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Shellie O. Williamson

February 18, 1927 October 14, 2014
Shellie O. Williamson
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PEORIA - Shellie O. Williamson, 87, of Peoria, passed away in his sleep at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Bickford Cottage, 2000 W. Willow Knolls Drive, where he had been a resident since 2010. Shellie was born Feb. 18, 1927, in Wedowee, Ala., the fifth of seven children born to James Albert and Mammie (Craven) Williamson on their dairy farm. He married Carolyn J. Anthony in 1947 in Mobile, Ala. They were married for 40 years and had one child, Vicki Angia Williamson Carius. He is survived by his daughter, Vicki; and grandchildren, Stephanie Lauren Carius of St. Louis, Mo., and Brian Timothy Carius of Denver, Colo. He is also survived by two brothers, Preston Williamson of Atlanta, Ga., and Zenas Williamson of Wedowee, Ala. He married Lois Hastings, director of development at Bradley University, in 1994. She passed away in May 2007 from pancreatic cancer at their home in Naples, Fla. Shellie was a lieutenant in the Army, serving in their Corp of Engineers in France. He graduated from Auburn University School of Engineering in December of 1950. He then began a 42-year career at Caterpillar, ending in 1992 as assistant director of engineering. He served as president of the Society of Automotive Engineering and was chosen as their Engineer of the Year in 1986. He has two patents registered in his name with Caterpillar. Shellie was an Auburn Tiger football fan. He was also a tennis competitor and was president of Willow Knolls Country Club and a member of the Clubs at River City. He was a Deacon at First Presbyterian on Hamilton Blvd. Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Wright & Salmon Mortuary. Rev. Bill Cordes will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to service at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Central Illinois, 606 West Glen Avenue, Peoria, Ill., 61614. Tributes and condolences may be submitted to www.wrightandsalmon.com.

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