Kate Ledbetter Williams was lifted by song and love as she left this world and went on to be with her husband, Frank, in heaven.
She was the epitome of a true southern lady — gracious, hospitable, and inviting to any and all to her table, “such as it was” and gave shelter to any in need. Her fried chicken and sour dough bread were only two of the many dishes that everyone loved. She touched the lives of so many people throughout her long and eventful life. She was a tireless member of the Monday Club, the garden club, the Appalachian Girl Scout Council, and was an elementary school teacher and a hostess to many East Tennessee State University faculty teas and luncheons. She was active in college and university life for the last sixty years. She was a member of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Johnson City and taught Sunday school for many years. She loved the visits and singing of the children on holidays at her home, led by Reverend Christina DowlingSoka.
The First United Methodist Church in Savannah, Tennessee was her hometown church, and where she and her husband spent their first date. Katie Williams was born October 11, 1915 in Saltilla, Tennessee and moved with her family to Box Elder, and later Savannah in Hardin County. She attended school in Box Elder and Central High School, then attended Martin Methodist College on a scholarship.
Faith and family were paramount to Miss Kate. She was mother to Patricia Jane Williams of the home and Frank Broyles Williams, III and wife, Debbie Byrd Williams, Kettering, Ohio. She has two cherished grandchildren, Graham Cowden Williams, Denver, Colorado and Molly Katherine Williams Edington, husband Matthew Edington, Dayton, Ohio.
She is survived by her sister, Anna Mary Ledbetter Byrum, niece Mary Ann Byrum Hollins, San Antonio, Texas; brother, Alex MacDougal Ledbetter, wife Mary Ruth, Waynesboro, Virginia, their sons David. and Bill and his wife, Wendy; brother, Roy Ledbetter, wife Linda, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, their children, Jeanie Godsey, Scott, Neal and their families. Sisters in-law, LuraMae Ledbetter and Laverne Ledbetter; nieces, Nancy Ledbetter Powell, Martha Ledbetter Wolff, Mary Lee Ledbetter Dobbins, Sandra Moore, Mary Agnes Ledbetter, their families; and nephews, Sidney Ledbetter, Jim Ledbetter, and their families.
She is preceded in death by her husband Frank Broyles Williams, Jr; her parents, Annie Agnes MacDougal Ledbetter and James L. Ledbetter; brothers JoeNeal Ledbetter, Jim Ledbetter, Edwin and his wife, Lynn Ledbetter, and Sidney Ledbetter.
She is remembered by her sweet friends, Jean and Tommy Copeland, Darla Dye, Helen Willen, Ashley Frye and Hutson Frye, Christina DowlingSoka, Brian Taylor, Dwayne Baird, Diane Callahan, Debbie Hinkle, brothers and sisters of her church, and many CNAs, nurses and caregivers that held her hand in love and friendship.
She will be greatly missed.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Children’s Education Ministry at Munsey Memorial Methodist Church or to the Crawford-Williams scholarship fund at East Tennessee State University.
The funeral service for Mrs. Williams will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. in the sanctuary of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. Brian Taylor and Rev. Christina DowlingSoka officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. in the Christian Life Center of Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Morning prayers, visitation and commital service will be held in Savannah, Tennessee on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at Shackleford Funeral Home.
Appalachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City is serving the Williams Family (423) 928-6111