The Reverend Needham Rodgers Williamson, Sr.

The Reverend Needham Rodgers Williamson, Sr.

The Reverend Needham Rodgers Williamson, Sr., 81, passed to his heavenly home on August 31, 2020, following a month’s stay in Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC, due to pulmonary and cardiac issues.  Reverend Williamson was born August 18, 1939 in Lake City, and raised in Kingstree, SC, the 5th child of Maude Buddin Williamson and Albert Otis Williamson.  He was predeceased by his parents, wife Bettine McCutcheon Williamson in September 1996; by three brothers, Oliver (Jean), Louis (Kitty) and Jack Williamson; sister, Katie Williamson, and brother-in-law Frazier Sprawls.  He is survived by his present wife, Roselle Bowman Williamson, sons, Needham Rodgers Williamson, Jr., (Elizabeth); and Lawrence Otis Williamson (Cynthia);  by grandchildren Needham Rodgers Williamson, III (Rebecca), Lauren Williamson, Christen Albert (Kyle), Madison, Sarah Grace, and Michael Williamson and by one sister, Mary Ellen Sprawls, and numerous nieces and nephews.   

Reverend Williamson graduated Wofford College 1961 and Candler Theological Seminary, Emory University 1964 with a Master of Divinity degree (Cum Laude).  He was ordained a United Methodist Minister in the SC United Methodist Conference in 1964 but had felt the call to ministry at about 6 years of age.  Serving 41 years  in the SC Conference in 11 churches, his appointments include Murrells Inlet (Belin), Surfside 1964-67; St. Andrews Parish, Charleston 1967-70; Leesville 1970-74; Cayce 1974-79; Main Street, Greenwood 1979-85; Bethany , Summerville  1985-89; St. John’s Rock Hill 1989-92; District Superintendent – Hartsville District 1992-94; First UMC, Myrtle Beach 1994-97.

He was instrumental in coining the name “UMVIM” (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) as well as being the coordinator and leader of the first SC Conference UMVIM overseas construction project, a medical clinic for the Methodist Church in Jeremie, Haiti.  Reverend Williamson served on numerous boards of the Conference and Methodist facilities.  He was a Lionel train buff and enjoyed restoring vintage Ford Mustangs with friends and his sons.  His fondest memory was being General Manager and Tour Manager of the Wofford Glee Club and touring as one of “Moyer’s Men.”

Reverend Williamson’s philosophy of ministry meant having and facilitating “a sense of God’s presence, a sense of matching gifts with needs, a sense of giving back to God what he’s given to me and a sense of doing what is right and appropriate.”

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 11:00 am at First United Methodist Church, 901N. Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, with The Reverend George Howle officiating, and The Reverend “Big Tom” Brittain and The Reverend Danny Chamblee assisting.  Interment will follow at 4:00 pm at the Williamson Cemetery, Kingstree, SC. 

Memorial donations, in his name, may be made in memory of Reverend Williamson to First United Methodist Church or Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205.

McMillan-Small Funeral Home of Myrtle Beach is honored to serve the family.

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Caroline Richardson Hawthorne
Created On: 09/03/2020 14:52:58

My deepest sympathy to the family of a great,sincere minister and more important a friend and neighbor during his time at Main Street in Greenwood. He always had a great smile ,kind words and encouragement.
Definitely a servant of God.

Kay Stewart
Lancaster, SC
Created On: 09/02/2020 11:13:44

Roselle and family, I am so sorry about the loss of dear Needham. He was not only a wonderful minister, but also a good friend to Harvey and me. May a kind Providence sustain you.

Edward G. Robinson, III
Hilton Head Island, SC
Created On: 09/01/2020 21:08:40

Needham was a friendly and helpful upper class man to many of his junior mates. Always lending a helping hand from the books to sports he was always there. I’m sure many young students gained knowledge and respect thru his teachings as did so many of us in Kingstree.

Elizabeth Reighard
Little River
Created On: 09/01/2020 19:23:13

My deepest sympathy go out to Roselle, his loving, devoted wife and the rest of his precious family. I had the pleasure of meeting Needham a few months back and his gentle spirit and kind soul really touched me. Many prayers of comfort for all who knew and loved him. What a testimony his life was serving his Lord so faithfully.

Regi Thackston
Sumter, S.C.
Created On: 09/01/2020 17:26:22

Yvonne and I grieve with you the sadness you feel at the death of Needham's body. He was a dear friend, a brother, a trusted confidant, an effective minister and a faithful servant of God. "Well done, faithful servant. Enter into the joy of our Lord."

Wendy Smith
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 09/01/2020 16:32:33

My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rev Willamson was a kind thoughtful man. I worked at the veterinary hospital in north Myrtle beach for a time and recall he and his wife coming there with their cat. He was just a wonderful good person and always had such a happy smile for us !
He will surely be deeply missed
Love always

Mieke Nelson
Greenville SC
Created On: 09/01/2020 15:19:39

May all the saints who have gone before sing a hallelujah as they welcome your father into his eternal home. May God hold you in His care as you walk this valley of grief.

Libby Stuart Tucker
Lexington, SC
Created On: 09/01/2020 14:22:49

Lawrence and Rodger- my deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. My prayers are with you and your families during this time. I know how hard this is as Laurie and I just lost Daddy last month- and Lynn in March.

Your dad was a special man and a wonderful pastor. He was and is the model that I have always held future pastors to- and few have measured up to him. As a child at Main St, I remember looking forward to his hugs every Sunday morning.

May God’s peace be with you all.

Susan Guinn
Created On: 09/01/2020 10:51:16

So very sorry to hear this news. Needham was a wonderful servant of our Lord. Prayers go out to all if his family.

Douglas and Joyce Rawls
Created On: 08/31/2020 23:16:30

I am guessing that Mother and Daddy were among the first in line at the pearly gates to greet our precious Needham. Words cannot express what he has meant to our family for three generations. Huge hugs to Roselle, Rodger, Lawrence and all the family. We know he is at peace and the physical struggles are over. As Alisa said "He has his wings!"
We are just so grateful that God made him a part of our lives.

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