Fallen Hero: BG (ret) James E. (Ed) Williamson

Brandon, MS

Funeral Home

Ott & Lee Funeral Home

1360 W. Government St. Brandon, MS 39042


November 23, 2019
8:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Ott & Lee Funeral Home – Brandon
1360 W. Government St.
Brandon, MS 39042



November 23, 2019
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ott & Lee Funeral Home – Brandon
1360 W. Government St.
Brandon, MS 39042

Burial to follow in the Macedonia Cemetery in Mendenhall, MS.



It is with most regret and sorrow to advise that the MS National Guard Retiree Group has lost another great leader and Soldier.  Brigadier General (BG) (retired), James E. Williamson, better known as Colonel Ed, age 88 passed away today, November 19, 2019 and has gone home to his Father in Heaven.  He had been a resident at the Collins, MS State Veterans Home.  He served within the MSARNG as Assistant Chief of Staff, G4 Logistics Officer for the State Area Command (STARC) for the Adjutant General and as Deputy USPFO-MS for numerous years to culminate his career he served as the appointed NGB United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO) for Mississippi during the time period 1984-1990.

Colonel Ed loved playing dominos and cards at the USPFO facility with all the guys during lunch times.  He was always considered a Soldier’s Officer.  He loved Camp Shelby and always spoke of it with his family members even after retirement.  He also loved to play poker at Camp Shelby with all the staff at the old “Block House”.  These were great memories that he always loved to share.

Below is a summary of service for General Williamson’s military and civilian career:

General Williamson was born on December 29, 1930 in Mendenhall, MS.  He joined the Mississippi National Guard on September 5, 1949, while he was attending Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. He was called to active duty on September 5, 1950  during the Korean Conflict.  He was assigned to a basic training battalion as an instructor for new inductees at Camp Pickett, Virginia.  While on active duty, he completed the Medical Aidman’s Course at Fort Sam Houston, TX and subsequently was reassigned to Camp Pickett Army Hospital, where he served as a supply sergeant until October 1953.  On March21, 1954 he transferred to the Headquarters Battery, 115th AAA Battalion.  General Williamson was given a direct commission in this same battalion on March 21, 1954.

General Williamson began his civilian career with the Mississippi National Guard at the USPFO for Mississippi on July 7, 1952 as a clerk typist and subsequently   was assigned as Supply Clerk, 1953; Field Auditor, 1954; Supply Officer, 1955; Logistics Officer, 1964; Supervisory Logistics Management Officer/Deputy USPFO, 1974.  He was appointed as the USPFO for Mississippi on February 14, 1984 and served in that capacity until his retirement on December 31, 1990.

General Williamson’s Military Awards and Decorations include:

  •          National Defense Service Medal
  •         Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal (w/2OLC)
  •          Good Conduct Medal
  •          Armed Forces Reserve Medal (w/2OLC)
  •          Meritorious Service Medal
  •          Army Commendation Medal
  •          Humanitarian Service Medal
  •          Mississippi War Medal
  •          Mississippi Emergency Service Medal (w/8OLC)
  •          Mississippi Longevity Medal
  •          Mississippi School Medal (w/5OLC)
  •          Army National Guard Meritorious Service Medal

General Williamson’s Military assignments included:

  •          Adjutant                                                        21 March 1954
  •          Motor Officer                                                 15 May 1954
  •          Supply Officer                                                5 October 1955
  •          Liaison Officer                                               1 May 1959
  •          Assistant G-4                                                  1 November 1959
  •          Supply Management Officer                        7 October 1962
  •          Executive Officer, 155th Armored Brigade  1 October 1974
  •          Supply Management Officer                          5 April 1975
  •          Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics                     1 December 1978
  •          USPFO for Mississippi                                    14 February 1984


Please keep Colonel Ed’s wife, Jessie and their family in your prayers during their time of loss.  Colonel Ed will be missed within his MSNG family of our MSNG Officers’ Retirees Group and the USPFO-MS Retirees Group.

Rest in Peace Soldier and friend.  We applaud your patriotism and brave efforts in serving our country and your family for their support of your service.  We thank you for your service.   Without your efforts and your families’ support, this country would not stand so bold, shine so bright and live so free.  You now have earned a rest, so go fly with the Angels.  May God look over you and your family.

The Williamson family requests that ILO flowers donations may be made to either of the two following organizations: Calvary Baptist Church, 1300 W. Capital St, Jackson, MS 39203 or to the MS State Veterans Home, 3261 Hwy 49S, Collins, MS 39428.

Funeral services will be held at Ott & Lee Funeral Home, Brandon and the burial service will be at the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Mendenhall, MS.

COL Ed Williamson
COL Ed Williamson