The Williamson family mourns the loss of its beloved matriarch, Margaret Vivian Yearout Williamson, who passed with family by her side on July 20, 2021, and is now in her Heavenly home with her Lord and Savior. Although she battled hereditary pancreatitis and diabetes for 62 years (passing from congestive heart and renal failure). Margaret was the embodiment of fierce strength and intense determination- truly an inspiration to her family and all who knew her. As a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Margaret will be especially remembered for graceful dignity, kindness, loyalty, and an unconditional love for her family. Born on July 3, 1928, Margaret recently celebrated her 93rd birthday. She recalled meeting, at the age of 16, the love of her life, Earl- with whom she enjoyed 66 years of marriage (until he passed in 2011), five children, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Among Margaret’s greatest joys were family time, flower gardening, quilting, cooking, reading, and watching basketball and football (especially her UT Vols); many hours she spent just sitting on her front porch gazing at her beloved Chilhowee Mountains. She attended Porter High School, retired from the Levi Strauss & Company after 35-year career, and was a longtime and faithful member of Prospect Baptist Church. Margaret is survived and deeply missed by daughters and son-in-law, Vivian Simmons, Peggy Julian, Sharon and Roy Heck; sons and daughter-in-law, Stan Williamson, Stacy and Tracy Williamson; grandchildren, Tywanna and Greg McDaniel, Rodney Simmons (Chattanooga, TN), Toby Boatman (Sumter, SC), Mara Williamson, Sara Williamson; great-grandchildren, Hunter McDaniel and fiancé, Brittany Tipton, McKinley Williamson; sister, Barbara Tipton; and several nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Earl McKinley Williamson; grandson, Terry Boatman; infant granddaughter, Pamela Heck; parents, Mae and John Yearout; brothers, Gilford Yearout and Howard Yearout; sister, Wilma Cutshaw; sons-in-law, Reverend H. Wayne Simmons and Terry Julian. The family sincerely appreciates the Asbury Place Assisted Living caregivers and staff for the gentle and loving care of our mom. We also thank Amedysis Hospice for its kindness and compassion. Friends may stop by to sign the book and pay their respects from 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM Friday, July 23, 2021, at Smith Trinity Chapel. A Graveside Service will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 24, 2021, at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, with Pastor Larry Pugh officiating. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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