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Nancy Williams

August 17, 1950 — October 2, 2020

Born in Norwich, CT on August 17, 1950 Departed on October 2, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation CenterMonday October 12, 2020 3:00pm to 7:00pmTuesday October 13, 2020 10:00am to 12:00pmA Celebration of Life: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation CenterTuesday October 13, 2020 12:00pm
Mrs. Nancy Williams

Born in Norwich, CT on August 17, 1950

Departed on October 2, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Visitation: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center Monday October 12, 2020 3:00pm to 7:00pmTuesday October 13, 2020 10:00am to 12:00pmA Celebration of Life: Alexander Funeral Home and Cremation Center Tuesday October 13, 2020 12:00pm

Nancy Spinks Williams, age 70 of Gallatin, TN, passed away October 2, 2020. Nancy was born August 17, 1950 in Norwich, CT. She is preceded in death by her parents, Alwyn David and Margaret Allen Spinks and brother, David Spinks. She is survived by her husband, Danny Williams; sons, Tate Williams (Laura), Mickey Williams (Tammy) and Bo Williams (Kristen); daughter, Demi Williams Preskitt (Tony); sister, Linda Brown; brothers, Gary Spinks and Stevie Spinks; grandchildren, Elizabeth Williams, Will Barrett Williams, Mckenna Williams, Eli Williams, Ryan Williams, Emmaline Williams and Charlie Wayne Preskitt.

Nancy was a graduate of the Gallatin High School Class of 1968 as well as MTSU after her high school years. Nancy was an employee with Sumner County Board of Education, where she retired in 2008, after 36 years of service. Over the course of her career, Nancy taught at Vena Stuart Elementary, Benny Bills Elementary and Union Elementary and was an active member of the Sumner County Retired Teachers Association after her teaching years were over. She cherished her career as a teacher and had a profound love for all her students. Nancy continued her passion by volunteer reading with students at her grandchildren's schools. She loved dressing up in character on Halloween and giving out treat bags to the local daycare programs. Nancy was fun-loving and always a prankster. She was thoughtful in mailing cards over the years and loved receiving cards herself. Her legacy as a teacher is only surpassed by her love for her children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Funeral Service will be 12:00 noon Tuesday, October 13th from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Pastor Bill Davis officiating. Visitation will be Monday, October 12th from 3:00-7:00 p.m. and Tuesday, October 13th from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Following the service, there will be a private family interment.

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555.

62 Comments James and Linda Downs October 2, 2020 at 11:14 pm - Reply

Nancy was a wonderful person and great friend. She will be missed by everyone. Our prayers go out to her family. James and Linda Downs

Shirley Tramel October 2, 2020 at 11:19 pm - Reply

Nancy and I began our teaching career together at Howard Elementary in 1972 and we retired together in 2008. I have so many fond memories of Nancy through the years. She was an excellent teacher and she touched so many lives in a positive way. I am saddened by her passing but thankful for the fun times we had together. Nancy was so proud of her family and spoke of you often. May God bless each of you during this difficult time and may you be comforted by the cherished memories of your sweet mother.

Shirley Tramel

Carol Smith October 2, 2020 at 11:44 pm - Reply

Nancy was one of the sweetest, kindest and loveliest people I had the privilege to know. She was a beloved member of the class of 1968.

Pat Thacker October 3, 2020 at 12:31 am - Reply

Broke the mold after this gal. RIP sweet classmate

Allen Coker October 3, 2020 at 12:49 am - Reply

Rest in Peace Dear Friend of Many, We all Love You

Carolyn Denney October 3, 2020 at 1:04 am - Reply

I graduated with Linda Spinks.y condolences to all the family.

Jane Huddleston October 3, 2020 at 1:13 am - Reply

My heart is sadden by the passing of this wonderful woman. She will always hold a precious place in heart. I loved Nancy as well as her family. She always had a beautiful smile. To all the family you have such great memories of your mom. It's so hard to give them up. Just remember she has a new body now! You all are in my prayers. Jane Huddleston

Karen McCoy October 3, 2020 at 1:39 am - Reply

Nancy May you Rest In Peace in the arms of the Lord. I enjoyed getting to know you while living in the neighborhood. A very dear sweet and kind lady. You will never be forgotten. ❤️❤️❤️ߙϰߙϰߙϰߙ

Bill and Pat Buntin October 3, 2020 at 1:55 am - Reply

So sorry. What a sweet and kind wife, mother, grandmother and educator. Bill and I were glad to call you a friend.

Lisa B. Green October 3, 2020 at 2:28 am - Reply

Nancy was a kind spirit with a loving heart. Her smiles will be missed by many!

