Alexander Holt Williamson (referred to as “Alex,” “Allie” or “Al” by friends and family), 33, was born on Sunday, July 19, 1987, to Kenton Lee Williamson and Regina Faye (Sponsler) Williamson in Springfield, Missouri. He departed this life on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 near Cabool, Missouri.
Growing up and living in Cabool most of his life, Alex was well-known for his fun outlook, hilariously unique sense of humor, strong compassion for others, God-given musical talents, generous heart and love for family—especially his two daughters. Although taken too soon, Alex made his life meaningful through helping others enjoy theirs. He was quick to offer a helping hand to anyone in need and had the remarkable gift of accepting people for exactly who they were. If unable to help through words of encouragement, a few chords and a guitar were all he needed to make people feel loved and special.
He had a beautiful life, gaining amazing experiences along the way. He often surprised family by taking last-minute trips to visit friends or hitting the road to sing and play at weddings. He obtained an associate’s degree from Missouri State University, West Plains, while working full-time in the Cabool area. Later he began working as a derrick hand for different oil companies. Alex was known as a rough, tough, “good ole” country boy who earned the respect of fellow co-workers through skillful hard work, never letting the dirt or grease seep into the pride of his hard-working soul.
Hard work and love for family were the two strong values that kept Alex going. He had been laid off from the oil field the last seven months due to a drop in oil prices from the COVID-19 pandemic but kept himself busy by helping care for daughters Olivia (almost three years) and Victoria (seven months). He was determined to keep Olivia protected from exposure to COVID since her little immune system was already compromised. He kept her rather than sending her to daycare when Olivia’s mother, Kelly, worked. The two drove around, ran errands, laughed, worked, played music, sang, danced and visited family and friends together. Alex was so excited after Olivia’s last appointment with the ear specialist because staff told him her progress was off the charts due to parental dedication. The void of his loss will be unfillable.
Alex’s legacy continues through daughters Olivia Paige and Victoria Gray. He is survived by Kelly Bressie Williamson (mother of Olivia) and Kasey Elliot (mother of Victoria); Alex’s mother, Regina Sponsler (Williamson); brother, Andrew “Drew” Lee Williamson and his child Scarlett Grace, age five; Drew’s girlfriend, Amanda Simpler; brother, Ethan Stuart and wife Lorena Stuart; sister, Elizabeth Stuart; maternal grandmother, Vanetta Woods Sponsler; maternal aunt, Melissa Sponsler Clark and husband Brian Clark; cousin, Tara Bennett Anderson, husband Tim Anderson and their son Conrad James; Alex’s father and stepmother, Kenton and Paula Williamson; stepbrother, Nathan Lemming and wife Brandy and their children Chloey, Christopher, Clara and Carter; stepsister, Kara Lemming Vinson and husband Landon Vinson and children Kinnah, Myah and Bria; paternal grandmother, Jean Stoddard Johnson and husband Jim Johnson; paternal grandfather, Harold Williamson and wife Sharon Tate Williamson; paternal uncle, Kelly Williamson and wife Sharon and children Matt Keith. Taira Keith Jackson and Chelsey Williamson McNeley; paternal uncle, Joey Williamson and children triplets Daniel, Josie and Christopher; and paternal aunt, Jill Williamson Rogers.
Alex’s ashes will be spread over the graves of his beloved maternal aunt, Grace Ann Sponsler, and maternal grandfather, Bulas Claren Sponsler, at Bado Community Cemetery in a private family service.
A memorial visitation was held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Cabool First Baptist Family Life Center. Arrangements were under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.