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WilliamsonAug 25, 1918 - Jan 10, 2013 GRIDLEY, KS Mitchell L. Williamson, 94, Gridley, KS, died on January 10, 2013, at the Coffey County Hospital in Burlington, KS. Mitchell was born on August 25, 1918, in Tahlequah, OK, the son of John Mitchell and Ella Evans Williamson. On April 3, 1941, he married Bernice Olivia French in Shawnee, OK. She died on May 22, 2003. Mitchell grew up in Oklahoma and Texas. After graduating from Capitol Hill High school in Oklahoma City, he attended Oklahoma University. He served in the Fifth Air Force 1st Fighter Control Squadron during World War II. A ship, the Cape San Juan, was attacked and sunk in the Pacific by an enemy submarine. Mitchell was one of the last survivors to be rescued by a sea plane. He was a decorated veteran with four medals, including the Purple Heart. After the war, he started out working as a newspaper proofreader and advertising copy writer. He later became president of the Humphrey Williamson Gibson advertising agency in Oklahoma City. After retirement, he worked in real estate sales. In his later years, he became an avid investor, and many people sought his advice. Mitchell had a deep bass voice and for many years, sang in the choir at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Oklahoma City. Mitchell was an author. He wrote a book on motorcycle safety, which is still available on Amazon, and also a children's book. He and Bernice were amateur clowns, who entertained at schools and local events. They even had a clown car. He was preceded by his parents; his wife, Bernice; and two brothers, Neal and Darrell Williamson. Mitchell is survived by his son, Michael E. Williamson, Amherst, MA; a daughter, Linda J. Swift, Bedford, TX; five grandchildren, Lorie and Ross Williamson, Kerri Maynes, Shanda Brody, and Nathan Simmons; ten great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends. Mitchell was cremated as were his wishes. Memorial Services will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013, at the Gridley United Methodist Church, Gridley, Kansas. Inurnment will be in the Gridley Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Friends of the Coffey County Hospital, and may be sent in care of Jones Funeral Home, P.O. Box 277, Burlington, KS 66839.

Published in The Oklahoman on Jan. 15, 2013
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