DeLois Williams Costner

April 26, 1937 - January 19, 2013
DeLois Williams Costner

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DeLois Williams ìDeeî Costner, 75, slipped quietly into the arms of her Jesus on Saturday, January 19th at the Elizabeth House. Her beloved daughters were at her side and she was surrounded by her loving family.

Dee was born in Cosby, TN to the late Dewey and Nancy Williams. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Darey Williams and Dorothy Ruff, and her former husband, Dwight Costner.

She was a resident of Henderson County and a ìBalfour Brat.î She graduated from Hendersonville High School where she played basketball. She was a member of Naples Baptist Church.

Dee retired from the US Postal Service after 26 years of dedicated employment. After her retirement, she gave back to her community by volunteering at the courthouse with the Sheriffís Department and with the public school system as a PSPM caregiver at Mills River Elementary and Rugby Middle Schools. Dee never passed up the opportunity to mentor, encourage and coach children. She could often be found at a park watching her studentsí sporting events. Her special joy came from watching her grandchildren play sports and attending all their various school functions and milestones.

Deeís lifelong passion was softball. She played in the womenís church, co-ed, womenís open and Henderson County leagues. She also enjoyed the fun of her teammates while playing travel ball in several states. Dee holds two Henderson County Records for softball. She is the only woman to play league ball for 30 consecutive years, and she is the oldest woman to play competitive softball until the age of 69.

She is survived by her two daughters, Lynn Pressley and her husband, Randy, and Donna Morrill and her husband, Dean; her three grandchildren, Jason Carriker, Erica Pressley and Travis Pressley, all of Hendersonville; her sister, Delma Wood of Wellington, KS; her brothers, Dewey Williams and wife, Birdie, of Fletcher, Frank Williams and wife, Debbie, and her twin brother, Doyle Williams and wife, Elena, all of Dana; and several cherished nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 AM Saturday at Naples Baptist Church with her pastor, the Reverend Richard Merck, officiating.

Memorials may be made to Samaritanís Purse Shoe Box Ministry, P.O. Box 3000

Boone, NC 28607. The Shoe Box Ministry was a cause Dee supported for many years and was the last project she completed.

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  • January 24, 2013
    Brenda Cope says:
    Lynn, We will be praying for you all. Your Mom always had a smile & will be missed greatly. I still remember her coaching Erica & Connor when they played basketball in the third grade. She was a very special lady. God Bless you all.

  • January 30, 2013
    Kim Gasperson-Justice says:
    I am so sorry to hear about Dee. I have many great memories playing softball with her when I was young. She was a gem. Kim Gasperson-Justice

  • January 28, 2013
    Bob Hoyer says:
    I had two girlfriends in high school ... and Dee was one of them. In 1955 we both played basketball for dear old HHS. She was a strong, vital, thoughtful, and beautiful young woman ... and, from what I have read, she remained exactly that throughout her life. She had a spectacular smile and a wonderful laugh. I went off to college and, unfortunately, "we lost track of each other." But for those of you who had the good fortune to be an important part of her life ... well lucky you. She was truly something special.

  • January 27, 2013
    Earl & Evileen Norwood says:
    Have fond memories of growing up will Dee. Our condolences to her family. Earl Norwood

  • January 27, 2013
    Don and Dorothy Clard says:
    I will miss my childhood neighbor and friend for life and that smile that warmed your heart. We shared birthdays and it will never be the same without her. Another Balfour Brat