Andrew Grey Williamson died March 20 at Scotia Village in Laurinburg, North Carolina.
A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the memorial service in the church fellowship hall.
Born in 1925 in Lumberton, NC, Andy graduated from Lumberton High School before enrolling at the former Presbyterian Junior College in Maxton. He subsequently volunteered for military service as a U.S. Naval Air Corps pilot before completing his education, first at the University of South Carolina, and then at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where he graduated from law school in 1950. He married Ann Holt Mitchell of Columbus, GA in 1951, and he and Ann moved to Maxton, NC where Andy served as Solicitor for the Maxton Recorder’s Court from 1951 until 1958. In 1958 Laurinburg attorney James Mason and Andy founded the law firm of Mason and Williamson.
In 1960, Andy and Ann moved to Laurinburg where he began four decades of “behind the scenes” service to the Laurinburg and Scotland County area. He was instrumental in designing an industrial development program, helping bring over twenty industrial employers to the Scotland County-Maxton area over a twenty-year period. He was also one of forty-two local government leaders, Chamber members and volunteers to travel to Milwaukee to present Laurinburg ‘s bid to be selected as an All-American City. Chosen by the group to make the presentation, in ten minutes Andy convinced the jury that Laurinburg deserved the award for the second time, the first North Carolina city to be so honored.
Andy was also instrumental in the recruitment and development of many prized local institutions. He served as chairman of Scotland Memorial Hospital’s Board of Trustees and with others, was instrumental in the decision to relocate the hospital to its current location on Lauchwood Drive in 1983. Andy twice served as member of the Board of Trustees of St. Andrews Presbyterian College. In the early 1980s, Andy was one of the original community leaders to meet with the Presbyterian Homes, Inc. to explore the possibility of a continuing care retirement community in Laurinburg. He devoted a great deal of time, energy, and commitment in helping establish Scotia Village, serving as one of the original members of the Scotia Village Board of Trustees and twice as its president. His wife, Ann, became a resident of Scotia in 2000 and Andy became a resident in 2002.
Andy served for many years as an elder of the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church and was named Elder Emeritus in 2009. He served as President of the Laurinburg Rotary Club and of Laurinburg’s Chamber of Commerce. He served as trustee for the North Carolina Cancer Institute and accumulated numerous honors in the legal arena, including his election as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, his membership on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association, and nine years on the North Carolina State Bar Council.
In all his endeavors, Andy Williamson was respected for his integrity, his commitment to his community, and his compassion for all people. Never seeking personal recognition for his service, he was motivated by only one goal: to improve the quality of the lives of the citizens of the Laurinburg and Scotland County community.
Andy Williamson was predeceased by his wife of fifty-two years, Ann Mitchell Williamson. He is survived by his daughter Van Williamson Garrison and son-in-law Richard Garrison of Raleigh, his son Andrew (Drew) Grey Williamson Jr. and daughter-in-law Kathy Williamson, his three grandchildren, Holt, Sara, and Berry Williamson, all of Laurinburg, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. He also leaves behind his beloved Scotia Village Community, where he lived his last eleven years with grace and dignity. The family is especially indebted for the love and concern shown by Elaine Wright, Lisa Pinkney, and Freddie Muldrow.
Memorials may be made to the Scotia Village Foundation, 2200 Elm Ave., Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, 600 W. Church St., Laurinburg, NC 28352.
McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium is serving the family.
A memorial register may be found at www.McDougald.com