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Wilbert “Pete” Paul Williamson, 89, was born March 3, 1924 in Dykes, Mo., to William Edward and Gladys Lorene (Campbell) Williamson. He passed away Feb. 26, 2014, at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

His parents preceded him in death; as did five of his brothers, Doyle, Roy, Eugene, Robert and Virgil; and one sister, Ruby Reese; and an infant grandson.

Pete is survived by his wife, Verneta Williamson of the home; his children, Kevin Exline and wife, Theresa, of McKinleyville, Calif., Carl Stewart Jr., and Craig Stewart and wife, Chris, of Houston, Mo., Sandra Mathews and husband, Steve, of Amorett, Mo., Kerry Hartman of Houston, Mo., Kathy Stoner of Basehor, Kan., and Lori Lalumia and husband, Mike, of Blue Springs, Mo.; two brothers, Carmel Williamson and wife, Arlene, of Houston, Mo., and Allen Williamson and wife, Elsie, of Burke, Va.; two sister-in-laws, Berdella Williamson of Waterloo, Iowa, and Jessie Williamson of Bucyrus, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pete grew up in the Upton community, attending elementary school at Coffey elementary school and then Houston High School. In August 1944, Pete joined the United States Navy and served during World War II and was honorably discharged June 1946.

Following his service, Pete worked for a lumber mill in Northern California, near Eureka, Calif. He then relocated back to the Ozarks and owned and operated a small lumber mill in Upton, Mo., with his brother, Roy. On June 3, 1994, Pete married the love of his life, Verneta Hale Stewart.

Pete enjoyed watching western films and was particularly fond of and enjoyed the presence of his dog, Cookie.

He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Services were 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the Evans Funeral Home with Brother Ed Williamson officiating. Burial was in Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Craig Stewart, Carl Stewart, Jr., Aaron Scantlin, Randy Reese, Dustin Hartman, Travis Stoner, Ethan Williamson and Clint Williamson. Honorary Pallbearers were Bud Ragain, David Reese, Jerry Stallcup, Ronnie Stallcup, Delbert Campbell and Clifford Campbell. Services were under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Hickory Ridge Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to


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