King Solomon Williamson, the second child and first son of Saner W. Williamson and Velma Smith Williamson, was born August 28, 1938 in Washington, Arkansas.
King Solomon Williamson, the second child and first son of Saner W. Williamson and Velma Smith Williamson, was born August 28, 1938 in Washington, Arkansas. Solomon was educated in the Hope Public School System, graduated from the former Yerger High School with honors, class of 1955. He was class president and a member of the National Honor Society. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Social Studies from Arkansas AM&N, now The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, class of 1959, and was a member of the collegiate choir. Solomon's professional career began as teacher in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He later taught in Camden, Sparkman and Chidester before retiring in Rosston, Arkansas. He was an accomplished musician who taught music and social studies, and served as choir director at these schools. His choral groups won numerous awards in state high school competition. Solomon united with Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church as a child, singing in the choir and later became the pianist. After retirement, he returned to Mt. Zion as pianist and played for other churches by request until his health failed in 2012. Solomon became a resident of Laurel Place Health and Rehabilitation Center and received daily care with professionalism. His outgoing personality earned his nomination by the residents as the “King of Laurel Place 2013”. Solomon was truly the family's comedian. He could make a joke out of any situation and kept friends and family entertained whenever he was around. He had a gift for “nicknaming” people and situations. Solomon departed this life on June 26, 2013. He is survived by his three sisters, Novis W. Mingo of Athens, Ga., Jovis W. Tuggle of Memphis, Tenn., and Muzette W. Young of Cedar Hill, Texas ; three brothers, Douglas Williamson (Gwendolyn) of Neptune, N.J., Samuel Williamson (Margarett) of Waxahachie, Texas, who made sure he was being properly cared for during his illness, and Augusta Williamson (Pearlette) of Batesville; two nieces; 10 nephews; and a host of students, friends and relatives. Visitation was from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday, July 5, at the funeral home. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Mt. Zion CME Church in Hope. Interment will be at The Academy Cemetery in Washington. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mt. Zion CME Church in Hope. Arrangements are entrusted to Hicks Funeral Home, Inc.