Berry Funeral Home

3704 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN


Leo Dale Williams

April 4, 1939May 18, 2020

Leo Dale Williams, 81, peacefully entered his Heavenly home on Monday, May 18, 2020 at his residence in Knoxville, TN.

Leo was born on April 4, 1939 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Virgil L. and Trilby “Ambline” Williams. He was the youngest of four children and the only son.

He grew up in Hazel Park, MI where he was a member of Temple Baptist Church. Leo was a graduate of Hazel Park High School, 1957 and continued his education at General Motors Institute in their mechanical engineering program. His career with General Motors began in 1961, and he retired from GM after 31 years of service.

He married the love of his life, Deanna Partin, in 1961. They spent 59 years loving, laughing, and raising their family. He was a founding member of America’s Corvette Club of Michigan, where he and his wife formed lasting friendships and made many enjoyable memories together.

He is survived by his sweetheart, Deanna; two children, Todd (Theresa) Williams of Knoxville, TN and Terri (Lane) Lauer of Ortonville, MI; four grandchildren, Kaitlin and Sarah Williams, and Blaze and Kacy Lauer; three sisters-in-law, Phyllis Ayers, Eilene Partin, and Shirley Partin; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Ambline Williams; and his three sisters, Ruth Cunningham, Gayleen Lindquist, and Barbara Daniel.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Parkinson’s Disease Association (APDA)https://www.apdaparkinson.org/1907d3l/.

Family will receive friends Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 2-4pm at Berry’s Funeral Home, 3704 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37920. Service will follow at 4:00pm, officiated by Reverend Drew Prince. Burial will occur at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, MI.

The service will be live streamed on the Berry Funeral Home Facebook Page starting at 4:00 pm


  • Visitation

    Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 23, 2020


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Frederick & Barbara Driver

May 29, 2020

Great trips with the Corvette club and many, many great memories with Leo and Deanna. RIP Leo

Kirk and Carol Dale

May 28, 2020

Dear Deanna
So sorry to hear of Leo’s passing
We enjoyed our friendship as members of America’s Corvette Club, especially the trip to TN as a group. Sad when you moved but great memories for you there.
Such a beautiful couple. Wish we could attend service, terrible time here in MI. May God give you strength now and in the days ahead.
Sending our love. Kirk and Carol

Tom Allison

May 26, 2020

Todd - we will continue to keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers in this time of loss.

Tom, Steffani, Austin, and Matthew Allison

Kelli Dreger

May 22, 2020

Aunt Deanna, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Found an old photo I thought you might like.

Gayle Monea

May 22, 2020

Deanna and Family,

I remember visiting you and Leo about 52 years ago. You both made me feel at home and very comfortable. Leo was very kind. I am so very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will comfort and sustain you all.

Revelation 21:4 is so comforting to me. " He will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."

Your cousin, Gayle Monea

Ken and Kathie Van Loon

May 20, 2020

Dear Deanna and Family - Our hearts were so saddened to hear of Leo’s passing. As we well know - it was actually his “homegoing”♥️ We pray God’s strength and comfort for all of you. We have such great memories of our Corvette fun and travels together ♥️

Nancy and LeRoy Reibling

May 20, 2020

Deanna and family, we are so sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. Your in our thoughts and prayers. We have a lot of fun memories with you both from the corvette club’s many activities and trips and having fun at the Halloween packing bags at your home for the party at the hotel for kids. Leo was a very special friend and will be missed. Hugs and love to you, Deanna.

Vicki and Richard Heldenbrand /Townsend

May 20, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We had a lot of fun with you and Leo in the corvette club. We missed you when you moved away. May Leo RIP

Diane Dube

May 20, 2020

Deanna and family, Bob and I are so very sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. We fondly remember the fun times we had with America’s Corvette Club, especially the trips.

Don & Linda Dayne

May 20, 2020

So sorry to hear of Leo’s passing. We often think of you both and consider ourselves very lucky to have had you as kind and considerate neighbors on Seymour Lake. May the memories you have of the times spent together provide comfort at this sorrowful time.


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