Nancy Ellen Riley Williams, 81, of Warm Springs, Virginia passed away Monday, March 14, 2022, in Warm Springs, Virginia.

She was born February 12, 1941, in Millboro Springs, Virginia, the daughter of the late Samuel Franklin Riley and Nancy May Mines Riley. She was raised and loved by her foster parents Robert and Madaline Jones.

She was married to Charles Leroy Williams, her husband of 60 years, who preceded her in death on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Nancy was a self-employed beautician and was very proud to have graduated from Beauty School. She was a member of Life Line Ministries. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, who was very close to her family. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and always remembered them on special days. She was particularly close to her sister, Dreama Martin, who she frequently visited on a weekly basis. She loved to travel and could be seen out every day with her son or daughter. She was a big fan of Presley’s Country Jubilee, and it made her day when she traveled to Nashville to see the Grand Ole Opry! She enjoyed her annual trip to her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim & Sue Saris in Mt. Airy, Maryland. They would always visit the Charlestown Casino and Racetrack. She would save her nickels all year for this event; however, she had a $5 limit, regardless of how good she was doing!

She is survived by two children, Deborah J. Harris & husband Ronald of Appomattox, Virginia, Charles Williams, Jr. & wife Tracey of Bolar, Virginia; four grandchildren, Susan Arrington & husband Dan, Sharon Shelton & husband Alan, Andrew Williams, and Nikolas Williams; great grandchildren, Addie, Ella, Autumn, Ava; and a sister, Dreama Martin & husband Phillip of Hot Springs, Virginia; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jim and Sue Saris, and Edwin & Carole Williams.

In addition to her parents, foster parents, and her husband, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Charles Leroy Williams III; a brother, Samuel Franklin Riley, Jr.; a foster brother, Robert Jones, Jr.; two foster sisters, Iris Leary and Lorna Law.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 17, 2022, at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Zach Royer officiating. Interment will be in Big Valley Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Williams, Nickolas Williams, Dan Arrington, Alan Shelton, Phillip Martin, Carl Allan Moyers

Honorary Pallbearer will be Jim Saris.

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services, from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  at at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bolar Fire Department.

Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at


  1. Wonderful lady I remember her growing up and going to Chimney Run church. I remember how good she was to her husband. I will miss her smiling face.

  2. My heart goes out to Dreama and Phillip. Dreama you know I love you and to know you are letting your Sister go to walk with Jesus is difficult, but it’s a Wonderful thought that she is with Him. Much love to you and Phillip. Love Carla Sue

  3. I Loved this woman. she was always in a great mood and she acted like she was really glad

    to see you. I LOVE YOU DEAR NEIGHBOR. I will miss you. rest in peace dear friend.


  5. We were devastated to hear about Mrs. William’s passing. We had the honor of meeting her at McDonald’s for the first time this year and then right after that, she came into Burger King and sat down with us. Such a beautiful sweet woman and she was always smiling and happy but we knew she missed her husband so very much. We will surely miss seeing her beautiful smile and no more than we knew her, she will always leave a lasting impression on us. We are very sorry for your loss.

  6. Nancy was a lovely person and a wonderful neighbor for Little Valley. She was always ready for a bit of conversation or a friendly wave. We will miss her.


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