Edith Venita (Reese) Williamson

January 15, 1914June 27, 2019

Edith Venita (Reese) Williamson, age 105, died Thursday (June 27, 2019). She was born in Fairmount, Illinois on January 15, 1914.

Edith was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Paul Henry Williamson; her parents, William and Iona (Woodard) Reese; two sisters, Freda Reynolds and Vivian Smith; and two brothers, Lyle and Donald Foster Reese.

She is survived by two sons, Gordon Williamson & wife Joyce of Elgin, Illinois and Gene Williamson of Kingsport; daughter, Gloria Friedrichs of Kingsport; she will be missed by her children, six grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Edith was a teacher, church member, club member, friend, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother whom lived each day with a joyous attitude and calm acceptance of all life offered.

There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Friday (July 5, 2019) at 11 a.m. in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at a later date at Mount Vernon Cemetery in Fairmount, Illinois.

The family extends a grateful thank you to the staff at Wexford House for their loving and compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers that family requests that memorial contributions be made to Mafair United Methodist Church (1409 East Center Street, Kingsport, TN 37664).

Online condolences may be made to the Williamson family at East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the Williamson family.


  • Gordon Williamson and wife Joyce, Son
  • Gene Williamson, Son
  • Gloria Friedrichs, Daughter
  • Six Grandchildren, Family
  • Fourteen Great-Grandchildren, Family
  • Many Nieces and Nephews, Family
  • William and Iona (Woodard) Reese, Parents - Deceased
  • Paul Henry Williamson, Husband of Sixty-Five Years - Deceased
  • Freda Reynolds and Vivian Smith, Sisters - Deceased
  • Lyle and Donald Foster Reese, Brothers - Deceased

  • Mafair United Methodist Church



  • Celebration of Life Service Friday, July 5, 2019


  • Graveside Service Will Be Held At A Later Date


Edith Venita (Reese) Williamson

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Susan Tichenor

July 7, 2019

Dear Edith, I miss you so much. I miss your laughter, smile and all the stories you shared with me. I will always cherish your memory. I am thankful and feeling blessed having known you. Love you forever my dear friend. I wanted to come to your Celebration of Life, but I did not have a ride, I tried everything so I could be there and see your family one last time. Rest in glorious peace. Until someday we will meet again.
Mary Susan Tichenor

Faye Callahan

July 5, 2019

Sorry for your loss

Megan Byrd

July 1, 2019

Dr. Wayt,
I am so very sorry for your loss❤️ I’m praying for peace and comfort for you and your family! Edith was a beautiful soul and I loved to hear her stories. She will definitely be missed.

Melinda Wells

June 30, 2019

You will be greatly so sorry for your alls loss.edith was a caring person who always asked about my family. I considered her my friend. Soar high my friend with your beautiful wings

Nicole Blakley

June 29, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. I was blessed to know Edith and hear some of her great stories. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and cared for her.

Marsha Way

June 29, 2019

I’m so sorry for your loss , Edith was such a sweet lady , she will be missed.

Louise Osborne

June 29, 2019

So sorry for your loss.. She will be greatly missed....

Shelby Parker

June 29, 2019

Dr. Wayt I am so sorry for your loss . God bless💕

Becky Nidiffer

June 29, 2019

Dr. Wayt, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Becky Nidiffer & June Doyle

Kristie Tyndall

June 28, 2019

She will be greatly missed , sorry for your loss