SPECIAL TO THE DAYTONA TIMES
Katie Ruth Williamson, the matriarch of one of the city’s well-known Black families, died on Nov. 24 in Daytona Beach. She was 87.
Born on April 2, 1928 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, she was one of seven children of the late Benjamin and Zelena Putney Williams. On June 5, 1947 she married the late Grover C. Williamson.
To this union, seven children were born-six surviving, one deceased.
Katie Williamson was affectionately known as “Miss Katie” throughout the Black community, particularly to her neighbors who lived in the vicinity of her Hudson Street home located in the Daytona Beach Housing Authority’s Palmetto Park housing development, now popularly known as “PPU.” She raised all six of her children there.
Most of her working career was in domestic work. Her meticulous housekeeping skills paved the way for her children’s individual successes. She loved reading, solving crossword puzzles, cooking and traveling.
“She had a wonderful sense of humor and positively embraced life,” her children told the Daytona Times. “Her entire life centered around her children. We loved her and appreciated her dearly.”
Survivors include three sons: Cleveland Williamson (Delphine) Palm Coast; Frank Williamson, Daytona Beach; Percy Williamson (Carmen) Daytona Beach; three daughters: Ruth Williamson Moore (Seziel); Daytona Beach; Ann Williamson Williams (James) Daytona Beach; and Peggy Williamson Turner (Ira) Jacksonville.
She also leaves a host of grandchildren: Tracy, Janine, C. Cory, Anita, Taneesha, Tina, Frank Jr., Dante, Cheleasa, D’Artan, Eric (deceased), Nicole, Percy II and Daniel Williamson; Kimberly Wilson Butts, Jeanae Williams Pate, Aja Williams Torrence, John Tucker Jr., Jason Tucker, Ira Turner II, Sophia Tucker, Sycloria Moore, Vernita McBride (deceased) and Angela W Wiley; 40 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-grandchildren; one goddaughter, Gwendolyn Williams Jenkins; best friends Ms. Maybelle Whigham of Houston, Texas and Mrs. Rose Turner of Jacksonville; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.