Melissa Renee Chapman Williams, age 44, of Morristown, formerly of Greeneville, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday from a massive heart attack. God empowered Melissa to battle congenital heart disease from birth. His hand was on her throughout this battle, surviving several surgeries and challenges since the age of 3. She championed fund raisers and support for the American Heart Association and was a member of the Zipper Sisters.
Melissa graduated from Greeneville High School and attended ETSU where she earned her business degree in Human Resources. She was a member of Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church and attended Noe’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Morristown when her health permitted.
Melissa was preceded in death by her grandparents: Ralph and Thelma Chapman and Arnold and Lorene Chandler; and her beloved pets: Dee Dee and Dexter. She leaves behind a loving family: husband, CE Leslie Williams; stepson: Barry Williams; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Curtis and Francis Williams all of Morristown; her parents: Dennis and Debra Chapman of Greeneville; sister: Amanda and Jamal Nelson of Columbia, SC; sister-in-law: Debby Bishop of Calhoun, GA; brother-in-law: Jim and Jean Carter of Sunrise, FL; special nephews: Jax and Jacob Nelson; several aunts, uncles, friends, nieces, and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 and 5 – 7 p.m. on Friday, May 3rd, at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, 1125 Tusculum Blvd., Greeneville, TN.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4th, at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1121 Shiloh Road, Greeneville, TN. The Rev. Tammy Greene will officiate. The body will be taken to the church to lie in state one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Noe’s Chapel Cemetery in Morristown, TN.
In recognition of special love and support given to Melissa, honorary pallbearers will be Michael Kelly, Jason Phipps, Alan Hoyle, Cindy Ward, Amy Bowman, Amanda Grooms, and William Brown.