Carolyn Rooks Williamson
San Francisco, CA – Carolyn Rooks Williamson, 80, entered into rest early Tuesday morning, April 28, 2015 while visiting her brother in Ellenwood, Georgia. A Celebration of Life service will be held in the James Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00AM Tuesday, May 5, 2015 with Rev. Thad Harvey officiating.
Carolyn was the eldest of six children born to the late Mamie Ruth Wilson Rooks and the late Saint Elmo Rooks, Sr. Born in Stapleton and raised in Louisville, she graduated high school and worked in Chicago before moving to Augusta, where she worked for Dupont at SRS as a draftsman and graphic artist. She married Curtis Williamson and had three daughters. Being an advocate of education, she made sure that her daughters were well-educated and had every opportunity to have a successful life. She was an avid gardener and loved the outdoors in the natural beauty.
Having an adventurous spirit, Carolyn loved to travel and explore new places and experiences—the highlight of her travels was the European trek she made as a young woman. She was happiest at the beach, enjoying the sea and sun. A classic Southern Belle with a quick wit, she was known for her beautiful, luxurious mane, which never failed to draw attention and admiration wherever she went. Above all else, she loved her family and was most content in their presence. Her spontaneous good nature, big hugs and sweet kisses will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her three daughters, Valerie Wilkes in New Mexico, Julie Hock in Australia, and Bonnie Williamson in California; five siblings, Barbara Mims, June Petrosino, Mabel Ensz, Saint Elmo Rooks Jr., and Patricia Rooks; one granddaughter, Jessica Erin Southwell; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at James Funeral Home Tuesday, May 5, 2015 starting at 10:00AM, with the service beginning at 11:00AM.
When I’m Gone
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile,
Just forget, if you can, that I ever frowned
And only remember the smile.
Forget unkind words I have spoken;
Remember some good I have done.
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I’ve had loads of fun.
Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way.
Remember I have fought some hard battles
And won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going,
I would not have you sad for a day.
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay,
And come in the shade of evening
When the sun paints the sky in the west.
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.