Ivey Eugene Williamson

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Dec. 7 1934 — April 4, 2018

Ivey Eugene “Gene” Williamson, 83, of Surprise, Arizona died on April 4, 2018 in Surprise, Arizona. He was born on Dec. 7, 1934 to Ivey H. Williamson and Susan Inez Bass Williamson in Lucama, North Carolina.

After graduating from N.C. State, Gene entered the U.S. Air Force and while serving in Keflavik, Iceland, applied to pilot training. After receiving his wings and new flying assignment, he met his future wife, Marlene Andersen, in San Francisco, where she was stationed as a flight attendant for TWA. Gene transitioned to the private sector and flew for Pan American World Airways, traveling all over the world. While flying commercially, he also flew with the Air Force Reserve until retirement. He finished his career in commercial aviation as a United Airlines captain, retiring in 1995 and later moving to Surprise, Arizona.

He was beloved for his fun-loving nature, easy laugh and wonderful sense of humor. He was a world traveler, a Vietnam veteran, a runner and golfer, as well as an avid fan of Major League Baseball and Wolfpack sports.

Gene is survived by his wife of 54 years Marlene Williamson, son Craig Williamson and wife Ann, daughter Krista Williamson, sister Elaine Lamm, brother Donald Williamson and wife Edna Ruth, brother Danny Williamson and wife Lisa and by six nieces and nephews.

A military service and interment is being planned for August 2018 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwariorproject.org.

Condolences can be sent to www.simplycremationaz.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Simply Cremation in Surprise, Arizona.