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08/23/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Linda Long Williamson

Linda Long Williamson
(18 Sept 1946 - 20 Aug 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1964

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   We have even more sad news today.
  Linda Long Williamson, Class of 1964, passed away in Yorktown on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at the age of 73.

   She was the sister of Frankie Long.

From the Daily Press - 08/23/20:   

                   Linda Long Williamson



YORKTOWN - Linda Long Williamson, 73, of Yorktown, passed away peacefully on August 20, 2020, from heart disease, with her loving children by her side.

She was born in Richmond, VA on September 18, 1946, and was a longtime resident of York County.

She was a graduate of Newport News High School.

After graduation, she went to work for C&P Telephone Company where she retired after 30 years of service. After a brief retirement, Linda went on to work with her family at Mike's Place Restaurant where she enjoyed many years with her beloved sister-in-law, Kippe O'Neil, and Aunt, Dot O'Connor. Linda was also employed at the Kingsmill Tennis Club for the past 25 years where she spent many days on the tennis court and met several wonderful friends.

Linda also loved fishing, the beach, playing tennis, and watching her grandsons play baseball. For the past four years, Linda was happy to be able to spend most of her days caring for her granddaughter, Henley.



Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph F. Long and Doris Spain Long.

She is survived by her children, Jennifer Hollowell Jones (Michael) and W. Curtis Hollowell (Tamra); and brother, Joseph "Frankie" Long, Jr., (Angie).

Linda was affectionately known as "Big Mom" and "Mum Mum" by her grandchildren, Chance and Kasey Jones, and Henley Hollowell, whom she loved very much. Linda was loved by everyone who knew her, and will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, August 24 at 2:00 p.m., at Peninsula Funeral Home in Newport News, and will also be available for live streaming. Masks and social distancing will be required.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

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Published in Daily Press on August 23, 2020.
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August 22, 2020

My heart aches. I dearly miss my friend and neighbor.

~ Jonni Aguirre


August 22, 2020   

August 22, 2020  

I worked with Linda at the Kingsmill Tennis Club for over 20 years, and she was one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to know. I don't think I ever heard an angry word cross her lips. All of us on the staff thought the world of Linda, and she was loved by the Tennis members and guests as well. I think she really enjoyed working at the Club, and we did have some fun times together, from Christmas parties to lunches out. But we all knew her first love was spending time with her children and grandchildren!
She will be missed very, very much!
My sincere condolences,
Robyn Chappell

~ Robyn Chappell

Sorry to hear of Linda's passing. My heart goes out to her family during this difficult time. May your memories of your time together see you through.

August 22, 2020   

Linda was a special person. I had the privilege of being her coworker, tennis partner and friend! I will miss her!

August 22, 2020   

Jennifer and Curtis,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
I know your mom was a very special person and will be greatly missed.
My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

~ Kelli Cutler  


August 22, 2020   

I met Linda 15+ years ago through Curtis. I could see right away how much she loved and adored her children and as time passed, her grandchildren.
We spent a lot of Thanksgivings and Christmases together as well as at other special times. I will miss her terribly. I am so very sorry, Curtis and family, for your loss, and pray someday you will find peace through your sorrow, knowing how much she loved all of you.

~ Theresa Tucker

August 23, 2020   

Linda will be deeply missed at the Kingsmill Tennis Club. Her cheerful personality and warm compassion always lifted my spirits when I saw her in the club house. She was one of the few people at the tennis club I could talk to about baseball. I will miss you Linda, you always made me smile.

~ Jeff Leftwich
My deepest sympathy to the family of Linda. A beautiful soul has gotten her wings. She will be missed by all and leaves a void to all who knew her. May God give you peace and grace during this sad time.

~ Anna Clemins

August 23, 2020   

Linda was such a sweet and fun person to work with at the Kingsmill Tennis Club. Outside of work her children and grandchildren made her so happy and she spoke of them often. Godspeed, Linda...

~ Jack S.

August 23, 2020
Linda was such a sweet lady, worked with her for many years, we were also neighbors for a while. I am so sorry for your loss. May God bless you and comfort you all during this time.

~ Dee Dee Pinkney


August 23, 2020
We will miss Linda so much. She was so much fun on the tennis court and off. Our deepest sympathies, Lanny and Joan Goldman

~ Joan Goldman


August 23, 2020
Dear Ms. Williamson,
Although we didnít know each other for very long, you touched my heart deeply. I am grateful to have met you, and I wish we could have seen each other one last time before you passed away. Iím sorry I didnít thank you in person for the beautiful card and gift you gave me (I did call SICU, and hope they passed my thanks to you). May your beautiful soul be at peace and shine down over your family. Hugs and love to you and your family.

~ Hannah (CVT)


August 23, 2020
My sincere sympathy to Lindaís family. Linda was beautiful inside and out. Always a smile on her face always ready to help. We surely will miss her at the tennis center.

~ Annette Van Geertruyden

August 23, 2020
I was so saddened to read today of Linda's passing. I met Linda when I started work in 1979 for C&P Telephone in Williamsburg. We had a close knit small office and our friendship began there. One of our highlights over the years was a cruise to Bermuda with Linda, Julia and Sherri. I was lucky to find out they had an opening for a fourth person and all four of us shared one room! We had such a fun time together. I last saw Linda when by chance my brother-in-law wanted a good Rueben sandwich and I said let's try Mike's Place. Little did I know Linda would be there. It was so good to see her. Everything everyone has said about her is true. My husband Wayne also knew her, Curtis and Jennifer from when he previously lived many years ago on Mastin Avenue in Seaford. I am so sorry for your family's loss in someone so special to many. We will keep you in our thoughts during this sad time. Joan (Hickey) Brown

~ Joan and Wayne Brown

August 23, 2020
Kind, sweet, thoughtful, funny, smart, compassionate, genuine, beautiful in every possible way are just a few words that describe the Linda we knew over the past 65 years. We graduated together from Newport News High School and worked together at C&P Telephone for many years. I loved talking with her and will miss her very much. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her beautiful family.
May they be comforted in knowing she loved them beyond belief and is now peaceful and cared for in the hands of God.

