Linda Rhoda Williams

Born in Lubbock, TX on August 28, 1956

Departed on April 24, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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A most beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, co-worker, artist and grandmother, Linda Rhoda Williams, left us on April 24, 2019 at her home in Hendersonville, Tennessee at the much too young age of sixty two. With the devotion and help of her family and the support of an extended community of friends, clients and cohorts, she had superhumanly extended her life well beyond that expected after a dire diagnosis given in July, determined as she was to witness her daughter give birth to another precious granddaughter.

This newest joy is now seven months old and delighted in her YaYa. She is Linda’s youngest grandchild of three cherished girls by her only child, Chelsea Meyer, whose relationship with her mother was even more than that of a most wonderful daughter; they were best of friends. Chelsea and her husband, Kyle, gave Linda her greatest gift with the births of those grandgirls: Jade, Dallas and Kaden.

She will be dearly missed by her daughter, husband and grandchildren as well as by a slew of siblings and their families, her nature loving father and his wife, generations of clients-some of over 30 years, her long time co-workers and many lucky friends who this lovely introvert occasionally allowed into her very full but quiet world.

Linda with Crocker, her loving husband of 39 years, made a striking couple. He proudly accompanied this natural beauty whose easy grace seemed effortless. On weekends they spent much time outdoors boating, kayaking, and camping. His devotion as a supportive husband has not waned in this difficult and sad time of her illness.

On workday mornings Linda could be found alone with her camera at her beloved Drakes Creek Park in Hendersonville. She loved the white and blue herons in the early light and took delight in the occasional swans she’d see there. Her photos are the work of an artist that move the rest of us to question how did we not quite see all the wonder she so readily noticed and captured. Some of her photos were so notable they inspired other artists’s paintings. Her beauty-seeking eyes could observe exquisite play of light even on her car’s windshield: patterned raindrops against the mottled light on the trees ahead. Every year brought fresh appreciation (and more photos) for the flowers and vines of her backyard, often taken at most unusual angles to showcase their delicate perfection against the brilliant blue sky.

It is difficult to overstate how Linda’s creativity was reflected in every aspect of her being: her chosen profession of stying clients hair, the way she dressed and accessorized, her pretty campsite tablecloths and lighting, the display of her collections of bird statuary, and even in the way she made a salad. But above all, in the way she showed her love. Whether this was on display by her choice of a perfectly illustrated birthday card or an incredibly elaborate paper-mache piñata lovingly constructed for a grandchild, it was unmistakable; Linda was an artist inside and out and visual art was her language.

Art for her was far more useful than the language of words. Those close to her know this most acutely. In the world of texting, she might likely respond to a multi-paragraph inquiry with either “OK” or “no”. Her phone calls were usually short. The inscription of a card might only be “love, Linda” but the image on the card was a sacred offering of sorts- the precious commodity of beauty. At work she was not chatty and was more known as a ‘listener’ than a gossip. She was prone to disappear during her breaks, time in which she gave her introverted spirit space to breath and experience the quiet that soothed her.

Besides having the soul of an artist, Linda embodied the soul of motherhood and later, YaYahood (which of course means being the consummate grandmother.) She really was the mom we all yearn for; one who offers unconditional love, delight in every achievement, bottomless attentiveness, gentle encouragement and a compelling sharing of her greatest joys- in this case her love of art and nature. As a grandmother she taught hula hooping, flower planting, swimming, puzzle making, picture taking, height charting and much more. She maintained ‘mailboxes’ on her hearth that the girls could check for surprises whenever they visited. The last thing in them was wands for giant and tiny bubbles. Even as her energy waned she’d rally to shop for Easter treats for her granddaughters or gifts for Chelsea who has a St. Patrick’s Day birthday.

But no description of Linda is adequate without a mention of hair. Not only was the caring for and styling of it the skill that provided her a living but it was a most striking feature of her notable good looks. Her three sisters readily acknowledged that she was the clear winner of the family hair comparison. There is just no comparison until one looks at her daughter or granddaughters who each have their own version of amazing locks. Linda’s remarkable envy-arousing mane was problematic when it inspired many naive clients to request she style their hair like hers. Well... no amount of cutting, shaping, perming, conditioning or curling could make the result look like hers. Linda struggled to find a gentle way to say ‘sorry-not possible!’ She also happened to have the longest legs and the bluest eyes of all the Rhoda sisters. Not fair! But sadly, life is not fair.

Linda’s quiet nature may have hidden a side of her from anyone not near enough to hear the humor in her often hilarious observations. Sometimes this came out in self-deprecating comments about what she called her ‘snaggle teeth’ or the ‘crater’ she saw on her nose. Recently she mimicked a funny YouTube video of a young woman demonstrating how to give oneself an enema. She joked that this might become her next profession.

