OBITUARY

Mr. Kenny C. Williamson

August 19, 1947November 13, 2012
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Kenny Williamson, born August 19, 1947, was called home on November 13, 2012. A native of Harlem, N.Y., Williamson, served in the United States Air Force in Vietnam, and later graduated from City College of New York City. His coaching career began in Harlem at Intercession and Riverside Churches. Williamson was a well-known fixture at historic Rucker Park in Harlem and was featured in the television basketball documentary “Hallowed Ground,” as well as an NBA-produced film on the Entertainers Basketball Classic in Rucker Park. He spent 21 years as an assistant coach in the collegiate ranks, including stints with legends Lou Carnesecca, Denny Crum and Jim Valvano. Williamson served as an assistant coach at St. John’s, Seton Hall, Columbia and Louisville and was associate head coach at Iona and Florida State under Pat Kennedy. During his college coaching tenure, he worked with numerous future NBA players including Sam Cassell, Doug Edwards, Pervis Ellison, Adrian Griffin, George Johnson, Jeff Ruland, Felton Spencer, Bob Sura, Irving Thomas and Charlie Ward. Williamson worked six seasons (1997-03) as a scout for the New York Knicks before joining the Charlotte Bobcats where he lead the club’s scouting of college and high school prospects while assisting with the team’s international scouting efforts. He also aided in the team’s preparations for the 2004 Expansion Draft and NBA Draft. A respected and well-connected member of the basketball community with over 30 years of basketball experience, had just entered his sixth season with the Memphis Grizzlies serving as Assistant General Manager. Known affectionately in basketball circles as “Eggman”, Williams is survived by his wife, Nicole; his parents, Beatrice Franklin and John Shavuo; three daughters Kim Williamson, Monica Williamson, and Kendra Williamson; two sons Rashad Jones and Dwayne Jones; one brother Gerald Franklin and his wife Sharon; four grandchildren, Reenah Glover, Rory Glover, William Stephens, and Rashad Jones, Jr.; and one god-child Ajmal Basit. The family will receive friends this evening from five o’clock until seven o’clock at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 7289 Highway 64, Memphis, TN 38133. The funeral service will be in the sanctuary of the church on Saturday, the fifteenth of November with Reverend Donald Johnson officiating. Online condolences and floral tributes may be sent to the family at www.memphisfuneralhome.net

Services

  • Visitation Friday, November 16, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 17, 2012
REMEMBERING

Mr. Kenny C. Williamson

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Linda Parker

September 6, 2013

God bless Teresa and Kendra. Last month was full of memories. Kendra misses her Dad very much. He would be so proud of her. She has made the national honor roll. Kenny loved his family but with hs job he never had much time to spend with them. He fought the good fight and tried to fill in the blanks.

Kim Williamson

December 13, 2012

My father was definitely one of a kind. You either loved him or you didn't, and which ever it was he was fine with that. Among many things I will miss his gravely voice and the way he called my name "Sarge" - In all his humaness I will always remember him as a "Good Man" and an awesome Grandfather to my son. Miss you Dad!

Sandy Bright

December 1, 2012

Eggman you will always be missed. Love you!!! Rest in peace

Sandy (Mack Brown)

Lorraine Lewis

November 21, 2012

"My Deepest Condolence to the Williamson Family".

Sandi Haithcox(Barfield)

November 20, 2012

May God bless your family at this time. I attended Laurinburg Institute with Kenny. I will always remember how funny and cheerful he was. May he rest in peace.

November 19, 2012

"My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Williamson family. You left us with so many great memories . You were a man's man always ready share your human resources in the spirit of Each One Teach One. R.I.P."


Arnold Melrose (Mt. Vernon, NY)

November 19, 2012

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Steve Harris

November 19, 2012

I have lost a true friend. Kenny was more than a brother to me. Loved him. RIP.

BarBara Stinson

November 19, 2012

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Debbie Parker

November 19, 2012

My deepeset condolences go out to the Williamson family! Eggman has been a part of my family for the past 31ys of my life, startting at Iona College! He was like a friend and advisor. He was like a father figure to Steve Burtt Sr and and grandfather figure to my son Steven Burtt Jr! Kenny (Eggman), you will forever be missed.
Sincerely
Debbie Parker & Family (Harlem NY / CLT NC)