Diane M. Townsell Williams

Published 10:39 pm Friday, August 2, 2019

Diane M. Townsell Williams, 68, of Mains Creek, Chesapeake, transitioned Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Mary A. Townsell and Leslie Townsell. She was preceded in death by her brothers, William Townsell, Milton Townsell and Dal Townsell Sr.

She was a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School, where she loved singing and was a member of the high school choir. She also sang in her church’s choir in her early years. She was previously employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after which she was employed with the City of Chesapeake Budget Office, where she retired in 2012 after eight years of faithful and dedicated service.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, James Lee Williams, of Chesapeake; three daughters, Trina Deloatch (Vance), Sherry Mellerson (Jerry) and Dana Gardner; three sons, Kenneth Gardner (Angela), Joseph Gardner (Cynthia) and Shelton Muhammad (Adriene); six sisters, Gracie Wellons, Janie Daniels, Arleathia Crocker, Carolyn White (Henry), Doana Hatton (Sherman) and Connie Croker (Carlton); 27 grandchildren; goddaughter, Yolanda Hatton-Johnson; godson, Tremayne White; and a host of other relative and friends.

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A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 8300 Crittenden Road, Suffolk, VA 23436. She will be laid to rest in the church cemetery. The family will receive guest at 901 Mains Creek Road, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Professional services with dignity have been entrusted to Crocker Funeral Home Inc.