Point of View — Through tragedy, love prevails

Posted On 01 Aug 2013
Harold Williamson Jr. takes a moment with his brother, Nicholas Williamson.

Harold Williamson Jr. takes a moment with his brother, Nicholas Williamson.

by Jonathan McNamara

Franklinton High graduate, Harold H. Williamson, Jr, 27, passed away at the UNC Burn Center, July 16. Services were held July 20 at Union Grove Baptist Church.

The Franklin Weekly previously reported Williamson, Jr. who at the time, was in a medically induced coma at the burn center after a grease fire at the home resulted in third degree burns over 70 percent of his body Dec. 14, 2012.

“They say it would be too painful for him to be awake,” Harold Williamson Sr. stated in an interview.
William Mitchell and his wife, Melanie, hosted a fundraiser to help Harold Williamson Jr.

The chicken plate barbecue findraiser and donations from the the area helped ease the burden of the hospital bills coming in daily.

“We got as much support from Wake County as we did from Franklin and Vance. And White Level Fire Department, Louisburg, really stepped in to help,” Williamson Sr. said.

Williamson Sr. expressed his family’s gratitude  for  all the support and prayers that poured in for his son.
Although the community suffered a tragic loss there is a silver lining.

The public stepped up to help take a little of the burden away from the Williamsons, with hospital expenses piling up daily.
Sometimes as we all move through life we can easily forget a key aspect of what community  really means. Love.

This is exactly what the area did by coming together to help a family in need.  Which is vital to the success of any town.
When you get to witness this in your own town it means so much more.

A group of people living together with love and a desire to help others will make communities stronger.
Youngsville is now stronger because of Harold Williamson, Jr.

James Monroe, left, and the Rev. Samuel Tunstall, right, help baptize Harold.

James Monroe, left, and the Rev. Samuel Tunstall, right, help baptize Harold.