Joshua “Landon” Williamson, 13, from Chapmanville, WV, joined his Heavenly Father on Friday, June 4, 2021. Landon was born on June 26, 2007.
Landon was the son of John and Amy Williamson. He was the brother to Ariona Salyers, Jonas Brown, Jacob Levi, and Andrew and L.C. Ball. He was the grandson of Zella Williamson; Doyt (Marlene) Williamson; Keith Varney; and Robert Garza. He was the nephew to Gina (Mike) Lunsford with their children: Alex (Ashley) Chapman, Ben Chapman, Jeff Lunsford, Zach Lamb, & Zoe Lamb; Mia (Drew) Svendsen with their girls: Calli, Emma, & Aubrey Svendsen; Jacob (Mackenzie) Garza with their sweet baby Eli; RJ Garza; Vincent Garza; Emery Keith (Mary) Varney; Mindy Varney; and Megan (Josh) Hagerman. Landon was also loved by a host of other cousins, family members, and friends who live near and far. He was preceded in death by his biological mother Allison Varney, maternal grandmother Annette Doyle, and his Mamaw Catherine Dickinson.
Services will be conducted at Evans Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 6:00pm- 9:00pm. The funeral will be Sunday, June 13, 2021, at 2:00pm, with Jacob Garza officiating. Pallbearers will be John Williamson, Jacob Garza, Talon Thompson, Jett Baisden, Gunner Lucas, Corey Johnson, Zach Holsinger, Jeff Holsinger, Robert Cook, & Nate Easterling; Honorary Pallbearers will be Kaleb Burford, Brendan Bush, Braylon Moore, Bryson Ellis, & Andrew Topping. Burial will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens.
While Landon’s life was seemingly short, he found great and many ways to positively impact the lives of those around him. From the beginning, Landon’s disposition has always been easy going and joyful. His dad always said he was such an easy child to raise. He never caused an ounce of trouble and was never mischievous. He loved to go squirrel hunting with his dad, but he loved coon hunting even more since there were donuts involved!
Because John was a single dad, it took a village to raise Landon. That village was all of Chapmanville. You all had a part in molding Landon into the young man he became. His kind heart was seen in everything he did and in every interaction he had...playing ball, through the years in school, out in town, and at every event he attended. He touched the lives of so many.
Landon had an innate ability to sense when someone needed him to listen and encourage them, especially when they were facing a dark hour. His dad is just now hearing all the stories of how Landon helped so many. There has been testimony after testimony from teenagers and young adults alike where Landon has made positive impacts on their lives.
We all know Landon loved sports, playing and being part of a team. He was a baller! However, as a family, the decision was made to not let sports interfere with his attendance at church. Landon never once complained. He knew it was the right thing to do, even though it was hard to do the right thing.
Landon had a heart of gold! He was so pure and innocent, and his quirky smile was contagious. Landon often looked for ways to quietly serve others. When Amy was updating her driver’s license this past year, Landon initiated a conversation about being an organ donor. His heart was to help those in need. This desire of Landon’s was achieved this past week. Ultimately, Landon’s giving heart and spirit will live on in the lives of those who are the recipients of his organs.
Landon’s story is a story of love. That is clearly seen in his kindness, his courage, his determination, and his servant heart. While we will all miss Landon more than words can ever express, we can carry on his legacy by loving one another. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Evans Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Chapmanville, WV.
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