~ Vivian Starnes Calhoun

August 23, 2020

~ Devon Fisher

August 23, 2020
Linda and I were work colleagues at C&P Telephone. Linda was always so totally professional, always genuinely nice, and just wonderful to be around. I feel so blessed to have known Linda. Lord - In gratitude.

~ Wayne Dementi

August 23, 2020

~ Tiffany Mitchell

August 23, 2020
Linda was a very nice person that I had the privilege to interact with as a KM tennis player and as an assistant pro for many years. She was pleasant, gentle, and kind always. Will miss her. Rich Nelson

~ Rich Nelson

August 23, 2020
I can write a book on this sweet lady. She's very caring, very kind, she loves everyone, was always positive, she loves her kids and grandchildren, and I can't forget excited about traveling. I was so sad when I got the news. We'd always text here and there, but the last time I texted her she didn't respond.  Not knowing she was sick, this really breaks my hear. Linda Lou, I will always love you.

~ Lisa Marie


August 24, 2020
Linda and I were childhood friends living on Marshall Avenue. I have wonderful memories of playing together. We reconnected a few years ago, and she talked about her family. Linda was a very special friend, and will be missed. Prayers for her family.

~ Susanne (Susie) Gabriel


August 24, 2020
Dear Jennifer and Curtis,
I am so very sorry to hear of your mom's passing. She was a dear friend that goes back many, many years, meeting at C&P Telephone Company. We shared many stories over the years about our grandchildren and children whom she adored. ❤ She was definitely a beautiful Soul, inside and out. I pray that your own beautiful memories get you through this most difficult time. God Bless.

~ Shirley Woolard


August 24, 2020
My prayers and thoughts are with sweet Linda's family. She always had a smiling welcome at the Kingsmill tennis club. She will be missed.

~ Mimi Taylor


August 24, 2020
Deepest sympathy to Linda's family. She was a very special lady and admired by many. I was always so happy to see her at the KM tennis desk. Linda and I had grandchildren at the same time, so we had many chats about how lucky we were to have such loving children and oh so special grandchildren. Linda will be missed!

~ Unsigned


August 24, 2020
I also had the honor and privilege to work along side Linda at the KM tennis club. She could talk about her family for days! Such an amazingly sweet, caring, and loving lady. She just had a special way about her that made you feel like you had known her all your life. We will miss you sweet Linda❤
K Dry

~ Kevin Dry


August 24, 2020
It has been an great honor to know Linda. We worked together at KM Tennis club, and she was part of a great and fun loving staff. Her contributions as an employee and friend all played a roll in how smooth and how much fun it was to work there. Always smiling, always caring, and with great compassion for her fellow man, Linda was one that we could count on. She will be missed greatly, but we know that our Lord and Savior has her in His mighty Hands, comforting and loving her now and forever, She is now healed. Blessings to her family, as she spoke of them often to us, so we know how important they were to her life. We were all blessed to know her.

~ Brent Hughes


August 24, 2020
I was very fortunate to know Linda at two different times in my life. Once when I lived in Newport News and often ate at Mike's Place. We would chat and on. I always wondered if she did this with everyone there. I think the answer is yes. And then eventually I moved to Kingsmill and walked in the tennis center and there she was. What a lovely surprise. She was always smiling and glad to see everyone. You could even hear the smile in her voice when she called you because she needed some help with something. We will miss her..

~ Roz Marcus. Williamsburg, Virginia


August 24, 2020
Such a sweet and beautiful lady. Her beautiful smile always so genuine, and the kindness in her eyes made me feel special every time I saw her. I loved joking with her about FarmVille. Hugs and prayers of peace to the whole family.

~ Helena Brownell

August 25, 2020
I'm shocked and saddened at the loss of Ms. Linda. She was more than a fellow co-worker at Kingsmill; I was proud to call her my friend. I'm sad that I will never see you or hear your voice again. I love you, my friend.

~ Dorene


August 27, 2020
Jennifer and Curtis, so sorry to hear of your loss, Moms are so special....God Bless........Hat....

~ Bobby Hilling


August 29, 2020   


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Linda's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

This Is My Father's World

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1901
Traditional English Melody (Terra Beata), arranged by Franklin L. Sheppard, 1915

This is my Fatherís world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Fatherís world: I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Fatherís world, the birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white, declare their Makerís praise.
This is my Fatherís world: He shines in all thatís fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass;
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Fatherís world. O let me neíer forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.
This is my Fatherís world: the battle is not done:
Jesus Who died shall be satisfied,
And earth and Heavín be one.

This is my Fatherís world, dreaming, I see His face.
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, ďThe Lord is in this place.Ē
This is my Fatherís world, from the shining courts above,
The Beloved One, His Only Son,
Cameóa pledge of deathless love.

This is my Fatherís world, should my heart be ever sad?
The lord is Kingólet the heavens ring. God reignsólet the earth be glad.
This is my Fatherís world. Now closer to Heaven bound,
For dear to God is the earth Christ trod.
No place but is holy ground.

This is my Fatherís world. I walk a desert lone.
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes His glory known.
This is my Fatherís world, a wanderer I may roam
Whateíer my lot, it matters not,
My heart is still at home.

"This Is My Father's World" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 06/19/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of Ė 03/15/05

Divider Line 555 clip art courtesy of - 10/08/11

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