Most who knew Linda understood that she had a kind and gentle heart. She had a soft spot for those unusually challenged and children with special needs. She sent in prayer requests for clients’ and friends’ troubled grandchildren and regularly contributed to a group that raised funds for foot and mouth artists who had no use of their hands or arms. She worried about children who she feared were under-nurtured. She indulged an elderly and confused cat that imagined it had a litter of kittens that needed praising and admiration.

Clearly, there is and never has been one to grace this earth quite like Linda Rhoda Williams. She will be loved and remembered by all who knew her. For those in her family it will be for the rest of their days.

Linda is survived by her husband, Mr. Crocker Williams; daughter, Chelsea (Kyle) Meyer; grandchildren, Jade, Dallas, Kaden; father, Charles (Marsha) Rhoda; siblings, Beverly Doggrell, Chuck Rhoda, Mike Rhoda, Beth Figiel, and Judi Murphy.

A memorial service will be held at 3pm, Saturday, May 4, 2019 in the chapel of Hendersonville Funeral Home. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

24 Comments to Linda Rhoda Williams

  1. Kim Eden
    April 26, 2019 4:17 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that Linda passed. She did my hair for 10 years and was so wonderful. I always enjoyed catching up during our sessions. She was in my daily prayers when I learned she was sick and prayed she would make it through this. She will he missed by so many. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Kimberly Smith
    April 26, 2019 6:10 pm

    Crocker I never had the pleasure of meeting your wife, but it sounds like she was a beautiful soul. My heart breaks for you and your family at this very sad time and you are all in my prayers. If there is anything y’all need, please don’t hesitate.

  3. Emma Wilson
    April 26, 2019 7:31 pm

    I cannot believe my beautiful, sweet, kind friend is gone. She is the last person I expected to leave this earth before me. She was cognizant of good health and always thought about keeping fit, walking, what she ate and drinking her water. For 25+ years, she put up with my griping about inheriting my thin, almost unmanageable hair and took care of whatever problem occurred at the time whether it be the curls or the graying.

    I’d always heard that everyone needed to get a hair stylist/barber so you would have someone to commiserate with or vent with. I never thought I’d get someone as understanding as Linda Williams. We did not socialize but instead, we met once a week to remedy my hair problems, solve the world’s problems or maybe get something off our chests. And then I went my way feeling better and we met again the next week. We both had similar views of the world stage, family dynamics and humanity and many of our conversations were just for the ears of the other person (sometimes with laughter). The folks at the shop loved seeing what she might wear on Halloween and loved seeing her sculptures and all the wonderful, original things she made for her grandchildren. I got to see many beautiful photos, including scenery, animals in their habitat and of course the trip to Europe. I met her family through her beautiful pictures. We exchanged birthday presents and cards and sometimes a poem or two. She sent me a card when I had my cancer scare and I did the same for her. I did not know at the time that I would never see her again.

    In January this year, I got a text from her wishing me Happy Birthday. I wrote her back to thank her and told her I was looking forward to seeing her again. She wrote back, “Me too” and put some little hearts at the end.

    Linda was always special but her life took on a new glow after the birth of her first grandchild, Jade. Her happiness with all the things in her life was infectious and it was a joy to be in her presence. I know her family is going to miss her so much especially her siblings that she talked about so much. They are in my prayers.

    I am going to miss her so much but am thankful we had so many years of fun and knowing each other.

  4. Virginia Warren
    April 26, 2019 9:49 pm

    Crocker, Our hearts are breaking for you. We love you. We continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Jim Maxwell, Ginger and Danny Warren

  5. Tony Del Re
    April 27, 2019 12:21 am

    Crocker, please except my condolences. My prayers are with you and Chelsea. As you know better than anyone Linda was and incredible woman. She was loved by many. My prayers will remaine with you!

  6. Laurie Boggs
    April 27, 2019 1:21 am

    Linda truly was beautiful inside and out.I will miss her and her friendship.I will continue to keep her and her family in my prayers I know how much she loved them.

  7. Linda Glover Olson
    April 27, 2019 3:42 am

    Dear friend, Crocker I am so sorry for your great loss. I know how much you loved that lady. My prayers are with you and your dear daughter and granchildren. God bless you and you’re family that you may find strength through this unbearable loss. Much love and prayers for all of you.

