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Dr. James Richard “ Rick” Williamson, of Orangeburg, who practiced obstetrics and gynecology for 30 years, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Orangeburg. The family will receive friends Monday, July 1, 2013, from 5 – 8 p.m. at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home. At other times, friends may call at the residence or the funeral home.

Dr. Williamson was born the son of Harriet W. Williamson and the late John W. Williamson Jr. in Orangeburg. He was a graduate of Denmark-Olar High School and Wofford College, and then attended the Baylor College of Medicine where he received his MD in 1978. He completed his internship and residency at the Medical College of Georgia Affiliated Hospitals. He was a board certified physician by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. He was on staff with the Regional Medical Center since 1983, where he served in many capacities, including Chief of Staff in 1995, and as a member of the board of trustees. He was a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the South Central Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, and the S.C. Medical Association. He was a member of the Orangeburg Rotary Club where he had received the Paul Harris Fellow award.

Rick was a partner in the offices of Williamson and Gillespie, an obstetrics and gynecology practice. Having delivered babies in the Orangeburg community during his more than 30 years of practice he delivered joy to countless families in our community. His ever-present smile, gentle nature and reassuring voice served expecting mothers and fathers as well as anyone else finding themselves in his presence. Rick was an Eagle Scout, active outdoorsman and true steward to the forest lands of South Carolina.

He was a loving father, spouse, brother, son and friend to all.

He is survived by his wife, Tara Ruple Williamson of the home, two sons, Richard Ruple Williamson and Andrew John Williamson of the home, his mother, Harriet Williamson of Denmark, and a brother, Johnny Williamson and his wife Kaki of Denmark. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wofford College, Inez and John Williamson Scholarship, The Office of Development, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303 or St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Capital Campaign Fund, 1980 Columbia Road, Orangeburg, SC 29118.

Please sign the families’ online guestbook at www.dukesharleyfuneralhome.com

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