James E. "Jim" Williamson
Colonel James E. "Jim" Williamson "flew his last flight" on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. Graveside service: 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Houston National Cemetery with honors. Visitation: 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, prior to the service, the family will receive friends at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas, 77038. Jim was born in Houston on Nov. 7, 1929, and graduated from Lamar High School in 1947. He was commissioned in 1951 as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and became a career jet fighter pilot with a combat tour in Korea and two in Vietnam. He retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1979 with the rank of Colonel. He flew over 600 fighter combat missions, receiving three Distinguished Flying Crosses, two Bronze Stars with valor, 25 Air Medals and numerous other medals and ribbons. Upon returning home from Korea, he completed his degree from Baylor University in 1954. While on active duty, he completed his law degree from South Texas Law School in 1963, (passing the Texas State Bar in 1962), and a Masters from the University of Oklahoma in 1977. Along with being a total sports fan and a dedicated fighter pilot, he was also an avid golfer, getting his first hole-in-one at age 10 at Hermann Park and adding four more holes-in-one later in life. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, soldier, patriot, fighter pilot and loyal friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Carey and Ruth Williamson of Houston; brothers, Carey Williamson Jr. of Tyler and Jack Williamson of Cherry Hill, N.J. Survivors: His loving wife of over 55 years, Ann Howard Williamson of Richmond; son, J.D. "David" Williamson and wife, Tammie, of LaPorte; daughters, Ruth Williamson and husband, Ben Bennett, of Lake Whitney, Linda Kay Kirby and husband, Bob, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Robbie Pape of Houston; grandchildren, Samantha Pape, Tiffani Morris, Heather Allen and James Williamson; great-grandchild, Kent Allen; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
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