Billy Lee Williams

Born in Grand Forks, NC on October 3, 1964

Departed on July 19, 2012 and resided in Nashville, TN

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WILLIAMS, Billy Lee – Age 47 years, passed away July 19, 2012. Billy was an elder at HopePark Church where he worked with the music team. He toured as the drummer of Legend Seven Band and was a kitchen and bath specialist as the owner of B. Williams Design. Billy was a member of the NKBA and Jenn-Air Design Advisory Council; also a volunteer for Rancho de Sus Ninos, in Tecate, Mexico. He is survived by wife of 26 years, Brenda Williams; son, Aaron Audrey Williams; grandson, Lennox Williams; mother, Carol Fiel; sisters, Robbyn Hart and Dona Leedy; and a host of extended family. The Life Celebration service will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012, at 5pm, at HopePark Church, 8001 Hwy 70 S, Nashville, TN 37221. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HopePark Church -C/0 Artists As One. This benefits art supplies for Rancho de Sus Ninos Orphanage The family will have a visitation on Sunday evening from 5-8pm at WEST HARPETH FUNERAL HOME

27 Comments to Billy Lee Williams

  1. Kathy Parsons says:

    In high school Billy was always such a nice guy. I will always remember his smile. I am so sorry for your loss. My husband and I will be praying for your family.

  2. Michael Jacobs says:

    I was one of Billy’s Legend Seven bandmates and we’ve friends for more than two decades. Besides being an incredibly talented and hard-working musician, he was also a very intelligent, witty, and warm human being. I grieve with Brenda and their family for their loss, and I also grieve that the rest of us lost the gift that Billy was…

  3. Jay Pavey says:

    Billy you will be deeply missed. You genuinely touched the lives of so many people in so many ways. You were truly an example and inspiration to others of what Christ commanded us to be. Farewell my friend and I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven!

  4. Tray Brewer says:

    With love and prayers to Brenda, Aaron, and all the Williams family. My heart is heavy and pray God will give you strenght.

  5. Marci Wark says:

    As a member of the Jenn-Air marketing team, I had the pleasure of getting to know Billy over the past year, even traveled with him to LA in February. He was one-of-a-kind. His talents and generosity truly amazed me. We will miss him greatly. To his family, I extend my prayers and sincere condolences. God bless.

  6. Jimmy and Sandy Williams says:

    Billy, Your life mattered. We will miss you. You are loved.

    Jimmy and Sandy Williams

  7. Lisa Marino-McIntosh says:

    My sincere sympathy to the Williams family on their loss. May God spare you further grief and provide you comfort.

  8. Jan Todd says:

    I would give anything for the right words to say, but there just are none. Brenda, you and your family are iny mind constantly.

  9. Irene says:

    I “knew” Billy through the interior design community on Twitter. He was a delightful person to interact with, and I’m heartsick along with so, so many others today. Knowing that we will miss him as a virtual friend shines a tiny light on how much his close family and friends will mourn this loss. Thoughts and prayers for you…

  10. Sherree Bennett says:

    Billy was truly a life long friend. Brenda, Aaron and family, I am lifting you in prayer. I am so sorry for your loss. The world lost a great man. May God bless you keep you andy make His face to shine upon you and give you peace.

  11. Melody Griffin Shaw says:

    Brenda, I am grieving with you and for you at this time. I pray that God wraps his literal arms around you at this time through your friends and family. I send you this scripture since it is the one God gave me in my time of turmoil. Jeremiah 29:11-13 , ” For I know the plans I have for you,�?� declares the Lord, �??plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” I love you and hope to be able to hug your neck sometime soon when you come visit SA again. Our tradition at Jim’s still stands! :

  12. Patti Waters says:

    Brenda, Even though I have never personally met Billy, I felt he was a good man. I am so sorry for your loss at such a young age. Praying for you that God will lift the heavy burden on your heart and help you to continue your life to celebrate a great remembrance of Billy. Blessings of love during your time of need. Patti Waters

  13. Kim Taylor Lopshire says:

    Billy was a part of my life that was a blessing! From the day we met he was very special. Through the years we would talk periodically and what always impressed me was his love of family and others. He could always make me laugh! What I loved most is that Billy lived by example. His dedication to his family and the world was contagious and he made everyone around him want to be a better person. Brenda, Aaron and the Williams family – you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. Carrie Moeller says:

    Brenda, Heino and I are so sorry. Billy was a special human being who will be missed by many. I pray that the Holy Spirit comforts you in the days ahead and that many Earth ‘angels’ will cross your path in the difficult days ahead to help you and surround you with love and support. Love and prayers,
    Carrie Moeller

  15. Charlie & Pat McCoy says:


    So sorry to hear of Billy’s passing. Our prayers are with you, Aaron and the rest of the family. We love you.

