Frank Pieri “Frankie” Williamson died Saturday, August 3, 2013 at UTMB. Frankie was born August 27, 1932 at St. Mary Hospital, the younger of two sons born to Odette Pieri Williamson and Richard P. Williamson, Jr.
A life-long Galvestonian, he attended San Jacinto Elementary, Stephen F. Austin Jr. High and Ball High School, graduating in 1949. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1953 and subsequently received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from Loyola. After graduation, he worked at the family business, Broadway Drug Store, which was founded and opened by his father in 1926. He then served as a pharmacist in the U.S. Army, was stationed at Fort Huachuca, AZ, and returned to the family business after discharge. In 1964, the family opened the Professional Building Pharmacy, which Frankie operated until 1998 when it was sold to Eckerd’s Drugs. He continued to serve his many customers by working part-time at Moody House, Mainland Pharmacy, and 4Cs Clinic.
Elected to the board of American National Insurance Company in 2004, he served as a Director of the Moody Endowment and a Director and Member of the Audit/Compensation/Finance Committee of Transition Learning Center at Galveston. He also served as a Director on the Executive and Governance Committee of ANICO of New York, SM&R Investments, Inc., and American National Investments Accounts.
Frankie was active in civic and volunteer activities for many years. He was actively involved in many political campaigns and was known to vigorously support or oppose various bond issues; his advice and insight was sought by many. He originated the campaign, Jobs For a Better Port, and served on the Boards of the: Galveston Independent School District from 1962 to 1971, including one term as President; the O’Connell School Board, Galveston Savings and Loan; and the Emergency Medical Ambulance Service Board. He was a Past President of Galveston Rotary Club, the Indian Beach Tax Reinvestment Zone Board and Junior Baseball Booster, Inc. In retirement, he continued to serve with Meals on Wheels and was selected as an Unsung Hero by the Galveston County Daily News.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane Hawkins Williamson, and five daughters and their husbands: Linda and Paul Bohn, Beth and John Bistransin, Susan and Bill Brossman, Ann and David Frank and Sharon and Scott Travis. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren: Frank and Allison Bohn, Katie, Christa and Stephanie Bistransin; Brittany, Brass and Brooke Brossman; and Matthew and Kyle Travis.
Other survivors include: step grandchildren Kathy Bohn Allen, David Bohn and Ryan Frank; sister-in-law Rita Williamson and family; cousins Yvonne Trochesset and family, Andrea Sunseri and husband Carroll and family; Patricia Collins and family; Ellis Williamson and wife Betty; brother and sister-in-law Jerry and Ann Hawkins; and a host of friends who will miss his help, his advice and his friendship.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard “Dickie” Williamson, mother-and father-in-law Marvin and Dorothy Hawkins, and nephews David Williamson and Greg Hawkins.
Pallbearers are Paul Bohn, Frank Bohn, John Bistransin, Bill Brossman, Brass Brossman, David Frank, Ryan Frank, Scott Travis, Matthew Travis, Kyle Travis, and Sonny Milos.
Honorary pallbearers are Robert L. Moody, Sr., E.J. Pedersen, Cotton Gottlob, Murray Proctor, David Tabaracci, Rich Sanders, Jack Collier, Ross Novelli, Thomas E. Cook, III, and members of the Wednesday West End meeting group.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels or a charity of your choice.
We will miss you Frankie, we love you Daddy, and we love you Boom Boom!