Rita Hyatt Williams

rita williams

February 4, 1947 ~ May 13, 2023

Born in: Greensburg, PA
Resided in: Fletcher, NC

Rita Mae Hyatt Williams, 76, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2023 at her residence.

Mrs. Williams was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Dolores Maxine Coy Beaufort and her husband, John “Jack” Robbins Williams, Jr.

Rita loved to volunteer at the homeless shelter at Haywood Street Congregation and made some great friends there.

She is survived by her step daughter, Cheryl “Dee” Williams; a step son, Kevin Williams (Cindy); three grandchildren, Jason Williams (Amanda), Doug Williams (Cortney), and Amy Jones (Mike); six great grandchildren, Jackson Jones, Ellie Jones, Whit Williams, Rory Williams, Teague Williams, and Tenesyn Williams and an honorary granddaughter, Nicole Hensley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at the WNC State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Asheville Humane Society, www.ashevillehumane.org


Memorial Service:

Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery Chapel
962 Old US Hwy 70
Black Mountain, NC 28711

(919) 664-1195

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Memories Timeline


  1. It was a pleasure to to meet and get to know “Grandma Rita” when Doug came into Cortney’s life. She was definitely a bright spot in the Williams’ family (and she brought good food to family gatheringa!) Blessings to Dee, Doug and family.

  2. I was so blessed to know Rita. She was sunshine in the church basement when we had the clothes closet there. When we moved upstairs she continued to serve even though she was having health concerns. After the closet closed she moved to the kitchen to help. I was always glad to see her because she greeted everyone with her smile. She has been missed while she was ill. She will be missed even more now.

  3. Jonna and Larry say: We’ll always remember Rita and Jack as very dear friends and will never forget all the good times and vacations we spent together and all our long talks. We both loved you very much and will miss you dearly. Rest in peace.

  4. Rita was my cousin and my friend. I will always hold our times together dearly in my heart. I will miss her always.

  5. Rita was the best neighbor we could have, she was always there for us when we needed her and will be missed.

  6. What a sweet lady. I am so glad we got to know Mrs Rita and very happy to call her my friend. She will be missed

  7. Rita was a dear friend to many of us at the Haywood Street Congregation. She was sweet and sometimes sassy and we loved all of the time we spent together, including our monthly luncheons. We will miss Rita for a very long time!

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