Kimse Webster Williams

November 28, 1955May 31, 2018
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Kimse Williams of Knoxville, has gone to a higher place of rest on May 31, 2018. He was born in Robbinsville, North Carolina and was of the Baptist faith. Kimse worked in construction for most of his life. He was a beloved father and devoted husband to the love of his life Brenda. Preceded in death by his father, Mord Williams and mother, June L Williams. Survivors; wife of 16 years, Brenda Clark Williams and Sister, Selesty Blakley; Brothers, Posey Williams(Louise), Ted Williams ( Felipa); his beloved step-sons, Gatlin and Tylor McPherson, and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Weaver Funeral Home, Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm with service to follow. Family and friends will meet 10:45 am Friday, June 8,at Sherwood Memorial Gardens for an 11:00 am interment. Condolences are welcome at


  • Mord Williams, Father
  • June L. Williams, Mother
  • Brenda Clark Williams, Wife
  • Selesty Blakley, Sister
  • Posey Williams, Brother
  • Louise Williams, Sister-in-law
  • Ted Williams, Brother
  • Felipa Williams, Sister-in-law
  • Gatlin McPherson, Step Son
  • Tylor McPherson, Step Son
  • Several Nieces and Nephews, Other

  • Austin Whitmire, Active
  • Ed Mooty, Active
  • Terry Brown, Active
  • David Hughes, Active
  • Kevin Blakley, Active
  • Danny Williams, Active
  • Greg Moore, Honorary
  • Roger Clark, Honorary
  • Gary Clark, Honorary
  • J.B. McPherson, Honorary
  • The Whaley Group, Honorary


  • Visitation Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Thursday, June 7, 2018

Kimse Webster Williams

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Beverly Miller

July 3, 2018

To my dear sister, Brenda, in memory of my beloved brother-in-law, Kimse.

As I write this my heart breaks for you and I only know a smidgen of the grief you are enduring. You are my sweet, pretty, lovable sister whom everyone adores but no one adored you more than Kimse did. And the two of you shared a love that is so rare in today's world. I always loved Kimse's gentle ways with you and really he was gentle with everyone.

That's probably his most notable characteristic, right? His gentleness. He's been called a gentle giant, a gentle soul. I always thought of him as a big ole teddy bear. Nothing ever seemed to ruffle his feathers, or should I say fur? He endeared himself to all of us, first because of his love for you and Gatlin and Tylor and second because of his love and honor for mom and dad. Nothing ever seemed to be too much to ask. He just rolled with the flow.

I hate that I didn't spend more time with him. I know he was a man of few words so he would have hated all my "questions". LOL! But he always made me feel welcome and even more than that, he made me feel like I was special and that it was important for me to be here. You've got to love that ability.

I'm glad I was able to be here in TN with you when he passed. I'm glad I got to see him at Easter for dad's 90th. I am very sad he is gone but I'm doing my best to concentrate on his goodness, his kindness, his gentleness. There are lots of good things to remember about Kimse. I believe God allowed Kimse to die on Kimse's terms. It seems to me he would have hated being in a hospital so for that grace given, I am thankful.

So, in honor of Kimse, let's leave this on a light note. To my dear Kimse, when I think of my house, I will always remember that to you it was " a million dollar house" but sadly it has no "bidet"!

I love you my teddy bear brother-in-law.


June 21, 2018

My Tribute to Kimse

I’m Gary Clark, Brenda’s brother. I’ve known Kimse since they got married, 16 years ago. Although I haven’t spent a lot of time with him, like some of you have, I’ve come to know him by how he has treated my sister, her two sons, and the rest of our family. I’ve also got to know him by what I’ve heard others say about him over this time.

Here’s what I’ve learned: He was a gentle giant of a man. He was quiet, unassuming, but strong: strong in physical strength, and strong in character. He was someone who lived his life with integrity. He treated others with respect.

He was the answer to a prayer for my sister and our family. He was a loving, sweet husband to my sister. He was a father to Gatlin and Tylor, Brenda’s sons.

He was a unique and special person who wasn’t afraid to marry my sister with two young boys, one who is physically handicapped.

I can still see him carrying my mother, who had limitations due to a stroke, down to the pontoon boat so she could go out on the lake with us. I, and I’m sure, the rest of my family are eternally grateful to Kimse for that act of kindness and service to our family which is only one example of the kind of person he was.

As Christians, we don’t grieve without hope regardless of how sad we are right now that Kimse has left us. We have hope! We know we will see him again one day: him in his glorified body; us in our glorified body in the presence of God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ.

