SOUTHPORT — Jerry Dean Williamson, 82, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, surrounded by his family. Jerry was born Jan. 26, 1939, in Randolph County to the late John Tate and Corilla Brower Williamson.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Brenda Moore Williamson; sons, Jerry Duane Williamson of Winnabow and John Darrell Williamson, and his wife, Gina, of Randleman; daughter, Heather Deane Williamson Whitworth, and her husband, Bryan, of Southport; grandchildren, Michael Williamson, Jessica Williamson, Alex Williamson, Grace Williamson, Mason Whitworth, Liam Whitworth and Laurel Whitworth; and brother, Gail Williamson, and his wife, Trudi, of Mira Loma, California.
Jerry served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Antietam and 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He was called to active duty during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Jerry was of the Baptist faith and began as a textile printer at Randolph Mills, going on to graduate from Appalachian State University, eventually retiring as director of public safety and police at UNC-Greensboro after a career spanning over two decades. While at UNCG, he served as president of the North Carolina Association of Law Enforcement Administrators and was advisor to the Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
After retirement, Jerry served as chief of police at Brunswick Community College. After leaving the police department, he became deeply involved with helping both students and inmates obtain their GEDs.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Jerry Williamson Scholarship to help GED students further their education. Donations may be sent to Jerry Williamson Scholarship Brunswick Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 30, Supply, NC 28462.
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