Margaret Lundberg October 3, 2020 at 10:30 pm - Reply

Nsncy was the most caring loving person I ever met. Beautiful inside and out. She was a special cousin and delightful neighbor. I will miss you passing by our house and waving, smiling and honking the horn.I will forever miss my friend. Prayers for this precious family

Betty H Bennett October 7, 2020 at 9:29 am - Reply

The world has lost a true angel. Nancy was one of the most loving and caring people I have ever known. Always had a smile and kind words. Kevan and I send our love and prayers to all of her family and close friends.

Hope Perry Luker October 3, 2020 at 3:14 am - Reply

Nancy was such a sweet person! She was loved by all of our family. She will greatly be missed. Prayers for Bo and all the family. She is at peace now and God has a special place for her and her amazing spirit. She will always have a place in our hearts.

Nancy Glover October 3, 2020 at 3:18 am - Reply

Nancy was a kind and loving soul. She touched many lives and will be remembered for a long, long time. Prayers for the family.

Jerry Durham Rittenberry October 7, 2020 at 2:20 am - Reply

I am so sad to hear of Nancy’s passing. She was a wonderful and caring teacher. Nancy always had a great sense of humor and zest for life. Prayers for her family.

Alethia Perry October 3, 2020 at 3:20 am - Reply

My heart breaks for the loss of such a beautiful soul. Nancy is a beautiful angel, a wonderful mother, grandmother, and teacher to so many that will treasure her always. May you rest in peace my friend. It has been an honor to know you.

Jeff Goad October 3, 2020 at 3:25 am - Reply

What a kind, sweet and wonderful person. It was a privilege to know her. It’s a great loss.

Stevefann October 3, 2020 at 2:29 pm - Reply

A+ person, teacher, parent and citizen. Nancy and Danny have raised a responsible and strong family that have and still do contribute to this community. Cant remember her not greeting with a smile.Society need more like her Rest In Peace. Steve Fann

Janice Haynes October 5, 2020 at 3:24 am - Reply

Nancy. Williams was a wonderful and kind spirit! She was always smiling and no matter where I was she always came up to me and gave e a hug…She was a great friend and a blessing to us all!!! We will miss you Nancy!!
Rest In Peace!

Stacey Durham October 3, 2020 at 11:00 am - Reply

Mrs. Williams was one of my favorite teachers of all time. She taught my first grade class at Vena Stuart in 1979-1980. I was blessed to see her around town from time to time over the years, and she was always the same sweet, kind person that I remembered as a child. May God bless all of the family with peace and comfort.

Jeannie Pierce Amos October 3, 2020 at 2:14 pm - Reply

When I remember Nancy, I always see her smiling. She was a sweet and caring friend in school. May God comfort her precious family through these difficult days.

Margaret Whiticker October 5, 2020 at 4:06 am - Reply

Tate, so sorry to hear about your sweet mother. She sure loved her family! Praying for you during this difficult time.

Barb Walker October 3, 2020 at 2:15 pm - Reply

You were always a joy to work with!!!! Laughter never ended with you!! Your smile is forever engrained in my heart!!

Connie Porter October 3, 2020 at 2:33 pm - Reply

Shocking News this morning to hear a dear friend " Nancy Williams" passed away…. She was always smiling and a wonderful Educated to many during her years Prayers to the Family to be strong and know she loved them so very much…..

Connie Porter October 3, 2020 at 2:36 pm - Reply

Prayers ߙϰߙ for all her wonderful Family and Friends with Love �'�

Cheryl Scruggs October 3, 2020 at 2:46 pm - Reply

One of the sweetest persons I have ever known, Our class of 1968 will miss her sweet smile and wonderful personality. Always laughing, always happy, made our world a brighter place. She will be dearly missed by everyone who ever knew her. Prayers and blessings for her family. Will never be another like this beautiful lady!

Vickie Milliken October 3, 2020 at 2:52 pm - Reply

Loved Nancy�'- One awesome Lady! She will be greatly missed! Lots of Love and Prayers go out to the Family!

Ann Whiteside October 3, 2020 at 3:02 pm - Reply

Nancy was such a kind, loving and sweet person. She was my daughter Erica’s 1st grade teacher in 1984, and we continued a great friendship all these years. She was never my daughter Kelli’s teacher, but you would never know it. She took both of my girls under her wing and was a mentor for both. Whenever we ran into each other she never failed to ask about “her girls” and we would talk for at least 45 minutes catching up – wherever we were. I will miss her big smile, hugs and genuine love and affection. Rest in peace my friend. �'-�'-�'-�'-

Dwayne Thurman October 3, 2020 at 3:34 pm - Reply

I am so sorry to hear this I went to school with Nancy as well, She was a beautiful lady with a wonderful personality. Make the Lord be with her family at this time of sorrow

Samantha & Shay Barnett October 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm - Reply

Our prayers for comfort go out for Ms. Nancy's family. She is a wonderful soul and our neighborhood will miss her!