  8. Julie Guy Harrison
    April 27, 2019 10:06 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss!! She was a sweet friend years ago in high school.. gone way too soon and will be truly missed by many… 💔💔💞💞💞💞

  9. Vikki m hargrove
    April 27, 2019 3:10 pm

    I am so sorry for your lost prayers 🙏 for your family. Linda was a great co-worker always had such a sweet heart

  10. Audrey Bertell
    April 27, 2019 5:20 pm

    This is so beautifully written and paints a perfect picture of my dear sweet friend. I am so sorry and praying for you all. I still just can’t believe it. Heaven differently gain on of the most precious of angles. You will never be forgotten. I miss you so much. 💔

  11. Cindy Overstreet Tetreault
    April 27, 2019 5:27 pm

    Crocker and Chelsea,
    I hope your wonderful memories of Linda will soon replace the tears and heartbreak. I cherish our time together in PC with other childhood friends. Love to you all.

  12. Sandra Estelle Larson
    April 27, 2019 8:31 pm

    Loved you dear Linda
    Drove from Nashville for your beautiful cuts and colors. Honey rest with the angels-you are so missed!
    .

  13. Cheryl Meadows
    April 27, 2019 8:48 pm

    I just started going to MM about six months ago and didn’t really know this beautiful person, I am so sorry for the loss and will be praying for her family and friends at MM 🙏💖🙏💖

  14. Shirley Burns.
    April 28, 2019 3:44 pm

    I am the lucky one to have known Linda for many years. She was an amazing person in all the ways you described. She was always smiling. So Sorry she lost this battle way to soon. I loved seeing her with her Grands and so happy she got to feel that Love, like no other. I am praying for peace and comfort for all the family. I know this is. Huge loss. God Gained an Angel.

  15. J.J. Sisco
    April 29, 2019 8:07 am

    Beautifully written. Summarizes the true story of Linda. I pray for your family. God is with you all. J.J.

  16. Starr Durham
    April 29, 2019 11:37 pm

    Beautifully written, for a beautiful lady, inside and out. This entire obituary speaks volumes!
    Thankful I worked with Linda, a few years ago at Design 2000, (now Mirror Mirror), and, what is now Z. Cisco Salon and Spa.
    Such a beautiful, family oriented, creative, nature loving, sweet funny loving soul!
    She introduced me to “honeydew melon with fresh lime squeezed on top” ❤ I remember when her first granddaughter was born, Jade! Linda made such beautiful memories, with all her family! This precious lady, gained her wings in Heaven….she is blessed, and will be missed.
    Thank you to her family for sharing her with me! 🙏❤💔

  17. Beverly mitchell, and Gary mitchell
    April 30, 2019 12:00 am

    Crocker,chelsea, Gary and I are truly in shock.Hesring this about linda. Our hearts are saddened. Linda, was a beautiful friend. So much fun! I remember us 4 going to knoxville,and jumping on the beds
    Lol we were very young.i know y’all was soul mates,and I’m praying for you and chelsea,and family. My heart breaks for all of you.i will always treasure her, as my friend.love to you and family.

  18. Kelly Elias
    May 1, 2019 10:28 am

    What a dear heart.
    So many of us will miss her.
    My deepest sympathy to all of you.
    Love and prayers,
    Kelly

  19. Terri Hanson Jenkins
    May 1, 2019 8:19 pm

    We were all truly blessed to have known such a beautiful human being. My heartfelt prayers for Crocker and her loving family. God bless

  20. Charles Rhoda
    May 3, 2019 11:06 pm

    My sister was the embodiment of all that is good and wholesome. Her passing has broke hearts.

  21. Charles Rhoda
    May 3, 2019 11:08 pm

    My sister was the embodiment of all that is good and wholesome. Her passing has broke hearts.

    • Micah and Anita Walker
      May 25, 2019 3:27 am

      So sorry to hear about sweet Linda’s passing. She has cut my husbands hair for over 30 years. And I’m one of those who wanted desperately to have Linda’s beautiful hairstyle. Just couldn’t pull it off as beautifully as she did. We’ve considered her a friend all these years. She cut our hair before Chelsea was born. My husband loved the way she cut his hair but I think more than anything he liked to hear all about Crocker and Chelsea and of course the trips she’d take with her sisters. She was a beautiful sweet person. She’ll be missed greatly.

  22. Derrell DeLoach
    May 4, 2019 10:25 am

    Linda is a friend I will always remember. There are not enough adjectives to describe this beautiful angel of this world and now heaven! All my love to Crocker and Chelsea and Kyle and the kids.

  23. Karen Whittle
    May 7, 2019 1:49 am

    I am so sorry to just hear of the passing of Linda. I was at the Salon the last day she worked. I had been a client of hers for over 25 years. She also had been doing my daughter, Emily’s hair for many years. Emily having special needs, Linda would always go out of her way to make her feel so special. Linda’s love for her family was tremendous and I pray for all of you to find peace.

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