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MILESTONE: Floyd Allen Williamson

June 15, 1934 - August 27, 2013

Floyd Allen Williamson passed away at the age of 79 on Aug.  27, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. He served as a full-time minister of the Lord’s church for over 50 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Merna Williamson, who passed away in 1991. He had four sons, Floyd, Michael, Robert and  Per; a daughter, Trina Kiefer; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In 1963, Floyd sold his successful lumberyard business in Montana and moved his family to Stockholm, Sweden, where he was a successful missionary for six years.  
Upon returning to the United States in 1969, Floyd preached at the Southeast church of Christ in Washington, D.C., for 17 years. He was a very effective preacher. Initially small, Floyd helped it grow to become one of the largest Churches of Christ in the area, and he helped build their new building. It was very unique for its time among churches in that its membership was racially and ethnically integrated — even in the leadership of elders and deacons. In addition, he helped the church develop their own Sunday school materials, preached a weekly radio program “What Does the Bible Say?” with a huge listening audience and developed his own “slides” of Bible passages for his sermons and projected them on the three front walls of the auditorium.  
In 1987, he moved to Louisville, Ky., where he served at the Taylor Boulevard Church of Christ for a few years, until he helped them merge. Floyd also preached at the Bonaventure Church of Christ, where he helped direct and teach in the Bonaventure Christian School.Floyd served as a volunteer chaplain for the Louisville Police Department for 17 years, receiving many awards and commendations. Floyd spent the last decade of his life as the associate preacher at the Midwest Church of Christ in Louisville, where he taught weekly in the prison ministry.
Floyd taught, baptized and influenced many people for the Lord. He trained numerous brethren how to teach the Gospel, and some became fulltime preachers. His legacy includes a son and two grandchildren who are full-time preachers: Floyd M. Williamson, D.Min. at the Silver Spring Church of Christ, Md.; Eric A. Williamson at the Chestmont Church of Christ, Pottstown, Pa.; and Carl A. Williamson at the Gateway church of Christ, Holmdel, N.J.

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