  16. Terri Hensley says:

    B. Brenda and Aaron,
    Words cannot express the heartbreak I feel for you and Aaron. B. Billy was such a blessing to all he encountered. I left the memorial last night in even more awe of my wonderful friend- he was truly a great man who loved deeply and was deeply loved. His life mattered very much! May God hold and keep you and give you the peace that surpasses all understanding during these very difficult days. I love you so much,
    T Terri

  17. Brandon S says:

    A friend on Twitter and briefly, in real life. The Interior Design community is one star short with Billy’s passing. I’ll miss having a fellow man in sarcasm. Thank you for sharing Billy with us.

  18. Barbara Elza Hirsch says:

    It May seem strange to some but here on Twitter, we are a community of sorts. Designers were all fond of Billy.
    Billy, you brightened up our #intesignerchat chats I remember when you posted a wonderfully sweet avatar during one chat. You always had thoughtful comments, showed good humor and demonstrated true generosity in your actions. My thoughts and prayers go to your family and loved ones. Deepest condolences.

  19. DeAnna Mackensen says:

    Billy, you made a huge impression on fellow interior designers across the world on #intdesignerchat on Twitter. God bless.

  20. Darleen Laningham says:

    I knew Billy from the Interior Design community on Twitter. His kind, sweet, inspiring, and funny tweets during our design chats were highlights of our Tuesday afternoon talks. Billy’s zest for life, love of his family, and his fine example of a Southern Gentleman impressed me often through 140 characters. I love the music of Glen Campbell, and tweeted an article about the performer’s recent concert. Billy tweeted me a stirring video of a vintage Glen Campbell performance. The time he took to find the footage and share it with me touched my heart, and it defined the gracious soul of the man I never met in real life, but have such respect for and will truly miss.

    I am sorry for your loss, and pray God’s grace and peace will comfort you all at this difficult and trying time.

  21. Fran Kirkpatrick says:


    My husband, Wayne, and I met you and Billy at Jenny’s 50th birthday dinner in January. We enjoyed talking to you both as the four of us had a lot in common. We were very sad to hear about Billy, and just wanted you to know that we are thinking of you and keeping you and your family in our prayers.

    God Bless,
    Fran Kirkpatrick

  22. Rod and Julie Strickland says:

    We are so shocked to hear of Billy’s passing. We were in NM at the time of your loss and regret not being able to attend the service.

    We have always loved you guys and felt connected to you from the first time we met. Billy was one of our favorite people to run in to. He was consistently warm and inviting in his friendship and we always left feeling better to have run into you both. We are blessed to have had him in our lives. His example of faith, strong values, love of friends and the special love he showed for his family will forever be something to strive for.

    God’s peace and strength be with you.

    Rod and Julie

  23. Kathy S. says:

    Having just returned from a trip, I am shocked and saddened to hear of Billy’s sudden passing. Although our paths crossed many times as designers and west Nashville neighbors, it was only in the last year that we became friends. I enjoyed his witty banter online and off, respected his knowledge and enthusiasm for design, and I was looking forward to fulfilling his request to help him procure supplies for his treasured cause.

    I would like to extend my sincerest condolences to his family and to his wide collection of friends. My heart breaks for your loss. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

  24. Carla says:

    Billy was an awesome person. I haven’t seen Billy, Brenda or Aaron in years but thought of them often. I still have several things Billy made for me that I will treasure always. I pray that God will comfort you Brenda and Aaron and to give you strength to get through this. I love you guys.

  25. James Haynes says:

    I was a classmate and bandmate of Billy’s back at Caprock High. He was a good guy and fine teammate, and a good musician. It was a blessing knowing him for the short time I did. Billy is a special person and he is missed.

  26. Johnny Williams says:

    Thank you, cousin, for your years of mentorship and tutoring. I would not be the drummer I am today if it weren’t for you. You are loved and missed

  27. Gary Pool says:

    I heard about Billy through Anita Ray. Anita and I are dear friends. I know Randy and Andy/Janet Denton. I am praying for all who were close to Billy. That God’s loving arms will surround each and everyone and provide peace and serenity during this time. Lean into those arms and feel His mighty strenght and comfort. In Christ Gary Pool