Roger Clark

June 18, 2018

Dearest Kimse
You are and will always be missed so very much by our Family . You were always so good to be around by the kind loving way You treated our Family . We had so much fun just being together just boating , playing games , shooting pool , playing Cornhole ETC . You were always the perfect match for My Daughter Brenda . We know , we will see You again some day on the other Side . So Rest IN Peace Dear Brother . until We meet again !
Your Father-in-Law
Roger (Gene) Clark

Brenda Clark-Williams

June 9, 2018

Kimse was a kind gentle soul always so calm who I loved dearly. I meant him at a time of my life that I was ready to give up on living. I was a single mother struggling to raise 2 children of one which is severly handicapped with cerebral palsy. I recall asking a friend that I worked with in a joking matter to pray that I would meet a good man and her being a religious woman replied in a serious tone that she would. About a week later I meant him (prayers answered !!) not sure of his intentions at first, after a dozen roses sent to my work, and a few phone calls later I decided to go out with him again. He called asking what we could go do that my boys would enjoy and that was that. Of course I fell in love with his little white puppy. We ended up naming him Barley.
Kimse was a simple man. A blessing to our family. I remember my father calling him Paul Bunyan because after mother had a stroke he would pick her up so easily and put her on our pontoon boat so she could go with us. So many good memories to hold onto.
Our last night together we spent sitting together on our back porch enjoying a cool breeze blowing. We talked and enjoyed our evening . I kissed him goodnight not knowing it was our last.(and so thankful for that memory) He said he was going to bed and I stayed up for a little while to watch TV when I went to our bedroom I found he was gone. He went quickly and peacefully in his sleep. I feel it's so important to be kind to each other. To love one another. Don't hold onto angry feelings. Life is so short! Go home and hug your loved ones, try to live every day like it is your last day, cause you never know what tomorrow might bring. Our 16 years went by like a blink of an eye. I don't regret a single moment I would do it all over again.

You will always be in my heart my sweet gentle mountain man
Til we meet again in a higher place.💕

Celina Clay

June 8, 2018

Kind, loving, patient, sweet,calm, hard working, and responsible are just a small handful of words to describe Kimse. He touched the hearts of so many. I was privileged to spend a special milestone in my husband Jack’s life with Kimse and my sister Brenda when they spent some time with us in Utah and attended the ceremony of my husband’s retirement from the military. What a honor to have Kimse pin Jack with his retirement pin at the ceremony. One of my many fond memories is of Kimse carving a pineapple into flower shapes for our fruit flower bouquet. With minute skepticism and a lot of sweat he carved each pineapple piece into the perfect flower shape and never once complained. He did this simply because I asked him to do it. This was Kimse. He always gave the very best he had to give to everything and everyone. I was fortunate to witness this over and over with the patience he showed with my sister and her two children whom he raised as his own. Kimse welcomed all of us into his life as he became a prominent figure in our family. I will miss him as will we all tremendously.

John & Cecilia Bishop

June 6, 2018

Kimse Williams we are going to miss you so!!! But I can hear Kimse in his calm, cool, collective but deep voice, Brenda Jo, everything is going to be alright!!! The 2 days I spent with Brenda and Family and Friends, the Company and his coworkers , I saw the Love, the offerings, the food, the people in and out of the house and if I heard it once I heard it several times that Kimse was one of a kind and he was. He was a simple man, a southern gentleman, a gentle giant. I had forgotten how Kimse and Brenda met. It was a blind date and during their date Kimse told Brenda that if he had known how pretty she was he would have dressed up more. It was a true Love Story for those two. You can see in their pictures at them looking at each other and know how much they loved each other. His Life was too short and too sudden but he is with his maker now. We will all have just wonderful memories of Kimse that will remain forever in our hearts. We will share laughter and tears for years to come sharing our memories of Kimse. He loved his Family, his friends, his coworkers and he was loved. Looking forward to our reunion some day Kimse Webster Williams!!!

Mark & Debbie Clark

June 5, 2018

Brenda - Debbie and I are sadden to learn of the loss of your husband. We all struggle for words to express at the loss of a loved one trying to comfort heart, mind and soul. We have you in our Prayers and thoughts. You have always been such a nice person. We truly wish you love and comfort that from knowing Jesus Christ can only give you at this time in your life.

We love you Mark & Debbie Clark
Clayton, North Carolina

Kimberly Whitmire

June 5, 2018

My brother in law a very sweet man. We are all sad and we all will miss him very much. I am very blessed that he was in my life as well as putting up with me as a sister in law. I will miss him deeply. I am really having a hard time and I know my sister is as well . I pray that God will send us peace. I love you Kimse R.I.P until we meet again. You truly was a blessing in all our lives

Jenny Parton

June 4, 2018

Rip ,my friend . U was truly a great man. I enjoyed hangin out with u ,shootin pool and ridin in the boat. Great memories. Thank u . I'll never forget ur hugs and u tellin me " ur gonna b ok ,kid". Ur gonna be missed Kimse. Love ya ❤

Michelle Morse

June 3, 2018

We loved Kimse so much. He was always nice and funny and welcoming etc. Our deepest condolences to all his friends and family.



