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GySgt Francis “Fran” Dewey Williamson, Jr., United States Marine Corps (Ret.), 96, of Beaufort, South Carolina and widower of Emma Lee Owens Williamson, died Friday afternoon, October 2, 2020, at his home.

Born in Buffalo, New York, he was a son of the late Francis Dewey Williamson, Sr. Fran was a member of the Beaufort Church of the Nazarene. He retired as a Gunnery Sergeant after serving in the United States Marine Corps for 28 years. Fran later retired as a letter carrier after 20 years with the United States Postal Service. He was a lifetime active member of Beaufort V. F. W. Post 8760 where he was a Past Commander. Fran also retired as a Colonel in the South Carolina State Guard. He enjoyed collecting and traveling and displaying his military memorabilia and learning military history.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Susan Graham, and three sisters, Clara Williamson, Agnes Steiner and Helen Williamson.

Survivors include one son, Frank Williamson III of Sumter, South Carolina; two daughters, Linda Foss and her husband, Jeff, of Lillington, North Carolina and Virginia Shirley and her husband, Tom, of Rocky Mount, Virginia; two step-sons, Tommy Gilbert of Tucker, Georgia and Walter Gilbert of Hinesville, Georgia; two step-daughters, Deborah Barreto of Okatie and Janice DuBay of San Antonio, Texas; fifteen grandchildren, forty-one great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces.

The funeral service, with full military honors, will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, October 7, 2020, at the graveside, Beaufort National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Marine Corps/Navy Relief Association – 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, Virginia 22203-1767.

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  1. Roland and Janice DuBay says:

    Although we will not be able to be at the “going home” service at this time, our prayers and thoughts will be with all as we together mourn and reflect on a long life lived well. May all who gather to commemorate Fran Williamson remember only the good times, the happy times, the times of fellowship and caring. May all hold on together, one with another, in the Spirit of our Lord Jesus’ love, as we say to Fran, fare thee well, good soldier – you are finally Home. Semper Fi.
    Roland and Janice DuBay, San Antonio, Texas

  2. Pastor Sheila Burrows says:

    Know the Beaufort Church of the Nazarene are praying for your comfort at this time of loss. We are grieving with you. We can only imagine the talks him and Pastor Doc are having right now. Love and continued prayers…

  3. Margaret Kearney Kosar says:

    Our family sends sympathy to your family. Frank, III we share old memories of younger days may God bring memories of laughter and joy to you and yours.

    God bless you all.

  4. Kathleen G Lancia says:

    To the Williamson and Gilbert families: I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Grandpa Fran. We (the Lancia family in Georgia) consider Fran part of our extended family and we will miss him very much. It is rare to find someone with a genuine heart of gold, but Fran just was!!!
    My earliest memories of Fran and Emma were at our daughter Mary’s wedding. They became family that day, and will forever be so in our hearts.
    Walt: He is suffering no more, and for that we can all be eternally grateful! God bless you and yours.

  5. Walter & Marie-Therese Gilbert says:

    Fran you will be greatly missed by us all.To everyone in our very large family may we pray together and comfort each other by remembering the good times we had with Fran. May god bless you all.

  6. Jody Henson says:

    To family and friends of Fran, he will surely be missed by many. He loved history and was a very welcome Associate Member of the Beaufort Sons of Confederate Veterans, attending meetings with the help of friends. We spent many times in the National Cemetery together at special events, he was a wonderful man and part of our Greatest Generation. I will miss offering to pay for his haircut at J&J Barbershop this year. One final salute to the Gunny/Col for his service to his family and country. Semper Fi old friend.



  8. Carol and Kevin Adams says:

    Uncle Fran will be missed by so many, he impacted and enriched so many lives . I will miss my history and military expert and consultant so very much.

  9. Susan Steiner Johnston says:

    Another Marine has reported to his final duty station. Rest easy Uncle Fran. I will miss talking Marine Corps with you. Semper Fi. Susan and Donald

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