CASKET
Mr. Henry Ray
Mr. Troy Williamson
Mr. Shango Lewis
Mr. Carlos Gethers
Mr. Trevor Williamson
Mr. Lawrence Steele
Mr. David Steele
Mr. Charles Samuels
HONORARY CASKET BEARERS
Men of the Class of '61
BEARERS OF THE FLORAS
Mrs. Edith Birts
Mrs. Viola Elam
Ms. Janice Haines
Dr. Marshal Harris
Mrs. Dawn Padgett
Mrs. Judith Ruffin
Mrs. Debra Samuels
Mrs. Rogerline Williams
HONORARY FLORAL BEARERS
Women of the Class of '61
The Williamson Family sincerely appreciates
your messages of condolence, visits, prayers and
other expressions of love. May you continue ra-
diating sunshine through your kindness to others
and may God's blessings be with you always.
Beech Island, South Carolina
My time to die has come. Be confident and determined
and do what the Lord your God orders you to do. Obey
all His Laws and Commands, as written in the Law of
Moses, so that wherever you go you may prosper in ev-
erything. (I Kings 2:2-3)
Our bodies will return to the dust of the earth, and the
breath of life will go back to God, who gave it to you.
No one can keep themselves from dying or put off the
day of their death. That is a battle we cannot escape;
we cannot cheat our way out. (Ecclesiastes 8:8)
Remember that seventy years is all we have eighty
years, if we are strong; yet they all bring us trouble and
sorrow; life is soon over, and we are gone. (Psalm
O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh
come. (Psalm 65:2)
Everything that happens in this world happens at the
time God chooses. He sets the time for birth and the
time for death. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)
Triumph and Victory
Wednesday, April 28, 1999
The Cheatham Chapel
Langley, South Carolina
Elder George Williamson, officiating
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A TIME TO BE BORN: James Monroe Williamson, affec-
tionately known as "Rip", was born on March 13,1917. He was the young-
est of three children born to the late Monroe and Artie Leona Williamson.
A TIME TO LIVE: He received his education from Dead River
and Hazel Grove Grammar Schools, Storm Branch Academy and Walker
Baptist Institute in Augusta, Georgia.
Monroe felt the calling of Christ on his life at an early age and
became a member of Hazel Grove Baptist Church in Beech Island,
South Carolina. He joined the Usher Board and served faithfully.
Several years later, he migrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to seek
employment. He acquired a job as a Pipefitter at Sunship Naval Shipyard.
While Monroe was in Pennsylvania, he joined Thankful Baptist Church
and became a member of the Anthem Choir. His talent as an orator began
to develop and he was invited to speak at many churches. He enjoyed
writing his speeches and never hesitated to commit them to memory.
In 1973, Monroe moved back to South Carolina where he worked for
Charleston Naval Shipyard until retirement. He worked on many aircraft
carriers, submarines and battleships during his forty years as a pipefitter.
A TIME TO DIE: On April 22, 1999, God, Captain of the "Old
Ship Of Zion", took Monroe to his eternal home. He was preceded in
death by a daughter, Shirley Williamson, a son, Gilbert Satterwhite
and a grandson, Tracey Williamson.
A TIME TO MOURN: Those who shared the joy of his life and
will treasure his memory are: three daughters, Mrs. Sylvia (Henry)
Ray and Mrs. Jeanette Gethers, Bath, South Carolina and Ms. Sylvia
Satterwhite, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one son, Elder George Mon-
roe (Marion) Williamson, Pontiac, Michigan; nine grandsons, SSG
Jerome (Claudia) Gethers, Korea, Mr. Troy and Mr. Trevor (De'Shaella)
Williamson, Pontiac, Michigan, Mr. Shango Lewis, Philadelphia, Penn-
sylvania, Mr. Carlos (Katchia) Gethers, Schenectady, New York, Mr.
Troy and Mr. Trevor Parham, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael and
Marcus Steele both of Bath, South Carolina; two granddaughters, Ms.
Kimberly Wimberly, East Orange, New Jersey and Miss Yolanda Steele,
Bath, South Carolina; four great grandchildren; a devoted cousin,
Mrs. Geraldine Houston, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one Goddaugh-
ter, Mrs. Gloria Steele, Langley, South Carolina and a host of nieces,
nephews and other relatives and friends.
"You have passed through the gateway of death, to a place where
your soul has been renewed. Jesus is waiting with out stretched arms
to joyously welcome you."
March 13, 19.
1/ 22, 1999
When I'm gone to heaven above,
Please release me, let me go
Don't hold on . . . set me free.
Even though you love me so,
Don't spend your time feeling sad
And shedding lots of tears.
Be thankful God has given us
So many wonderful years.
1 thank you for the love
Each one of you have shown,
But the time has finally come
For me to travel on.
So grieve a while for me
If grieve for me you must.
God Almighty will dry your tears
If only in Him you trust.
It is just for a time
That we must sadly part,
But the memories of the love we shared
Will linger in your heart.
Then one day very soon
My face again you'll see,
When you come to this heavenly place
And spend ETERNITY!
ORDER OF SERVICE
The Reverend Cornell Harris, Presiding
PRELUDE..................Dr. Frank G. Robinson
PROCESSIONAL.............Mrs. Annabelle Hicks
"No Tears In Heaven"
Old Testament... Reverend Dr. Robert Turner, Jr.
New Testament.. Reverend Dr. Nathaniel Irvin, Sr.
PRAYER........................Reverend R. V. Palmer
SOLO..............................Mrs. Gloria Steele
"In Times Like These"
Mr. Rhonell Williams & Mrs. Geraldine Houston
SELECTION...........Children and Grandchildren
WORDS OF COMFORT . . Reverend Clarence D. Hill
FAMILY TRIBUTE..............Mr. Carlos Gethers
SOLO........................Mrs. Sylvia Ray
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . . Mrs. Marion Williamson
EULOGY..............Elder George Williamson
Pastor, Pontiac Church Of God
RECESSIONAL . . . "Order My Steps In Your Word"
COMMITTAL and BENEDICTION
Elder George Williamson & Reverend Cornell Harris