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Charles “Derrick” Williamson, born June 18, 1961, affectionately known to all who loved him as “Bull,” died unexpectedly of natural causes on Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

Charles D. Williamson
             Charles D. Williamson

Derrick attended Whiteville High School, where he excelled in many varsity sports and served as 1979 senior class president. He then graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in industrial technology. In the early 1980s he began work with the family business, Williamson Realty Vacation Rentals, with his mother, brother and an office staff who loved his wit and no-nonsense approach to life. His personality was described as “bigger than life,” and he was considered a great judge of people and places.

Also member of Camp United Methodist Church, Derrick was admired for his advice in life and the things that mattered the most: God, family, friends and a good work ethic. As a youth he attended Pleasant Plains Baptist Church in Whiteville, N.C., where he played on the award-winning church basketball team, “ The Pleasant Plains Playboys.”

In the fall of 1980 he met his college sweetheart at ECU, where many great times were shared with Kate and his ECU friends. In 1995, the love of his life was born, Katherine Summer Williamson. Derrick and Summer shared a mutual respect and special bond of love. She always looked to her daddy for wisdom, advice and unconditional love.

He will be greatly missed by his wife of 28 years, Kate Brooks Williamson; daughter, Katherine Summer Williamson; mother, Betty Smith Williamson; father, Henry Frank Williamson; brother Frank Williamson (Teresa), all of Ocean Isle Beach; his in-laws, Bill and Betty Brooks of Polkton N.C.; sister-in-law, Amy Bennett; and Kevin and Carol Brooks and nieces. Also a host of special cousins, friends and co-workers whom he loved dearly.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday, July 8, 2016, at Camp United Methodist Church. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Camp United Methodist Church Building Fund or the Camp United Methodist Church Youth Group, PO Box 776, Shallotte, NC 28459.

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