Rhessa Wilson October 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm - Reply

Nancy was an exceptional person in many ways and always receptive to others-via her smile and kind heart. Nancy taught Carey at Vena Stewart. A mutual friendship through the years, Nancy always asked about Carey. I believe Nancy was loved by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Rest In Peace my friend.

Liz Fuqua October 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm - Reply

Loved Nancy, such a sweet young woman! Have known her at least 40 years. She will be missed. My condolences to her family

Ruthie E. Marshall October 6, 2020 at 6:50 am - Reply

I had the esteem pleasure of meeting Mrs. Nancy Williams in 1992 through Ms. Lynn Nystrom while we worked together in the Volstate Community College Bookstore. Our friendship continued as she became my granddaughter’s mentor/teacher at the Union Elementary Year Around School. The “cream of crop” teachers resided in the 1st year around school in Gallatin. Nancy was truly a pillar for this school and instrumental in helping all the children and parents in their educational endeavors. She loved and cared for every child attending the school.
I will miss her greatly but know that I will greet her again in eternity. To her husband and family, I send my sincere condolences. I shall cherish our humorous stories shared raising sons & and grandchildren. That beautiful smile and those caring eyes always captured our hearts as you made an entrance.
Nancy’s sense of humor was infectious and she never met a stranger. After meeting her you became a friend.

Nancy JO. Martin October 3, 2020 at 9:07 pm - Reply

So heartbroken over the loss of this precious
Friend.. loved by everyone she was the epitome of beauty and graciousness and such a beautiful example Of a lady.. ❤️ߥаߙ
Prayers for all the family

Molly Waggener October 3, 2020 at 10:50 pm - Reply

Nancy was more like my sister than my friend. She was so important to all our family. She was loved and she will be missed!

Gail Daughtry October 4, 2020 at 1:59 pm - Reply

What an amazing legacy Nancy has left. She was an amazing passionate lady that has touched the lives of many. Prayers for the Family.

Mark Deathridge October 5, 2020 at 3:43 am - Reply

When I was about 6 years old my family went to the Spinks family for dinner I am trying to remember who was there, David Spinks worked with my father Owen Deathridge at TVA my brothers and sister and the Spinks children. Where all there. I remember leaving there that evening and remembered having a crush on one of the nice looking teenage girl. When we got hope my mother told me I had a crush on Nancy. I did not even know what a crush was I just knew I was in Love.
Later that summer she was my baby sitter for a few weeks. She took me swimming and to the park. I had lots of fun. Growing like I was I soon forgot my feelings and would only see her once and a long while . Tilt I was grown and married with children of my own. When my wife said that our son would be having Nancy for the first grade. I knew who
she was and then we went to meet her. I was so tickled to meet again and she was just as wonderful sweet and so caring and understanding as I remembered and she did so good with Jacob. We will miss you and love you Nancy. You have more than touched our lives. Our prayers are always with you. Mark,Renee,Jacob,and Luke Deathridge

Tommy Williams October 5, 2020 at 4:33 am - Reply

I attended the old Howard school building for 1st grade. My memories of her teaching my class is still vivid. Not that long along i ran into her at a store. I was so happy. I said Ms. Williams, and she replied back to me Tommy. What a wonderful person she was. She was my favorite teacher. My sincere condolences.

Kay Gregory October 5, 2020 at 12:02 pm - Reply

RIP Sweet Lady, you were my son Dusty’s first grade teacher and he loved you dearly. Even after he graduated he would always come back to see you because you made such an impact on his life. I know he was waiting with open arms to show you around.

Elaine and Bill Donoho October 6, 2020 at 1:14 am - Reply

Our hearts are broken! She was so special and since I didn't grow up here I remember meeting her at MTSU! As I was with Bill a lot of my friends were from Gallatim'. She taught our grandson and was also in the lives of our grandchildren! She has always been an important part of our lives. A bright looking GHS has gone off in Gallatin! We love you Nancy!

Denise Leath October 6, 2020 at 12:59 pm - Reply

So so sorry for your loss. She was such a sweet and precious soul. I know she will be missed by all. There were so many that loved her.

Dana Brown October 6, 2020 at 8:51 pm - Reply

This hurts my heart. My first grade teacher, and my what an impact she had on my life. We even got together years later. She was the best. Sending prayers to her family.

