Hartsville resident and Memphis native Linda F. Williams, affectionately known as Queen, passed away from natural causes on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center, where she was admitted the previous day with a sudden illness. She was 63.
Services were conducted on Saturday, Oct. 13, from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home with her dedicated friend, Eld. Kenneth Edmondson, officiating. Interment was in the Rockvale Cemetery in Cages Bend in the Riddleton Community.
Born Linda Faye Collins in Memphis in Shelby County on Oct. 16, 1954, she was the third of 12 children of the late James Collins Sr. and Ruth Elma Maxwell Collins. A brother, Michael Collins, preceded her in death.
On June 20, 1993 in Nashville, she was united in marriage to Hartsville native Donald Vernell Williams, who survives.
Educated in the Memphis City School system, she was a member of Upward Bound throughout her high school years and was a graduate of Carver High School.
In 1977, she received a Bachelor of Arts and Science from the University of Tennessee at Martin with a major in Journalism.
She was employed as a dietician for over 20 years at Smith County Health Care and the Smith County Memorial Hospital. She was also the dietician at Quality Care in Lebanon. Mrs. Williams later returned to school and received her teaching credentials and taught at the South Side Christian School in Lebanon for many years.
Mrs. Williams gave her life to Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of the Williams Chapel Church, where she served as in many capacities, including Sunday school teacher and singing in the choir.
She was also a member of the Morning Star #4 Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in Memphis.
Surviving in addition to her husband of over 25 years is a son, Jalen “Jay” Williams of Hartsville; mother-in-law, Lucille Woodmore Williams of Hartsville; 10 siblings, Mattie Carter of Memphis, Bettie Collins-Parsons of Memphis, Brenda Love of Memphis, Barbara Collins of Memphis, Sandra Collins of La Vergne, James (Rhonda) Collins of Nashville, Raymond Collins of La Vergne, William Collins of Alexandria, VA, Sola (Unida) Collins of Jonesboro, GA, Calvin (Kristy) Collins of St. Louis, MO; devoted friends, Linda Marshall, Anna Walker, Lettie Davis and Billie S. McKinley, Pastor Kenneth Edmonson, Wanda Timberlake and numerous friends and acquaintances too numerous to mention.