Shirley Louise Williams, 77, of Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 26, 2014, at her residence following an extended illness.
A native of Carter County, she was a daughter of the late James and Lucille Shaw Ritchie.
Shirley was a 1954 graduate of Hampton High School and a retired employee of American Air Filter. She was a member of Unaka Baptist Church.
Shirley loved to play games, work puzzles and spend time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert Ritchie.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, James “Jim” Williams; a son and daughter-in-law, James “Jimmy” and Jackie Williams, Johnson City; five grandchildren, J.D. Williams and wife Tracy, Drew Williams and wife Crystal, Grant Meyer and wife Ariana, Kyle Zimmerman and Austin Zimmerman; two great-granddaughters, Sadie Williams and Emilia Meyer; a great-grandson, Jeramiah Thomas; and a sister, Blannie Sams of Texas. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Williams will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Sherrill Dunn and the Rev. Walker Roberson officiating. Music will be provided by the Rev. Sherrill Dunn. Graveside services and interment will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Happy Valley Memorial Park. Active pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Campbell, Don Williams, Jack Williams and Dr. J and Staff. The family would like to express a special “Thank You” to the Mountain States Regional Oncology Group, Dr. J and Whitney and Mountain States Hospice. To those who prefer, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Williams to the Carter County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 776, Elizabethton, TN 37644 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Lou Cooter, 415 Washington Avenue, Elizabethton, TN 37643. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Family and friends will assemble at the funeral home at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday to go to the cemetery. Condolences to the Williams family may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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