Williams, Alma Kathleen
Alma Kathleen “Hun” McCoy Williams of Newport, departed this life Sunday morning, November 22, 2015, in the loving care of her family and Heritage Hall in Rich Creek. Born at Goodwins Ferry in Giles County, she was a daughter of the late, James Harvey McCoy and Maude Lou Vaught McCoy.
She was a faithful member of Sherry Memorial Christian Church at Newport and a devoted Christian homemaker and mother figure for her family.
She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many. She was affectionately called “Hun” by all who knew her. The story that she told was that her father called her Honey Baby because of her sweet temperament as a child. It defined her for the rest of her life. Mother, Mama, Mamaw Hun or Maw-maw Hun or simply Hun – she said, “This is the only name that I’ve been called my whole life. If someone calls me Alma, I don’t know who they are talking to!”
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Franklin Williams; her daughter, Bonnie “Dody” Williams Cupp; her son, Robert Franklin “Bobby” Williams, her brothers, Ralph, Ira Kent, Fred, and Richard McCoy; her sisters, Cleo McCoy and Mamie Sue Cook.
Hun leaves a true legacy of more than one hundred years of family and special friends. She is survived by her daughter, Betty Ratcliffe; son, Gerald “Nonnie” Williams (Brenda); her grandchildren, Dari Cupp, Tony Williams, Tami Cupp, Robin Williams Atkins, Jerry Williams, Kristi Cupp and Amy Williams; her great grandchildren, Cody Atkins, Jordyn Williams White, Breigh Anna Cupp, Abby Williams, Casey Williams, Kaylee Williams, Garrett Lee Cupp and Kamran Lee Cupp; extra children she loved along the way, Cindy Williams, Lisa Williams, Brian Atkins, Frances Williams Collins, Roger Cupp, Vicki Poff Wright, Victor Link, Lori Ann Porterfield and Kaylea Jackson.
Hun’s family is proud to have been part of her McCoy spirit, and live each day knowing that they are, as she called them often, the “Real McCoys”.
“Our beloved matriarch of the Williams family is heaven bound. Alma Kathleen “Hun” McCoy Williams lived a blessed life for a few years over a century. What is her exact age? “None of your business!”, this she would say. She was very sensitive about her age. She said if a woman would tell her age, she would tell anything! She said, “you are as old as you want to be.” She never considered herself old.
Hun made her home on Mountain Lake Road in Giles County in the Newport Community for over 80 years. She worked beside her husband in two stores, William’s Grocery and Lakeway Grocery. Her home was always open to guests, be it family, friends, and many strangers the family brought home. Special dinners were prepared on Sundays for her pastor and family. The front porch on the cottage home was filled with rocking chairs, beautiful flowers and wonderful conversations. She was the unofficial chauffer, taking many ladies off the mountain for day trips and shopping sprees. She loved a good humorous story to make her laugh and being in the store business, could tell a few stories herself. She loved her family and roots on Spruce Run Community. Although Mt. Lake was her home, Spruce Run was her childhood home.”
Graveside services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon, November 25, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Williams Cemetery near her home on Mt. Lake Road, Newport with Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. At Hun’s request, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Sherry Memorial Christian Church at Newport.
The Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.