Robert Jarome “Bob” Williamson of Blackwell died Wednesday morning, Nov. 14, 2018, in The Renaissance in Stillwater, Okla., at the age of 103 years.
Robert Jarome “Bob” Williamson was born on Dec. 4, 1914, in Batesville, Independence County, Ark., to Thomas Edgar and Ila Gilmore Williamson. He was named after his two grandfathers, Robert Calvin Williamson and Jarome Napoleon Bonapart Gilmore. Bob was the third of six sons.
As a young boy the family lived in several places, including Batesville, Sulphur Rock and Cabot, Ark. At the age of twelve, he moved to Perkins, Okla., with his father and brother in a covered wagon and the trip took fifteen days. They arrived in Perkins on Dec. 15, 1927, and the remainder of his family traveled in a Model-T truck. He attended IXL School before attending Perkins High School where he was active in football, basketball, wrestling and track. His last year of school he served as the school bus driver.
He met the love of his life, Arletta J. Gearhart, at a freshman class chicken roast at Twin Lakes when he was 17 and she was 13. Several years later, on June 15, 1936, they married and in 2012 they celebrated their 76th anniversary. His wife preceded him in death in July 2013. At the age of nineteen, he purchased his first business, a café in Agra, Okla. He worked at many other jobs, including the Stillwater Milling Company, Blackwell Zinc Company, and Deep Rock Oil Company in Cushing. He also owned several other businesses in Stillwater, Blackwell, Tonkawa and Lamont. In 1950 he began Bob’s Grill in Blackwell, serving Blackwell great food and wonderful pies for over twenty-five years before turning the business over to his son.
Bob loved to travel and took his family to visit 46 states when there were only 48 states in America. They also traveled abroad, visiting England and cruising down the Rhine River. Following retirement, the couple became full time winter Texans. They spent time fishing for flounder, walking the beach and visiting with friends.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Blackwell where he served as a deacon. He also held a lifetime membership in the Masonic Lodge. He became a Master Mason on Dec. 20, 1948, and later received his fifty-year pin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arlertta; a daughter, Barbara June Williamson; son, Robert Jerald “Bob” Williamson and daughter-in-law Diatra Williamson; and five brothers, Ovie, Harvey, Bill, Tom and Jarome Williamson.
He is survived by his daughter Carletta Williamson Webb and son-in-law Tom Webb; his 6 grandchildren Tamara Blackburn; Vance and Lori Webb; Melissa and Rick Eulberg; Dacia and Jason Richmond; Acacia and Shane Brueggen; and Drew Constance Williamson. He has 12 great-grandchildren, Tara Johnson; Tiffany McCuistion; TJ Pettit; Christopher Eulberg; Chisteny Snead; Ethan Eulberg; Brayton Brueggen; Bryor Snead; Sabra Brueggen; Lily Williamson; Layton Williamson; Lake Williamson; and four great-great-grandchildren Collier Johnson; Lanie McCuistion; Wyatt Pettit and Layla McCuistion.
A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 21 in the Perkins Cemetery.
Casket bearers will be Vance Webb, Drew Williamson, Rick Eulberg, Christopher Eulberg, Ethan Eulberg and Evan Pettit.
On-line condolences can be made at www.robertsandsonfh.com