Amy Lynn Williams of Brentwood, Tennessee, left this earth to be with the Lord on June 16, 2023. She is survived by her husband, Thomas James Williams; parents Judy and Larry Peterson; brother Jay Peterson and his wife Diana; their three children, Logan, Aliyah, and Noah; and many extended family members, in-laws, and friends.
A Celebration of Life reception will be held at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home in Franklin, Tennessee, on July 21, 2023, from 3-7 pm. A prayer and readings will take place at the beginning of the reception. The family welcomes remembrances, such as letters, prayers, photos, and art. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Friends of Williamson County Animal Center in honor of Amy.
Amy spent her childhood in the Washington, DC area. She graduated from Friendly High School in Fort Washington, Maryland, where she played volleyball and excelled in art. After winning an art contest, Amy's art was displayed in the county courthouse for the school year.
Amy moved to the Nashville area to attend David Lipscomb University, graduating with a degree in psychology and a minor in art. She met many lifelong friends and her future soulmate and husband, Thomas, at Lipscomb, where she served as President of the Zeta Nu sorority. After graduating, she worked for American Rehability Services, HealthSouth Corporation, and Crye-Leike, Realtors.
Amy and Thomas fell in love over a mutual enthusiasm for art, writing, movies, heavy rock music, wayward animals, comedy, and gourmet food. Their marriage of 25 years was held together not just by their passions but also by a strong faith in Jesus.
Amy's life was short but, like a star, burned bright. Amy described herself as "Gutsy, Romantic, Hardheaded, a Writer, an Artist, a Singer, a Prizefighter, Head Banger, Vamp Lover, and Kickboxer."
Amy created beauty in the world. She was beautiful in her person and made many artworks over her lifetime, including oil paintings, pastels, and drawings. Amy excelled in interior decorating and floral design. Her sophisticated floral arrangements and bouquets created through her business Honeysuckles & Fireflies were the centerpiece of many weddings and events.
Amy was a poet and a member of the writer’s club at her local library, and some of her poems were published in the club's book, Solitude. Her works reflect her life's journey, faith, and love for friends and family. She leaves behind many journals and writings we will treasure forever.
Amy was passionate about music and loved to sing. Her musical tastes ranged from heavy metal to classical ballads and acapella to jazz. She sang with the acapella groups TuneTown and Sweet Adeline of Metro Nashville Chorus. She adored attending live concerts and dressing up for the occasion, whether in a gorgeous new dress to hear Andrea Bocelli or her signature black leather to see Metallica.
Amy loved to spend time with friends and family when she could. She always remembered life’s occasions with special notes and gifts. Her home was always beautifully decorated for Christmas, one of her favorite times. She loved to travel, and the beach was a frequent destination for a romantic getaway with her sweetheart, Thomas, or to relax and visit family surrounded by the majesty of the Lord’s creation. Her favorite place to eat was the Melting Pot in downtown Nashville, and she would go twice a year, celebrating her birthday with friends and her anniversary with Thomas.
Amy was compassionate and helped others whenever possible. No dog was left on the side of the road when Amy was around. Her pride and joy were her "wolfpack" of rescued pups she raised with Thomas. She celebrated every holiday and birthday with special outfits and treats for her “furbabies.” They miss their mom so much.
We will remember Amy for her strength and warrior spirit. She got up repeatedly when life knocked her down, calling herself a “Prizefighter” for continuing to push forward despite life’s obstacles. She supported the military and veterans and felt deeply that their commitment to protect America, no matter the cost to them personally, deserved respect. Amy’s struggles helped her connect deeply to the suffering of others.
And on the lighter side, we will remember Amy for her humor. She had numerous nicknames for her dogs, such as “Momma Pickles or Midnight Speckles” - and favorite people - and loved to silly dance in the kitchen with Thomas or croon a ballad while cooking. She liked to watch movies and comedy shows, and she loved to laugh. She loved romance movies, vampire, and historical dramas, and better yet, a show combining all three!
Amy will be deeply missed by all of us. She was a loving and loyal follower of Christ, wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend, and wolfpack mama.
We are at peace knowing the pain of this world is no longer with her. She is reunited with her Savior in her whole person, surrounded by her babies and loved ones in Heaven.
Amy, life won’t be the same without you, but as Ozzy said, we’ll "see you on the other side” when God calls us home, too.