The late James G. "Jimmy" Williamson, Sr., founded and opened Williamson & Sons Funeral Home in the Soddy area of Soddy-Daisy in 1950. His family's residence was in the upstairs of the building, while the downstairs served as the funeral home. His two sons, "Chuck" and "Gabby", literally grew up in the business. Their funeral home was one of the first locations in Soddy to have a telephone. People would come to the funeral home to call their relatives, and Army and Navy veterans would call the funeral home to let their families know when and where to pick them up as they returned home from service. Mr. Williamson also had an ambulance service for many years starting in the 1950s up until the 1970s and helped a lot of people through that service. The funeral home was and still is a lot more than just a funeral home. It serves as a community center as well. Even today, people come by to send or receive a fax, to talk and share information, to have a cup of coffee or just visit. Incidentally, the funeral home has the same phone number today.
Jimmy's widow, Betty Coulter Williamson, is the granddaughter of the late R.J. Coulter who established the R. J. Coulter Funeral Home in 1898 in Dayton and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Jimmy started out working for Mr. Coulter in the 1940's. In 1958, Mr. Williamson relocated Williamson & Sons Funeral Home to the Mile Straight part of Soddy-Daisy, and we have been here ever since. Jimmy's two sons, Chuck and the late Gabby Williamson, have continued the family tradition and Chuck is still active in the business and looking forward to serving families in the future. Today our tradition of service continues with Jimmy Williamson II as our President and Greg Gormanson as our Managing Partner. They have worked side by side for many years and both started their careers in the family business at Williamson and Sons. Jimmy and Greg are the only Funeral Directors in our area to work directly with all three of our founding family members Jimmy, Sr, Gabby and Chuck Williamson. They continue to carry on the family business in the manner that has earned your trust since 1950.