“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. But for Kimse Webster Williams, it summarized in every way who he was. He was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around him and always thinking before acting. He was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything he did. He was a friendly person who truly cared about those around him.

       He was the son of Mord and June L.Hooper Williams. Born in Robbinsville, North Carolina he was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, he learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that he would carry with him throughout his life. He was raised in North Carolina and Hawaii.

      As a young boy, Kimse was always aware of how others around him felt and this quality served him well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Kimse was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Kimse was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where he could concentrate, Kimse also had the ability to relate well with his family and friends. Kimse was raised with three siblings. He had two older brothers, Posey and Ted Williams and one older sister Selesty Blakley. Kimse was constantly involved in activities with his family. Kimse and his siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

      Growing up, Kimse was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. He was content to entertain himself. Kimse was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, he was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything he did as a child, Kimse was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around him. Kimse took part in a number of activities as a child including football. In his spare time he liked playing in Long Creek, swimming.

      Kimse enjoyed learning. He always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Kimse was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. He often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Kimse was painstaking and accurate in his efforts. All of these talents culminated in a successful high school career. He graduated from Robbinsville High School in 1973. Kimse enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite subjects and teachers. His favorite class in high school was History. After high school he joined the service and learned to speak a little Korean while in the Army.

      Kimse had a good disposition for the challenges of college. He always enjoyed reading, so all of those lengthy required reading assignments seemed to be less of a burden for him. In fact, Kimse seemed to absorb and remember everything he read. Not all things came easily to Kimse, however, and he found success by being a diligent and accurate person who would dig into a project and work through until it reached its completion. He was very thorough and labored long and hard in order to reach his goals. He earned his Associates Degree. His favorite course was History.

      Most folks would say that Kimse was shy until they got to know him. Those who were privileged to know him well learned that he was a solid, good friend. Kimse was reluctant to generalize about people, and he based his friendships on his personal experiences. Because of this, Kimse best trusted those people that he truly knew. He was concerned about how those around him felt, and he always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. He could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that he made, Kimse kept. While growing up, some of his best friends were Richard Gladen, Dug and Kalvin Key. Later in life, he became friends with David Hughes, Matt and Greg.

      Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Kimse. In 2002 Kimse married Brenda Jo Clark at the home of Roger and Vivian Clark on Douglas Lake in Dandridge, Tennessee. He was totally committed to Brenda and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Kimse naturally sensed his spouse’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Kimse disliked conflict, he did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

     Kimse was blessed with two step children he treated as his own, Gatlin and Tylor McPherson.

      If you gave Kimse a deadline, he would meet it. At work, Kimse was always on task. Without hesitation, Kimse could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. His primary occupation was excavation worker and construction. He was employed for twenty plus years with Whaley and Sons as crew leader and with Sharp Construction and Claiborne. During that time, Kimse excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. He was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Kimse was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Kimse had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. He was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

      Kimse was an Army Veteran serving during the Korean War and served as an Army Medic. He seemed to thrive on the routines offered up by the military. Being a literal thinker with a calm exterior helped him handle the rigors of the military. He received several standard awards.

Kimse liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Kimse's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Kimse preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on his hobbies. His favorite pursuits were reading, boating, playing pool and watching the History channel. Kimse was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying his hobbies all by himself and could often be found just reading about his favorite pastimes.

      While thorough and measured in his approach to things, Kimse often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. He was like that with sports. In high school, Kimse played football. Recreational sports included boating. He also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, he was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite teams whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list was UT football.

      An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, his faith was important to Kimse. His compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in his personal beliefs. He was a member Long Creek Baptist Church.

      Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Kimse had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that he was the trip planner. He would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included cruises to the Caribbean and Mexico.

      Kimse had his dog, Barley, who was his best friend for 10 years, he wants Barley's ashes buried with him. His family was rounded out by his cat Smokey and his dog Casper. Kimse was as loyal to his pets as they were to him.

      Kimse passed away on May 31, 2018 at home in Powell, Tennessee. He passed in his sleep from a suspected heart attack. He is survived by his wife, Brenda; brothers, Posey and Ted; sister, Selesty; step sons, Gatlin and Tylor and several nieces and nephews. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Kimse was laid to rest in Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Alcoa, Tennessee.

      It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Kimse was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Kimse was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of man to whom everyone was drawn. He was thorough and practical. Kimse Williams was very literal with his words. You always knew where you stood with Kimse. He will be missed.