Richard “Rick” Allen Williamson

Richard “Rick” Allen Williamson, 64, of Bentonville died Wed., Nov.20, 2019 at Winchester Medical Center.

Born April 18, 1955, to the late Richard and Bettie Williamson he had an infectious sense of humor, lifelong passions, a dedicated work ethic, and a deep love for his family and friends.

He loved baseball and never missed a single game or even practice of his kids, calling those years the happiest of his life. He loved racing and building slot cars, eventually creating The Cave Speedway in his basement. Many people credit his track with helping grow the hobby in the area. He loved dirt track racing and the sport NASCAR once was, traveling far and wide to attend races. He loved old school country music. He’d suggest you look up Waylon Jennings’ “The Hunger,” as soon as you finish reading this and thank him later.

He was a strong willed man. A man who fought Stage 4 cancer and died cancer free. A man who made the most of his time, saying he was playing with “house money” despite living in increasing head to toe pain, but never complaining. A man who’d find abandoned kittens and try to nurse them back to health. A man who more than one person considered their best friend. A man who tried to give his children all he felt he lacked. They never went a day of their lives without knowing their father loved them and was only a call away.

He is survived by his sister Vickie Seal and brother in-law Dennis Seal, many cousins, aunts and uncles and a nephew, the mother of his children Denise Mathews, his children Mathew, Carey and Tyler Williamson and his daughter in-law Lisa. His first grandchild is due in May.

A celebration of his life will be held Sat. Dec.7 at the South Warren Volunteer Fire Hall in Bentonville from 6-10 p.m.

  10 comments for “Richard “Rick” Allen Williamson

  1. Michael D Parrill Sr.
    November 21, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Goodbye to my best friend ever.
    Will forever miss you Rick.

  2. Budd Reitnauer
    November 22, 2019 at 3:17 am

    I am so glad to have been a part The Cave racing. It was so neat when the racing was good and Rick would put on his “Promotor’s” hat and root all the racers on. We would also sit together at the Cardinals games in Front Royal as well as travel to dirt tracks from Winchester to Pennsylvania. Rick has taken the checker flag and is an all time winner!

  3. Lloyd Painter
    November 28, 2019 at 4:00 am

    I worked with Rick at ITSI in Front Royal. He was a hard worker and a good friend. Will miss him.

  4. Jeremy Tinsman
    December 2, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    The man that introduced me to slot car racing and became a very good friend throughout the years thank you for all the memories buddy. You will be missed.

  5. Garry Henry
    December 2, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    Will be missed. Rest in peace my friend.

  6. Debbie & Chris Goisse
    December 2, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    RIP my friend. We will surely miss you.

  7. Lynn A Combs
    December 3, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Rest easy my friend.. I will miss you.

  8. Linda Jenkins
    December 3, 2019 at 12:20 am

    Loved the nights we spent at the local speedways. He was always full of life and fun. Finally made it over to The Cave one evening and had a blast. Rick had many friends and was loved by many. I was glad to be one of his friends and will miss the fun at the tracks and our crazy FB conversations. Rest In Peace and will catch up with you later one day!💕

  9. Jeff Yost Sr
    December 3, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Goodbye Racer Rick a guy
    I struck a conversation with a the racetrack and became along time friend and introduced my slot cars and let my dj business be sponsor at Cave Speedway see you on the other side rest in peace my friend

  10. Alan Sagi
    December 3, 2019 at 4:51 am

    Beside of “Good ‘Ole Boy” in the dictionary, there should be a picture of Rick Williamson. RIP my friend.

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