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Reverend Lee Martin Williamson
August 23, 1939 ~ February 3, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Reverend Lee Martin Williamson was born on August 23, 1939, and departed this life peacefully on February 3, 2023. He was the son of the late Lillie Maude Fitzgerald and Mitchell Fitzgerald and the late Andrew Lee Williamson and brother to the late Lillie Donnell.
Reverend Williamson loved the Lord. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, pastor, and friend with a very big heart, helping any and everybody he could. Reverend Williamson was dedicated to the church and the people that he pastored. He genuinely loved his congregations and would often preach on love, the love of Jesus and loving one another.
Lee Martin was educated in the Guilford County school system. After attending James B. Dudley Senior High School, he entered the United States Air Force at the age of 17 years old. He married Carolyn Russell Williamson and to this union, four daughters were born. He retired at the United States Pentagon after serving in the Military for 20 years. During civilian life, he obtained his bachelor’s degree (Saint Leo College), a master’s degree (Century College) and worked as a Computer Scientist.
On May 29, 1987, Lee Martin was called into the ministry. He was ordained an African Methodist Episcopal Pastor in the Western North Carolina Conference, Second Episcopal District. He retired from the ministry on June 5, 2015. Churches under his pastorship were Payne Chapel, (Hillsborough, NC), Bailey’s Chapel (Roxboro, NC), St Stephen (Liberty, NC), Mt. Zion (Greensboro, NC), and White Cross (Efland, NC), Under his 28 years of pastoral leadership, Reverend Lee Williamson completed many projects that were instrumental to church growth, performed community outreach, and encouraged active participation from his members. He had the ability to make anybody feel like somebody.
Leaving to cherish his memory: his wife of 63 years First Lady Carolyn Russell Williamson; four daughters: Teressa Pinnix (Ezra) of Sedalia, NC, Eclister Brown of Greensboro, NC, Cynthia McNeil of Greensboro, NC, and Tina Brown of Greensboro, NC. Four grandchildren: Brittany, Nykia, Trey, and Nicholas, two great-grandchildren: Maddox and Bralyn; one sister, Marion Chambers of Greensboro; one brother, Jesse LeGrand (Barbara) of Greensboro, NC; nieces, Tonya, Anita (Michael), and LaVonda; Nephews, Charles (Brenda) and Oscar (Sharol), great nieces, and great nephews and a host of other relatives, extended family and friends.
“I’m free, Praise the Lord I’m free. No longer bound, no more chains holding me. My soul is resting, it’s a blessing. Praise the Lord. Hallelujah, I’m Free.”