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Dunbar Funeral Home (Devine)

3926 Devine St, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Lydia Holbrook Williams

November 20, 1955September 4, 2019
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COLUMBIA - Our last day should not be feared, for it is the dawn of eternity.

Lydia Holbrook Williams, 63, slipped away peacefully into heaven with her family by her side on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

Lydia, known as “Lollie” to her four beloved grandchildren Banks, Locke, Holbrook and Heston, celebrated every inch of life around her. Born in Washington, DC to the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Holbrook, Sr., she was a magic-maker, master chef, pianist, poet, storyteller, selfless listener, Christmas elf, miracle worker, community leader, philanthropist, art lover, problem solver, love letter writer, calligrapher, world traveler, book enthusiast, animal rescuer, memory maker, wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend extraordinaire. She knew no limits on love, acceptance, grace, and wisdom.

She attended Oglethorp University and Brenau Women’s College and was a devoted member of Phi Mu Sorority. She was an avid volunteer and board member with animal rescue organizations throughout the state of South Carolina. With her creative spirit, Lydia successfully owned and operated Scarlet’s Closet boutique for many years in Summerville, SC as well as becoming a fixture working at Invitation Station in Columbia.

Lydia was the inspiration behind the best-selling children’s book The Lollie Tree written by her daughter Whitney. She truly was our Lollie, the roots and strength of our family. She was extraordinary in her awareness that life and love are best shown in the details.

She leaves behind the love of her life, Paul David Williams, and what she considered her greatest gifts: her children, Whitney Williams McDuff (Jimmy) of Charleston, Hunter Thomas Williams (Sarah) of Lexington, Preston David Williams (Carly) of Atlanta. Also surviving are her brother, Thomas A. Holbrook Jr (Jeanne) of Big Canoe, GA,; sister, Leslie Ann Holbrook of Dallas, GA; and her nephew, Airman Mason Wesley Goodroe, USAF, of Wichita, KS.

The family encourages the celebration of this treasured wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend and Lollie on Monday, September 9, at 2:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, 3926 Devine Street Columbia SC 29205. Visitation will be from 1:00 until 1:45 p.m. prior to the service and briefly following at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway Columbia SC 29212; or CAPA’s Closet of Beaufort, 1340 Ribaut Rd, Port Royal, SC 29902.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Monday, September 9, 2019
  • Visitation Monday, September 9, 2019

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Debbie & Billy Terlato

September 9, 2019

Dearest Paul and Family
We are so shocked and sad to hear of Lydia's passing. We send our deepest sympathy and prayers to all of you. Club Terlato will never, ever be the same without Lydia. She touched all of us through her magnetic smile, hearty laugh, warmth, spirituality and unique style. Lydia was someone you wanted to know and when you did, you knew you had a friend for a life time! She could light up a room and she has left us with such fond memories during all of our CT excursions. We are better and blessed to have known her. We know your wife/mother will live on through the memories you all share. She would want you all to live, love and laugh as she did everyday! XOXO

Emily Holyoak

September 9, 2019

My sincerest condolences to you Paul and family. I never had the privilege of meeting Lydia, but can see the love and care in her photos and sweet memories written about her. Thoughts and prayers to you and the family.

Emily Holyoak and Holyoak Family

Gretchen Hutt

September 8, 2019

Dear Paul and family of Lydia,

I knew Lydia in 8th grade at Eastern High School. We hung out at Hurstbourne Country Club the summer after 8th grade. She was one of the prettiest girls I have ever met. We had some competition with the boys but other than that, we had a great time, lol. I had not heard from her in years until a few years ago I looked her up on Facebook. We connected, and she connected with the Eastern High School group. I have so enjoyed seeing all of her pictures of her beautiful family. I can see what a blessing she was to all of you. I am shocked and saddened that she is gone. May her beautiful memories hold you through all of the days to come.
May the peace of Christ be with all of you,
Gretchen Hutt

Jimmy and Lila Beckham

September 8, 2019

We are so sorry to receive this news. Know ALL of y’all are in our thoughts and prayers. She was a very special lady, a ray of sunshine , and that SMILE it was a very special one of a kind smile!!!

In the days to come, please know y’all are in our prayers.

Jimmy and Lila Beckham

Leigh Champion

September 8, 2019

Oh how I will miss this fabulous lady! She always made an effort to see us because family was so important to her. She was larger than life and will surely be missed. Heaven just got a little brighter. Love and peace to Paul, Hunter, Whitney and Preston. ♥

Dottie Champion

September 7, 2019

Oh my.........sharing my memories of the absolute FORCE that was Lydia is like trying to lasso the stars! Her role in my life came about through her beloved husband, my treasured first cousin, when she immediately became my cousin as well. Always a never failing supporter of all of us who were blessed to call her family, Lydia will leave a void in the lives of many, including me. Rest in Heaven precious one, you have deserved the brightest of golden halos. I will miss and love you always. ❤❤❤❤❤Dot

Andrea Andrews

September 6, 2019

Dear,dear Whitney, I was so shocked to see this obituary ! i did not even know that she was sick. Your mother loved you dearly and was so proud of everything you did in life. She was also a fabulous cook. Rick ( my precious husband who died too young ) raved about her cooking. Thinking of you Whitney !

Donald Chance

September 6, 2019

Our hearts are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our dear friend. Condolences to family and friends. My twin bother and I grew-up with Lydia, (Ridgeview High School). Needless to say she was very popular. We savor the time's spent together. Lydia enthused class and made all feel special. Forever in our heart's.

Jane Etta Bryan

September 6, 2019

Lydia could light up a room even if it were just a smile or laugh you could feel on the phone. She was a “real person”., no airs, you knew from the minute you met her that her family was her reason for living and she made no apologies in the pursuit of making sure that their lives were full of magic, wonder, awe, happiness, laughter and togetherness. As we were raising kids, sometimes there would be some issue at school, just some foolishness or some crazy new rule and she would handle it for all of us with her, “oh no, this isn’t going to happen.” And, I knew we were in the best hands! You could not be around her and not smile and usually you were laughing. I regret that after I moved away I never made the effort to reconnect. I cheated myself because she was an amazing person. She has no doubt, passed her special magic on to Whitney. I think she knew that and felt the happiness and love come full circle. She truly was a great friend, the very best mother, and there was no doubt a great spouse. I feel sad for all of you guys but you must never forget that God chose to bless you with the most amazing woman! Love, Jane Etta

Marina Collier

September 6, 2019

Vibrant, Caring and Loving was Lydia in a nutshell.
At work every morning I was greeted with hello sweetness, hello sunshine or just sweets that brightened my day. Then there was "Hey Toots!" When she needed my attention, those endearments will remain some of my fondest memories.
Her fierce devotion to her family and furry family was amazing to behold. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to them in this time of loss of such a beautiful, expressive , exuberant and wonderful LADY as Lydia was.

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