James "Jake" Cleveland Williamson, 70, of Franklin, N.C., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the son of Katie Marie Savell Williamson and the late Theo Edward Williamson.

Jake was a founding member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church where he served as Head of Trustees. He felt he was called to help others; widows and children in particular.

Jake was an artist and sculptor and especially enjoyed working with copper. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed building and playing the dulcimer.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Day Yarbrough Williamson; a daughter, Delice Renee Becton of Philadelphia, Miss.; two sons, Scott Edward Barham of Silver Hill, Ala. and Kyle Brooks Barham of Buford, Ga.; two brothers, Moz "Ed" Williamson of Philadelphia, Miss. and Clay Williamson of DeKalb, Miss.; five sisters, Beverly Scott of Philadelphia, Miss., Vickie Lide of DeKalb, Miss., Carolyn Boozer of Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, Barbara Hitt of Philadelphia, Miss. and Juanita Pope of Philadelphia, Miss.; four grandchildren, Nicholas Alexander, Leah Kathryn Becton both of Philadelphia, Miss., Christopher Scott Barham of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Hannah Abigail Barham of Silver Hill, Ala. and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church. The Rev. Darian Cochran officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Building Fund, Attn: Betty Holland, 93 Kiser Rd, Franklin, N.C. 28734.

Macon Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at maconfuneralhome.com.