Mr. Slim Williamson   86
of Jefferson

Mr. Bradley “Slim” Williamson, age 86, of Jefferson, Georgia and the Arcade Community, entered into rest Wednesday, December 25, 2013. Mr. Williamson was born in Jefferson, Georgia, the son of the late George Owen and Ruby Mae Anglin Williamson. Slim started his career in Radio and the Country Music Industry as a popular Georgia Radio Disk Jockey in the 1950’s and 60’s at WIMO in Winder, Georgia where he was known as “Slim from Horse Creek” and as a part time performer in “Slim and the Georgia Peach Boys.” Mr. Williamson built and owned radio stations in Cleveland, Louisville, Washington and Jackson, Georgia, as well as in South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama. He later developed one of Country music’s first and most successful major independent record labels, CHART RECORDS. The label eventually obtained an international distribution deal with RCA Records. Slim discovered numerous talented young recording artists including Lynn Anderson, Junior Samples and Ronnie McDowell. He produced many top ten records in the 1960’s and 70’s according to Billboard and Cashbox Magazine’s country music charts. Slim went on to develop music publishing companies, including Yonah Music (named after Yonah Mountain in North Georgia) which was sold to Acuff-Rose Publishing Company. Slim’s music publishing companies earned numerous BMI, ASCAP and SESAC publishing awards. He published such songs as “Strangers” written by Liz Anderson and recorded by Merle Haggard, who later named his band “The Strangers”. After retirement, Slim and Merle, his loving wife of 65 years, returned to the Arcade Community in Jackson County, Georgia where he was born and raised. He became a successful Real Estate Developer in the Jefferson, Georgia area and was an avid gardener who enjoyed operating a nursery for many years. Slim and Merle were known for their lavish Christmas light display that covered 5 acres of land at their home in Arcade, Georgia. The display brought viewers from miles away and was a constant reminder of the true reason for the holiday. Slim found joy in the happiness of others and in spending time with his family and friends. He and Merle enjoyed a long and happy life together. Indeed a life well lived.

Slim is survived by his wife Merlene Edins Williamson of Jefferson, son and daughter in law, Cliff and Cindy Williamson of Nashville, Tennessee, daughter and son in law, Brenda and Bob Rice of Madison, son and daughter in law, Marty and Cathie Williamson, Athens, grandchildren, Courtney Tidwell, Jennifer Randolph, Steven Sanders, Samantha Nelms, Velvet Gregory, Amber Kopp, and 7 great grandchildren.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Chapel of Evans Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Dennis officiating. The burial will follow in the Williamson Family Cemetery with Steven Sanders, Ricky Conner, Randy Moore, Bob Rice, Drew Bray and Colby Kopp honored as pallbearers. The visitation will be held on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 from 6-9pm at the funeral home.

Evans Funeral Home Inc., 1350 Winder Highway, Jefferson, Georgia. 706-367-5467.

To learn more about Mr. Williamson’s career in the Music Industry, please visit www.chartrecords.net

 

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