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Obituary – Anne Kellam Nicks Williams Rochelle




Anne Kellam Nicks Williams Rochelle, born September 17, 1930, passed away on March 30, 2021. She was the widow of the late James M. Rochelle. She was born and raised in Dickson, TN, the daughter of Carl and
Ida Clement Nicks.

She was a 1948 graduate of the Ward-Belmont Preparatory School in Nashville. After marrying the late Dr. John O. Williams, Jr., she travelled the world as the wife of a Marine. She lived for a period of time on the Isle of Bermuda, one of her fondest memories that she loved to share with friend and acquaintance alike. Once her husband graduated medical school, they settled in Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee, where they raised five sons.

She was very active in the community, the DAR, and with First United Methodist Church of Mt. Pleasant. A woman who truly valued southern traditions and proper presentation, she was known in her family for her delicious sweet tea and incredible coconut and caramel cakes. She never met a stranger and was known for her outgoing and engaging personality. After her boys were grown, she joined her second husband in business, helping to run Broadway Discount Liquors in Gallatin, Tennessee, for over 20 years. She was the type of strong, Southern woman who was just as at home at a dinner party for 20 as she was behind the counter at her family business. She will be remembered for her hospitality, love of entertaining, and the kindness she showed everyone she met.

Survivors include her sons, John Orlando (Kay Kay) Williams, III, Lee Clement (Pam) Williams, David Walton (Theresa) Williams, and Thomas Allyn Williams; her daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Davis Williams; grandchildren, Dr. Rosemary Williams, Rebecca Anne Williams (Eric) Hughes, Carol Parks Williams (John) Carnahan, Walker Davis (Sarah) Williams, Ross McKelvey (Chelsea) Williams, Bevin Anne Orlando Williams (David) Lyle, Lee Davis (Mary Katherine) Williams, Ashleigh Brooke (Lee) Colvett, Wesley Adam Williams, Taylor Allyn Williams, David Walton Williams, Jr., Kimmy Lee Williams (Anthony) Bardwell, Buie MacAlester Williams, John Ireland Williams, Benjamin Fox Williams, Luke Ross Williams; great grandchildren, Hooper McKelvey Johnson, MaryKannon (Chris Martin) Johnson, Annabelle Grace Carnahan, Linton Alexander Hughes, Amelia Sloan Carnahan, Eden Elizabeth Carnahan, Bennett Locke Hughes, Hardin Isaac Hughes, Lucy Pink Carnahan, Emma Grace Williams, Jackson Parks Hunter, John Nicks Williams, Evelyn Ruth Colvett, Josiah Douglas Carnahan, Maury Lee “Tripp” Colvett III, Knox Lane Williams, Addison Sage Bardwell, Henry Orlando Lyle, David Nicks Williams, Hazel June Williams, Brady Davis Williams; and great great grandchild, Langston Jones Martin.

She is also survived by her step daughters, who she loved like they were her own, Jennifer Rochelle Williams and Ginger Rochelle Smith; step grandchildren Dylan Williams, Tyler (Kelsey) White, and Michael (Nicole) Smith; step great grand children Henry White, Daniel White, Ruthie White, Silas Smith, and Emmett Smith, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Carl Nicks Williams, the father of her children, Dr. John O. Williams, Jr., and her sister, Betty Lou Nicks Wolcott.

Oakes and Nichols Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. The family with have a private graveside
service at Arlington Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant, TN, on Friday, April 2 nd , 2021. Services will be conducted by John Carnahan. Pallbearers will be Walker Williams, Wesley Williams, Taylor Williams, Walton Williams, Buie Williams, Hooper Johnson, Linton Hughes, Hardin Hughes, Bennett Hughes, David Lyle, John Williams, Ben Williams, Luke Williams and Chris Martin. Honorary Pallbearers are The Staff and Residents of The Bridge Assisted Living, all of whom gave her so much joy in her later years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests those desiring to make memorials do so by the donation of books to the libraries of Maury County Schools.

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