Funeral services for Alvin Demark Williamson age 62 of Chicago, Illinois formerly of Washington, Arkansas will be held Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:00 am at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Harold Massey officiating and Rev. Floyd Trotter Eulogist Burial will be in Mt Moriah Cemetery Washington, Arkansas with services provided by Brandon's Mortuary, Inc.
Alvin Demark Williamson was born on July 2, 1951 to Demark Williamson and Mattie Bell Booker-Williamson in Washington, Arkansas, the second of two children born into this union. Both parents preceded him in death.
Alvin spent his childhood in Washington, Arkansas under the loving and watchful eye of his paternal grandparents Zozellier and Lee Wesley Williamson.
Alvin’s illustrious academic career included a high school diploma from Lincoln H.S. in Washington, AR. After high school he attended the University of Arkansas and later earned a Bachelor’s of Art’s degree in Computer Science from DePaul University. Alvin also returned to earn an MBA from DePaul University’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Alvin’s extensive professional career included positions that began with the First National Bank of Chicago and eventually other major banks in the Chicago area. During his tenure in the banking industry he held executive management positions, including Vice President. At the time of his death Alvin was the Business Development Manager for the City of Chicago’s Department of Innovations and Technology.
Alvin also earned several professional affiliations. He was a member of the Project Management Institute and a certified Project Management Professional. He was an active “DD” alumni of DePaul University, honored and humbled to be an invited lecturer for undergraduate students. Al was conferred the dignity of Chevalier by The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem. (KTJ). The organization which seeks to emulate the chivalric and charity traditions of the original Templars. Its members apply themselves energetically and selflessly to Christian charitable endeavors.
Alvin met Rita E. Morris of Fulton, Kentucky while both were working in Chicago, IL. They later married on October 12, 1985. To this union they welcomed their daughter Nneka, who joined her big brother, Eric Alvin’s oldest child, and his wife Deronia.
Alvin was a loving and devoted husband and father to his wife Rita and his children. He was also a deeply loving son, uncle, cousin, and friend to a host of people who loved him in return and we will sorely miss him. His loved ones celebrate the life he lived so fully and are grateful to have had him in their lives.
He leaves to celebrate this well-lived life: his wife Rita; daughter Nneka, son Eric ( Deronia) of Wake Village,Texas ,sisters, Sharlett Jefferson (David) of Nashville, AR; Renee Harris (Mack), of Bolingbrook, IL, Veronica Forest and Tonisha Forest of Chicago, IL; brothers, Ray Williamson (Sheila), Kennon Forest, and Tony Forest, all of Chicago, IL., an aunt Victoria Williamson Gamble of Texarkana, AR, and aunt Dorotha Williamson of Nashville AR, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and colleagues.
“Al was full of love and very dedicated to the studies of the word of God. At an early age he professed Christ as his Lord and Savior. Al devoted much of his time to studying the Bible. He was a dedicated deacon in the church, as well as a phenomenal Sunday school teacher. He devoted a significant amount of his time in missionary work. Al’s missionary work included ministering to the sick, shut-in, homeless, and others he met in need. Al was generous in sharing prayer, good deeds, the Word of God, and monetary gifts. A family man who supported others, he was a giver and would often would say to me, “Thank God I am on the side of being able to give to others, for only by the Grace of God there go I!” Alvin was fluent in the Word of God and was able to quote scriptures for people fairly quickly given their needs. He loved me and his children and was protective of his family, a true "maverick man”. Alvin was truly a ‘Vintage dad’ & husband, so rich in God, a distinguished, complex man of extraordinary quality. We were truly blessed to have found one another although we were like yin and yang, A & Z we brought balanced to each other!”
~ Rita Williamson ~