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Fredrick "Dale" Williamson Jr.
December 10, 1973 ~ October 6, 2023 (age 49) 49 Years Old
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Fredrick Dale Williamson Jr. was born December 10, 1973, to Fred and Linda Williamson, older brother to Dawn Williamson Carroll (Brandon) of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Happily, remembered by wife, Margaret Paige Degner-Williamson, and daughters Mary Boyce Williamson (16), and Anna James Williamson (11)
Also joyfully remembered by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Keith and Mary Degner Fuller and his brothers and sisters in law: Mary B. Waddell (Allen), Sherman Axelberg (Jeff), Ashley Blizzard (Rolf), Clint Fuller, and ten special nieces, nephews, and four great nieces and great nephews.
On Friday October 6, 2023, Dale fought his last battle of 16 long years against Pseudomyxoma peritonei cancer and won. Dale’s final battle brought his long-awaited restful peace and with his final breath, that peace and heavenly rejoicing was all over his 49-year-old young face.
Jokingly called Damn-it Dale, he was a hard-working simple man that loved many and was loved by so many. In his more adult years, he was known as the level-headed one in his marriage to his wife of 20 years, Paige Degner-Williamson. Dale hadn’t been just Dale in 27 years. After being together for seven years and being married for 20 years it had morphed into Paige and Dale. The common knowledge among close family and friends was Dale was the only one who could put up with Paige and vice versa. They loved each other hard, fought hard, but they never doubted each other. Dale loved all music, and it was shown through his love of playing the saxophone in the Whiteville High School Band. His love of music led Dale to just about any official or unofficial dance floor. His philosophy was that it wasn’t in the moves, it was in the face and body attitude, and he was right except for his Christmas dance!—that was in the attitude and the dance moves.
Dale worked his way through The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP) by working his way up the ladder at Food Lion. From bag boy (which he still enjoyed doing when grocery shopping because, “these kids aren’t trained on how to bag the groceries properly”) stock boy, Produce Manager, and Frozen and Dairy Manager. Once Dale received his business degree from UNCP, he and his wife moved from Columbus County to the big city of Raleigh, North Carolina for him to begin his banking career with Wells Fargo (formerly Wachovia) which he thoroughly enjoyed. He loved the ability to make his clients feel safe and secure financially, while forming a true friendship with them at the same time. Dale loved his work family and would talk about them often. He looked forward to going to work and it showed.
As much as Dale loved his wife, work, and music, it didn’t hold a candle to the love he had for his two girls Mary Boyce (16) and Anna James (11). Even though Dale would be in great pain he made sure he was making lasting memories and impressions in and on their little hearts. He committed to Y Guides with each of them where he and the girls made lasting friendships and support systems. Dale’s Y Guide name was Big Bad Wolf to show his deep love of the NC State Wolfpack. Big Bad Wolf, Little Rainbow, and Little Red shared special times during those years camping, ziplining, enjoying campfires, and earning badges together.
The ”Damn-it Dale Williamson” Family will truly never be the same without him physically being here, but have no fear he left a lasting mark on everyone he encountered and these marks are making the world still turn while he is in heaven dancing for the Lord that he loved and knew.
Psalm: 150-4 (ESV) “Praise Him with tambourine and dance, praise Him with tambourine and dance, praise Him with strings and pipe!"
Visitation will be held Friday, October 13, 2023 at the Fair Bluff Baptist Church from 1:30PM until 3:00PM. The memorial service will follow the visitation at 3:15 in the Sanctuary arranged by the family.
A service of Meares & Jones Funeral Service of Fair Bluff.