Holly Williams Pens Touching Tribute To Her Late Sister, Promises To Show Katherine’s Children ‘Love and Light’

The Williams family is still reeling from the recent loss of Katherine D. Williams-Dunning, daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Dunning,…


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June 24, 2020


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The Williams family is still reeling from the recent loss of Katherine D. Williams-Dunning, daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Dunning, who tragically lost her life in a car accident on June 13, was laid to rest late last week. As the family continues to mourn her loss and attempt to move forward with life without their beloved family member, her sister Holly Williams shared a moving tribute to her late sister.

In a post shared to Instagram on Wednesday (June 24), Holly shared the words she wrote to read at Katherine’s service.

“My dear Katie, as I sit on the front porch this morning, I can only think of this exact day 1 week ago. We were preparing for Aunt Loretta’s funeral, you looked so beautiful & we were trying to decide what we would do with little Audrey during the service, where you so effortlessly handled your motherly duties as usual. You always exuded such joy, laughter, kindness and positivity no matter the situation. Hope was your friend and love was your anchor,” Holly wrote. “The depths of your love for your nieces and nephews reached as deep as the love for your own children. You were the most thoughtful and intentional Aunt that Stella, Lillie, Arlo, & Tennyson could ever ask for.”

She went on to share her gratitude for the time they got to spend together before her untimely death and praise Katie for her work as a working mom and wife.

“I am so thankful that I got to spend 3 days with you last week, we talked about how slowing down and focusing on motherhood was the most important thing to us right now, how we would start meeting once a month in Troy, Alabama at the farm so our babies could play, and how we would do more sister trips together. You and Hilary and I were all going to be there for each other forever, no matter what,” she shared. “I was always so in awe of your stamina with the high pressure jobs and schedules of you and Tyler, and the constant grace that you showered on your children, making them a priority in the face of exhaustion and overwhelm.

“How we got from Friday morning breakfast to now is still something I am not able to process,” she continued. “But we worked hard for you this week my girl, choosing your casket and resting spot was the most harrowing job I’ve ever been faced with. Holding Sam and Dad and your husband has been indescribably painful, but you would only want us getting stronger for each other minute by minute.”

As her heartfelt message to her sister continued, Holly shared a promise for her niece and nephew, the two children that Katherine left behind.

“I will light up more than ever for your children rather than shutting down in my own grief. They will know endless amounts of joy and see that there is still love all around them,” Holly pledged. “We will not shrivel in our beds, we will grieve appropriately and rise up for everyone still here who needs us so much, as you would want us to. I am committed to showing your babies your endless kindness and love and light. I am here for them in every aspect of their lives from helping with school planning to summer trips. We will all go on with hope in the face of hopelessness, with faith in the face of tragedy, and with the sweet assurance that you are in heaven with those that went before you. I know you always loved to hear Hilary talk about going to heaven during our car accident, before she was revived. You are in the colors and music that she said were indescribable, and we will all see you again. We love you endlessly…”

Katherine D. Williams-Dunning was 27 years old when she lost her life in a car accident on June 13 in Henry County, Tennessee.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Brad Wilbanks, Katie was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe that was involved in a single-vehicle collision near West Antioch Road Northeast of Paris.

Williams-Dunning’s SUV was towing a boat and was traveling Southbound on Highway 79 at 7:44 p.m. when the SUV crossed over the dividing median on the four-lane highway and rolled over, crossing Northbound lanes and stopping on the East shoulder. She died from injuries sustained in the accident on the scene, according to WKRN.

Her husband, Tyler J. Dunning, was also a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident. He reportedly sustained extensive, non-threatening injuries.

Tyler and Katherine married in October of 2015. She leaves behind two children, a 5-year-old son named Beau Weston and a 2-year-old daughter named Audrey Jane.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.