Williamson, Bernard, Jr.

Written by David Green.

Bernard N. Williamson, Jr., 71, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., formerly of Smithville, Tenn., and Toledo, Ohio, died April 20, 2011.

Bernard was born in Morenci, Mich., Oct 23, 1939, the son of Bernard and Thelma (Meyers) Williamson. He was a graduate of Howe Military School. He was a former plant supervisor for the Dura Automotive Corp. in Toledo and in Gordonsville, Tenn. He also worked for SNW Manufacturing in Smithville, Tenn.

Bernard was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed playing golf.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Joyce M. Williamson; three sons, Chris (and Becky), and Jon Williamson, both of Toledo, and Bernard (and April) Williamson III of Woodbury, Tenn.; step-son Darrell (and Linda) Purcell of Martin, Tenn.; daughter Cathi Cryan of Springfield, Ohio; grandsons Christopher and Jonathon Williamson, Patrick and Sean Cryan, Andrew Williamson; granddaughters Megan Cryan and Katelyn Williamson; step-grandson Dante Purcell; sisters Janis Reister of Hillsdale, Mich., Joyce VanValkenburg of Prattville, Ala.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coyle Funeral Home, 1770 S. Reynolds Rd., Toledo. Visitation is scheduled from 10 a.m. until the time of service, in the mortuary.

Memorial donations are suggested to Hope Hospice, 1201 Wings Way Dr. Lehigh Acres, Fla. 33974.

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