Lisa Stiles October 6, 2020 at 11:41 pm - Reply

My heart breaks to hear of Mrs. Williams passing. I remember summer days at Belvedere Swimming pool. Mrs. Williams was one of the cool moms. Such a great lady. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
God Bless
Lisa Stiles

Patricia Flavin Phillips October 7, 2020 at 1:59 am - Reply

Nancy was a warm, wonderful & friendly individual. A great teacher, she taught some of my boys at Union Elementary. Every interaction I had with her at School, grocery store, track meets wherever…. she radiated such warmth. I wish her family peace & strength during this difficult time.
" To live in the hearts of those we love, is never to die"

Janice Kathleen Perry October 7, 2020 at 2:06 am - Reply

Nancy was one of prettiest girl at school always friends. Sorry for the family

Anita Hinricher October 7, 2020 at 2:15 am - Reply

Nancy was a sweet, friendly person. She made a lasting impact on so many students. My prayers and sympathies for her family.

Richard Hudson October 7, 2020 at 6:02 pm - Reply

Our family will miss Nancy greatly. What a terrific person, Mother, Grandmother, and Aunt see was. Our prayers go out to the boys (and Demi) along with their families.

Lucinda Peterson October 7, 2020 at 6:38 pm - Reply

The Peterson family will surely miss Nancy. Though my family has known her since I was a kid, I enjoyed her even more knowing her as an adult. She taught two of my kids and every time I'd see her she'd ask about all of my family members and then joyously tell me all about her grandkids, who were obviously the world to her, along with her kids and their spouses. It was easy to stop to say hello and end up talking for half an hour because she was so sweet and fun and interested in the well-being of others. We are going to miss those chats. Love to her family from Lucinda, Pete, Krista, Irion, Brooking, Isa and Levi

Leanne Bell October 7, 2020 at 11:37 pm - Reply

She also taught at Howard Elementary. My favorite teacher. The most beautiful person inside and out who made everyone she came in contact with feel special. We can all only strive to live up to the example Nancy set for us all.

Aretha Johnson October 8, 2020 at 11:12 am - Reply

Mrs. Williams was always the sweetest lady with the most beautiful smile every time you saw her no matter where. Bo, you and the rest of the family have my deepest sympathy, condolences and are in my prayers.

Anita Malone October 8, 2020 at 1:32 pm - Reply

I’m so very sad. I absolutely loved Mrs. Williams. She was my first grade teacher at the old Howard Elementary school. She will be greatly missed.

POLLY PERSLEY October 10, 2020 at 3:58 pm - Reply


JAMES E CARTER October 12, 2020 at 2:08 am - Reply

Danny, Mickey, Tate, Bo and Demi, Pat and I are shocked to learn of Nancy. Thoughts are with you all.

Rachel Shelton October 12, 2020 at 7:48 pm - Reply

Love seeing these pictures of her…..always with a smile on her face. She brought so much happiness to so many people. She will definitely be missed. Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Cleo Spears October 12, 2020 at 8:58 pm - Reply

So sorry for your loss. Such a precious lady.Love in Christ Cleo and Shirley Spears

Bonnie Mullinax October 12, 2020 at 10:17 pm - Reply

I am so sad to hear of Nancy’s passing! Sending prayers to her family. I always loved seeing her and will remember her fondly!❤

Jessica Chambers Smithson October 13, 2020 at 3:42 am - Reply

Such wonderful memories of the 7 years I spent at Vena Stuart with Nancy. She was a wonderful mentor to a very young inexperienced teacher. She was a gift to all! Prayers for the family!

Tracy Kincaid October 13, 2020 at 12:50 pm - Reply

I moved in across the street from Nancy just 2 years ago. From day one, she made my son and I realize we picked the best place to live because of her kindness and warmth. She purchased a gorgeous pot of mums on behalf of the neighborhood and snuck it on my porch one day. I had no idea where it came from, but it made us feel so welcome! I soon got to know Nancy and enjoyed our little chats or waves from across the street. I feel blessed to have known her for just two short years – I really wish it was much more. May her beautiful soul rest in peace and her family find comfort in the wonderful years they got to spend together. The video showed what an amazing and fulfilling life she led and how she was so very loved by her family and friends. God rest her soul.

Janice and Mike Dorris October 13, 2020 at 1:14 pm - Reply

A special lady who will be missed by many. My heart breaks for her family and many friends. Truly a loved teacher.

Devin Brooks October 13, 2020 at 2:33 pm - Reply

Nancy was my 1st grade teacher. I absolutely loved her. I asked her on a date when I was in 1st grade and she took me to Dairy Queen. I felt like the most special boy in the world. She was so kind and altruistic. She came to both my brother and father’s funerals. She touched so many lives. Heaven got a good one. RIP.

Connie Perrigo October 13, 2020 at 5:34 pm - Reply

Nancy always greeted you with that beautiful smile. I worked with her at Rucker Stuart but also trailed behind her two years in high school. She will be missed. May God comfort all the family.

Melissa Mcknight October 14, 2020 at 1:23 am - Reply

Nancy was my "softball buddy" and I loved her dearly. She loved her family so much. Rest In Peace friend.

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