William Kedrick Williamson
William Kedrick “Keddy” Williamson, 72, of Bradenton Beach, died Aug. 9.
He was born Jan. 19, 1948, to Leroy and Helen.
He attended and loved to worship at Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bradenton Beach.
He graduated from Sherman High School and attended West Virginia State before enlisting in the U.S. Navy.
He was raised in Montcoal, West Virginia, where his dad was a coal miner. His parents ran the company store and he loved reminiscing about his childhood years there. He always said, “Don’t ever forget where you came from” and was humbled by his upbringing.
While in the Navy he served on the USS Arneb and got his certification for amphibious training in 1969. He was proud to be a veteran and stayed in contact with a few of his buddies throughout his life.
He sailed the Mediterranean and fell in love with the sea. After leaving the Navy, he moved to Florida in the early 1970s and spent time in South Carolina and West Virginia before retiring back on Anna Maria Island in 2010 to fulfill his dream.
He worked as a state employee at the Public Service Commission in Charleston, West Virginia, where he retired in 2010.
He also loved buying and selling cars and owned Keddy’s Auto Sales in Santee, South Carolina.
He never met a stranger and loved to tell stories of his younger days.
He could make anyone laugh telling his stories and he would laugh just as hard as the one listening. He loved animals, loved his family, loved his friends, loved the water, loved music, loved to dance, loved life and was a generous soul.
Celebrations of life will be planned at a later date
Mr. Williamson is survived by sister Joan and husband Dick Dohm of Charleston, West Virginia; daughter Denise and husband Tom Seabolt and their son Shane of Van, West Virginia; grandchildren Hannah and husband Cory Nichols of Julian, West Virginia, Colton Vint of Wharton, West Virginia and Morgan and husband Michael Lovejoy; great-grandchildren Coal and Cage Lovejoy, of Madison, West Virginia; brother-in-law Rodney Hale of Alum Creek, West Virginia; best friends Sharon Chandler and husband Jim Nielsen and Rod Parsons and wife Laura Donat of Ripley, West Virginia; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Margaret Fitzpatrick Rogers
Margaret “Marge” Fitzpatrick Rogers died Aug. 22. She was born Aug. 11, 1932.
She was a kind, artistic, free-spirited soul; an Irish core shaped by the rhythm of Motown and the lakes of northern Michigan.
She found herself happiest on the white sands of Anna Maria Island and was a longtime islander.
She lived a life enriched with exotic travel, familial love, the color gold and a search for the perfect pink lipstick.
She was married to John T. Rogers.
A Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 7, at Ss. Peter and Paul the Apostles Catholic Church in Bradenton. She loved flowers, but memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice.
Mrs. Rogers is survived by her children, including John, Mary and husband David Gallagher, Amy Slicker, Joe and wife Jen, Julie and husband Manuel Hourdakis and Maggie and husband Anthony Cucci; sixteen grandchildren and one great-grandson.
James Harold Williams
James Harold “Lefty” Williams, 92, of Holmes Beach, died Aug. 24.
His parents were William Harold and Mary (Smith).
He was a 1947 graduate of Manatee High School, where he excelled in football, basketball and baseball.
He worked 30 years for Florida Power & Light.
He loved to watch sports and was an avid fisherman and bowler.
He was married to Bette (Sierra).
There will be no local services at this time. Memorial donations may be made to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring at islandturtlewatch.com. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be made to www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Williams is survived by his sons James Alan Williams of Tampa and Myles Harold Williams of Columbia, South Carolina; sisters Joyce and Dorothy; granddaughter Brianna Gordon; and great-grandchildren Avery and Landry Gordon.