Dickson Street icon Neill Williamson dies, memorial set for Tuesday

Neill Williamson

Longtime doorman and fixture of the Dickson Street scene Neill Williamson passed away on Friday night. He was 60 years old.

Williamson battled cerebral palsy and later, Lou Gehrig’s disease, but that did not stop him from meeting just about every music lover in Fayetteville while working the door during happy hour at George’s, and at Jose’s on Thursday nights.

If you’ve ever been to a Dickson Street club, chances are Neill checked your ID at least once. As his obituary states, “Neill knew everybody. And everybody knew Neill.”

In addition to being a long time supporter of live music, Williamson was also passionate about the Razorbacks, horse racing and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He also served on the board of directors for the Special Olympics Arkansas, and as board president for Sources, an organization that helps disabled people live independently.

A memorial service for Williamson is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. A reception will immediately follow the service at George’s Majestic Lounge from 5-7 p.m. Memorials in Neill’s name can be made to Special Olympics.