Donnie Albea Williams, passed away on Friday, August 19, 2022 at the age of 84 following a battle with Alzheimer’s, surrounded by loved ones. Donnie was born on May 22, 1938 in Hendersonville, North Carolina and was the daughter of the late Margaret H. Jackson and Lowell Jackson.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, John Louis Albea; one sister, Minnie J. Evans; and husband, Robert “Dit” Williams.
Donnie was a hairdresser early in her life. She worked 10 years at Berkley Mills. She raised her two sons following the passing of her husband, John, in 1971. In 1992 she married Dit Williams. Donnie will be remembered as a loving and adoring daughter, wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. Those close to her will also remember her as a phenomenal baker and cook.
Donnie leaves behind her two sons, Greg Albea (Julie) of Mills River, NC and Chris Albea of Hendersonville, NC; stepson, Hayes Albea (Jennifer) of Etowah, NC; two stepdaughters, Brenda Gist (Gary) of Charleston, SC and J. Beth Williams of Greenville, SC; grandson, John Albea (Caroline) of Hendersonville, NC; granddaughter, Lindsay A. Bannister of Winter Garden, FL; granddaughter, Emily A. Violette (Jamie) of Hendersonville, NC; grandson, Brian Albea (Samantha) of Round O, SC; grandson, Cameron Albea and granddaughter Sarah A. White (Austin), both of Saluda, NC; granddaughters, Andrea A. Vallencourt (Mike) and Megan A. Nagy (Spence), both of Florida; granddaughter, Valerie Gist and granddaughter, Shelby Gist, both of South Carolina. She is also survived by seven great grandchildren, Wyatt and Boone Albea, William, and Abigail Violette, all of Hendersonville, NC, Eliana and Adeline Vallencourt of Florida, and Amelia Flynn of South Carolina; two nieces; and a special caregiver and friend, Ellen Williams of Hendersonville, NC.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Forest Lawn Funeral Home. A graveside service will immediately follow the visitation in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Hayes, Greg and Chris – I am sorry to hear about this.
My trips to North Carolina always included a visit to see Donnie. How I will miss that. She will hold a special place in my heart. Thinking of you Greg, Julie and the family.
My trips to North Carolina always included a stop to visit Donnie. How I loved them. She will always hold a special place in my heart. My heart breaks for you all as you navigate this loss. Thinking of you Greg, Julie and family.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Donnie was so sweet and caring. I will miss her dearly! It was a pleasure to take care of her.
Greg, Julie and family-We are so saddened to hear of Mrs. William’s passing. We know how very dear she was to all of you and how close you were. She leaves a special legacy that will carry on forever. Much love.
So sorry for your loss she was a very sweet lady and had a beautiful smile that lit up the room.God Bless,prayers for all.Glenn and Laura Morgan
Albea’s I am so sorry for your loss. She was the sweetest lady and she was always so nice to me. I know you will miss her. Thoughts and prayers.
Sorry for your loss .We will all miss her .Hopefully she is happy in a better place .
So very sorry for your loss. Greg, the amount of care and love you have always shown to your mother, on a daily basis, was inspiring to those around her. How blessed she was to have you as her son. I know she will be greatly missed by you and your family. Sending love and prayers for your family.