Helen Diane (Chapman) Williams

October 9, 1950June 1, 2021

Diane Chapman Williams, 70, of Harrisonburg passed away at her home on Tuesday June 1, 2021. She was born on October 9, 1950 in St. Petersburg, FL, to the late David R. Chapman, Jr. and Helen Josephine Whitmore Diehl.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard; their daughter, Jennifer Young (John) of Staunton; their son, Christopher Williams (Lara) of Liberty Township, OH; and eight grandchildren; a sister, Denise Sager (Kenny) of Timberville; a niece, Karen Ennis (Tripp) of Timberville; and a great aunt, Frances Plecker, of Harrisonburg as well as many cousins and friends.

She graduated from Montevideo High School in 1969 where she played basketball and was active in 4H. She also attended James Madison University. She worked at the Belle Meade restaurant, which later became Pano's where she and her family frequently dined, socialized and created wonderful memories. She also worked in an eye doctor's office for several years under Dr. Preston. She was fulfilled as a wife and stay-at-home mom. It was what she said she always wanted to do and her loving husband made it possible. She loved and defended her family fiercely and was such an amazing, wise and loving mother and grandmother.

Diane was a supremely confident, intelligent, strong-willed and passionate woman who was not afraid to speak her mind. She was a fabulous entertainer and made the best pasta salad among many other recipes. She was an active member of Keezletown, Mt. Horeb in Hinton and Weyers Cave United Methodist Churches. She sang in the choir at both Keezletown and Mt. Horeb and was a soprano soloist.

Visitation is at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg on Saturday, June 5, from 5 pm to 7 pm.

A funeral service will be on Sunday, June 6, at the Keezletown United Methodist Church with Rev. T. Joel Robinette at 2 pm, with burial following at Keezletown Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, P. O. Box1477, Harrisonburg, VA 22803 or Harrisonburg Fire Department, 101 N. Main St., Harrisonburg VA 22801.

The family is grateful to the first responders and HPD for their amazing help and support.

Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements and condolences and memories may be shared by visiting


  • Leonard Williams, Husband
  • Jennifer Young (John), Daughter
  • Christopher Williams (Lara), Son
  • Eight, Grandchildren
  • Denise Sager (Kenny), Sister
  • Karen Ennis (Tripp), Niece
  • Frances Plecker, Great Aunt
  • Many, Cousins & Friends
  • Helen Josephine Whitmore Diehl, Mother (deceased)
  • David R. Chapman, Jr., Father (deceased)

  • Harrisonburg Rescue Squad
  • Harrisonburg Fire Department


  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 5, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Sunday, June 6, 2021


Helen Diane (Chapman) Williams

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Deb Medlin

June 7, 2021


I never met Diane, but you always shared such wonderful stories about her; I felt like I knew her. I know that she was so very special to you. I pray God's blessing and His peace, on you and your family now and always

Karen Monger

June 5, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. We were good friends in high school and I always enjoyed sleepovers at her home. We used to love listening to the Everly Brothers and talking about everything going on at school. Last time I saw her was at our 20th class reunion where we sat together and reminisced. I know she will be terribly missed by family and friends. May God bless and hold you all.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Karen Monger

Barbara Somers

June 4, 2021

Len I was so sorry to learn of Diane's passing. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Diane Ray

June 4, 2021

I went to grade school and high school with Diane. I will always remember her kindness. My heart goes out to her family.

Amy Owens

June 4, 2021

Len and Family --
I am so, so sorry for the loss of Diane. Len, your DEQ family is holding you very close, and is supporting you. May you find peace and comfort in those surrounding you.
-- Amy Owens

Tamara Ambler

June 4, 2021

Len, Please know that you and your family are in our prayers and thoughts. May the Lord's peace be with you all.
Tamara and Scott

Noel Thomas

June 4, 2021

Deepest condolences for you and your family. God bless.

Ann VanPelt

June 4, 2021

I was shocked and saddened this morning to learn of Diane's passing. She and I both grew up in Keezletown and attended the same church. Sincere condolences to all her family members.

Marie Marston

June 3, 2021

To the family of Diane William's: I worked at the Golden Corral on main st in harrisonburg for 20 years..I got to know Diane and her sweet family very well. I am so sorry for your loss. MARIE AND FAMILY.

Ann Clark See

June 3, 2021

To Diane’s Loving Family,
My deepest sympathy to all of you! Diane and I grew up together in Keezletown, childhood friends. We had a reconnection a few years ago and then COVID hit! We texted and talked over the last year about everything, but the one thing that stands out to me was the love she had for her family! A deep, deep love for all of you!
You are in my prayers!
Love, Ann