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In Memory of

Wayne Robert Williamson

September 18, 1948 - September 10, 2017

Obituary


Wayne Robert Williamson, Lt. Col. (USAF retired) 68, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on September 10, 2017 in the peace and comfort of his home surrounded by those he loved.

He was born on September 18, 1948 in Elmira, New York. He was the first son of the late Willis Malean Williamson and the late Virginia Anne (Talasleian) Foster.

Wayne was the loving husband of Sandra Jean Martin for 49 years and the greatest pride in his life was his two children; Tara and Chane. Spending time with his family brought him...

Wayne Robert Williamson, Lt. Col. (USAF retired) 68, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away on September 10, 2017 in the peace and comfort of his home surrounded by those he loved.

He was born on September 18, 1948 in Elmira, New York. He was the first son of the late Willis Malean Williamson and the late Virginia Anne (Talasleian) Foster.

Wayne was the loving husband of Sandra Jean Martin for 49 years and the greatest pride in his life was his two children; Tara and Chane. Spending time with his family brought him great joy. He was a warm and loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was extremely patriotic, ethical and moral in all aspects of his life. He was an avid runner. He participated in marathons and triathlons sometimes in foreign countries. He loved college football favoring both Virginia Tech and Alabama.

After Wayne graduated from Horseheads High School in 1966, he received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo through the Air Force ROTC program and was the last cadet to be commissioned there in 1971. He received his Master's degree from Troy State University and later earned an ABD from Cornell University in 1979.

Wayne proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for almost 41 years. He completed pilot training at Craig AFB, Selma, Alabama in 1972. He remained at Craig AFB for four years as a T-37 instructor pilot and flight examiner with the 43rd Flying Training Squadron.

In 1976 he became an Assistant Professor with the Air Force ROTC detachment at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He was in charge of the Air Force flying program for the undergraduate ROTC cadets.

Wayne was assigned to Sembach, AFB Germany in 1980 where he served as an OV-10 instructor pilot, flight commander and functional check-flight pilot with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron. He later became an executive officer and instructor pilot with the 601st Tactical Air Support Group.

He was honored to be selected to serve as Air Officer Commanding of the 26th Cadet Squadron at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1983. Wayne was also chosen to lead the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Drum and Bugle Corp. His final year at the Academy he was an instructor in the Department of Management.

His only remote assignment was to the Fifth Tactical Air Control Group, Osan, South Korea, as the Assistant Director of Operations. This was Wayne's last flying assignment.

Wayne's last active duty assignment was as Chief of the Doctrine Division at Air Combat Command, Langley, AFB, Virginia. He served in support of Operation Desert Shield/Storm from 1990 to 1991. He became Deputy Director of the Air Force Doctrine Center before his retirement in 1994. He went from active duty to civil service as a Research Analyst for the Air Force Doctrine Center. In 2004, the Air Force Doctrine Center was relocated from Langley, AFB to Maxwell, AFB, in Montgomery, Alabama. He transferred to Maxwell, AFB to eventually become Chief of the Joint and Multinational Doctrine Division at the Curtis E. Lemay Center for Doctrine Development and Education until his retirement March 30, 2012. At his retirement ceremony he was awarded the "Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award".

Wayne was proud to have completed the Army Airborne Parachute Jump Course at Fort Lee, Virginia, having earned command pilot wings for over 1000 hours of flying time, and many other achievements during his Air Force career.

He was predeceased by his stepmother Florence Eleanor (Manley) Williamson, his younger brother Richard Mark Williamson and a brother-in-law John Allen Conner Jr.

He is survived by his wife of Sandra Jean (Martin) Williamson; a daughter, Tara Jenae (Williamson) White and her husband Robert of Atlanta, Georgia; a son, Chane Richerd Williamson and his wife Carolyn of Jamesville, New York; two granddaughters, Tyler Cameron Speaks, of Atlanta, Georgia and Katherine Jeanette Williamson, of Jamesville, New York; three grandsons, Brennan Chase Speaks, of Atlanta, Georgia, Kieran Chane Williamson and Cameron Ronald Williamson, both of Jamesville, New York. He is survived by a brother, Mark Taylor Williamson, of Grand Island, New York; four sisters, Cheryl Ann (Williamson) Sasseville and her husband Peter of Oshawa, Canada, Sharon Lynne Conner of Austin, Texas, Toni Michelle Prevette of Los Angeles, and Susan Marie Stedge and her husband Mark of Pine City, New York; plus nieces and nephews; a great niece and great nephews.

The family extends a special thank you to the Hospice Atlanta Visiting Nurses team for their care during his illness at home the past two years.

Visitation and Service will be held H.M. Patterson & Son Arlington Chapel 173 Allen Road NE, Sandy Springs, GA at 10 AM on Saturday, September 16th, 2017. A military burial with full honors will immediately follow at Arlington Memorial Park cemetery 201 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, GA. A life so beautifully lived deserves to be beautifully remembered.

Donations can be made to CurePSP in memory of Wayne R Williamson: https://www.psp.org/iwanttohelp/ways-to-give/