August 18, 2005
Arthur Warfield Willison died at home Aug. 8, 2005, surrounded by his family. He was born Feb. 4, 1913, to Arthur Puegorman Willison and Isabella Warfield Willison in Cumberland, Md. He was raised by his Aunt Ruth and Uncle Wilson Dodd, due to the early deaths of both his parents.
In his youth, “Cutie,” as he was nicknamed, was an all-star basketball player until an injury took him from the spotlight. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army field artillery and was an officer instructing tank destroyer school. He was the recipient of The American Campaign Medal, The American Theater Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He worked as an accountant for many years before taking over the West Coast area as a perfume sales representative, a job he loved and did well.
He enjoyed life, fishing, ice cream and chocolate cake, but most of all people. More than anything else this gentle man left his mark on the Earth by touching everyone he knew with kindness, respect, much humor and love. The world had the pleasure of his company for a little over 92 years.
He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, but painfully missed by his surviving family.
He is survived by his daughter, jaymee Willison; son, Art Jr.; their mother, Jean; his good friend Art; daughter-in-law, Teri Willison; step-daughter and son, Terry and Tom McCall; grandchildren Shaina, Ely, Summer, Whitney, Casey and Aaron; and great-grandchildren Klarissa, Curran, Chloe and Keane. He was preceded in death by his second wife, Jo, 11 years ago.
His family and friends will be remembering him and the joys of his life at 3 p.m. Aug. 27 at the home he shared with his daughter, jaymee, and Art, 988 Gold Tip Ave., South Lake Tahoe. All are invited.