John Robert Williamson
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John Robert Williamson Obituary


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“He was always kind to me and kyle and I am glad to call him grand pa. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: conor williamson - folsom, CA

“Dear Tharin, It has been a long time, but I recently came across one of your poems in my memorabelia -- as usual, well done and beautiful. I...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Lee Schultz - Carlsbad, TX

“As a new manager in Investigations, John was extremely helpful - he helped train myself and my staff and he was always available to help with any...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: John LaReau - Plano, TX - friend

“Although I had previously met John I did not really get to know him until we both came back out of retirement to assist Investigations in the Dallas...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Kenneth G. Smith, Jr. - Coppell, TX

“Our deepest sympathy to John's family and friends. FDIC Investigations Dallas, TX has been sharing stories of his great kindnesses to co-workers...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Janet Stephens - Dallas, TX

“I will always remember John for his calm and kind demeanor, easy sense of humor and complete devotion to his family. He was truly one of the ones...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Freeborn - Dallas, TX

“Dear family and friends of Mr. Williamson please accept my sincere condolences of your dear loved one. Please find comfort from God's many promises...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Mrs. Shandell - Summerville, SC

“My grandpa was an honest, hard-working, and caring man. He always told me how proud he was of me, and he always put family first. I'm so happy to...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Emily Williamson - Lafayette, LA

“John was one of the first persons I worked with when I moved to Dallas. And one thing I will always remember, he was the calmest person I ever met,...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Sherri England - Dallas, TX

“John was a good friend who I had the pleasure of meeting at FDIC. He was gracious, kind and just a nice guy. May the family find peace in knowing...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Frank W. Hutchins - Dallas, TX

“THE OBITUARY SAYS IT BEST. jOHN WILL INDEED BE REMEMBERED FOR HIS INTEGRITY, CHARACTER AND KINDNESS. IT IS A SAD DAY HERE AT FDIC. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: ALLAN ROBES - DALLAS, TX

“John will be missed by all that knew him here at the FDIC. My thoughts and prayers are with family and loved one's. ”
12 of 17 | Posted by: Kandi Newsom - Dallas, TX

“God bless you dear friend and mentor. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Marion Tarin - Dallas, TX

“John was a fine man and a good friend. He will be missed. ”
14 of 17 | Posted by: Lynn Lesikar - Dallas,, TX

“John and I worked together for more than 15 years. He was a good man. He always had time for others. He was a very deligent employee and always...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Bob Pierce - Dallas, TX

“John was a wonderful friend and I really enjoyed working with him throughtout the years. He will be missed. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Linda Shaw - Mesquite, TX

“I worked with John in Houston and Dallas. He was such a great guy. He was so nice to me and patient as I was learning the ropes of the FDIC. I loved...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Maggie Thompson - dallas, TX


John went peacefully to his Lord and Savior at 7:30 in the evening of Saturday, the 19th of January. A private graveside service will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Magnolia Cemetery. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel.
Born in Fort Worth, TX on March 28, 1943, John grew up in Orange, TX, the son of Robert Darnell Williamson and Audrey Anderson Williamson. Upon graduating high school, he enrolled at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. He was Business Manager of The Brigadier (newspaper) and Sports Editor for The Sphinx (yearbook). He was on the Dean's List and graduated in 1965 with a B.A. in Political Science.
It was while a cadet that he met the love of his life and future wife, Ruth Carol Tharin Smith. He and Tharin (nicknamed DeeDee) met at a picnic. Originally, neither planned to attend the picnic, but Fate was not deterred: they did go, they did meet…and it was instant love. John and Tharin married and spent 48 years in happy union with each other.
John's career began in South Carolina in commercial banking. Over the course of two decades, he worked for three banking corporations as vice-president and branch manager. This phase of his career ended in Louisiana in 1985. Following this, he joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) in its Houston, TX office and so began his career in the public sector. He rose to the level of Section Chief and Investigations Specialist and after a much lauded career, he retired in 2005. His retirement would prove short-lived, though, as the FDIC called him out of retirement to assist with the home mortgage debacle that was crippling the country in the late 2000s. He worked diligently in this capacity-and helped train the next generation-until cancer forced him into a second retirement.
In his private life, John was active as a civic leader, including long-standing participation in Rotary International in both Louisiana and South Carolina Rotary Clubs. Yet always most important to John was family. A compassionate father, he and his wife raised three sons. He leaves behind many friends and colleagues who will remember him for his integrity, character, and kindness. He leaves behind a family thankful for his devotion and love, each of whom will cherish memories of times spent in his gentle company.
John is preceded in death by his parents and by his granddaughter, Anna Grace. He is survived by his adoring wife, Tharin, of Rowlett, TX; eldest son, Robert Stewart Williamson, wife Diane, of Pageland, SC, and their children Kyle Alexander Williamson, Conor Jourdan Williamson, Shawn Vijay Gopaul, Kristina Diane Gopaul, Andrew Vijay Gopaul, Shantie Diane Mathis; and great-grandchildren Tristan Wayne Mathis, Kylee Noel Mathis, Rylan Wayne Mathis; middle son, Paul Andrew Williamson, wife Lessley, and their children Emily Hart Williamson and Paul Andrew Williamson, Jr. of Lafayette, LA; and youngest son David Bruce Williamson, wife Larissa, and daughters Sophia Grace Williamson and Julia Faith Williamson, of Frisco, TX.
John lived a full life and gave of himself unreservedly. He fought the valiant fight, but in the end, Paradise called and he answered.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to one's favorite animal advocacy charity.