Sue Williams Lane

December 20, 1930March 24, 2018

Sue Williams Compton Lane passed away March 24, 2018 at home surrounded by her children. Sue was a gifted artist in her community. After being widowed at a young age, raising her 3 children, and remarrying, she entered college and graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee. She went on to teach art for 18 years before retiring. Sue loved people and was an active community volunteer for many local organizations. After being widowed for the second time, she became active with Gates to Hope. She was a founding, and charter board member of the Fountain City Art Center and could be found volunteering there weekly. She painted and took art classes throughout her life. As an active member of Cedar Lane United Methodist Church (formally Inskip United Methodist Church) she was on many committees and served the community through their outreach efforts such as the Kids Closet, hospitality committee and the food pantry. A quiet philanthropist, Sue supported many causes in the community. She loved travel and considered herself lucky to have traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Australia. She never met a stranger and was loved by all who met her and was known as “Mama” Sue to her children’s friends. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, C.H. (Hurst) and Opal Osborn Williams, brother George R. Williams and loved husbands Fred O. Compton and Howard P. Lane. She is survived by the children who loved her dearly, David R. Compton, Cheri G. Compton, Cathy Compton Benedict and husband, Jeff Benedict. Sue adopted many people along the way, but none more special to her than Dottie and RedPaint Spilman. She is also survived by siblings Bob (Carolyn) Williams, C.H. (Louise) Williams, Doug (Pat) Williams, Beverly (Bill) Ramsey and Joyce Curington; as well as many nieces and nephews and much loved friends. There will be a graveside service at Sherwood Memorial Gardens on Alcoa Highway on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cedar Lane United Methodist Church at 714 Cedar Lane, Knoxville, TN 37912, Fountain City Art Center, 213 Hotel Ave., Knoxville, TN 37918 or Bill’s Blankets, 2214 Fenwood Ave, Knoxville, TN 37918. Please visit to leave condolences for the family.


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Earlene Lambdin

March 28, 2018

To Sue's family .... sending you my sympathy and prayers for the loss on this earth of Sue. She was a lovely lady and so talented. Many of us have such good memories of Sue.
Earlene Smelcer Lambdin

Phyllis Holladay

March 27, 2018

I will always remember your mom's wonderful laugh and smile! She made our childhood special as one of the best "neighborhood moms". Cathy, Cheri, and David, I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Phyllis Holladay

Teresa Crouse Micuda

March 27, 2018

Cheri, David and Cathy,
I'm so sorry for your loss. Aunt Sue was such a positive influence on me growing up. I will miss her dearly but I will cherish all the wonderful memories.

With much love and deepest sympathy,

Bob Meadows

March 27, 2018

Cheri and family,
Sue was such an inspiration to me personally and everyone at the Art Center. She was always trying new media to create her works of art, never sticking to just the tried & true methods. Her smile always greeted everyone and made us all feel welcome. We will sorely miss her!!
Bob Meadows

Lori Williams Overton

March 27, 2018

I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom. She was special and talented. She played a big part in my "growing up " years on Snowdon. I cherish the memories and I'm proud to own some of her art!

Andrea Bartlett

March 27, 2018

I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. May the Lord wrap his comforting arms around her family and friends at this time. Love Hugs Prayers.

Marcy Dickert

March 26, 2018

Remembering with the family.........Sue.......who meant so very much
to so many. She will be deeply missed at the Fountain City Art Center.

Debbie Acuff

March 26, 2018

Your mom and I shared many memories and adventures together. She was a very special lady and will always hold a warm place in my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this trying time. I will miss her and treasure our long and loving friendship. Love, Debbie

Natalie Smith

March 26, 2018

Sue was a wonderful woman, with a great smile and a love of life. She will be missed is so many ways by those who knew and loved her. What a wonderful life to celebrate. I send my condolences to her loved ones and hope that you will all be able to have peace and comfort during this difficult time.