Who was Lynda Brannen Williamson?
Lynda was born November 27, 1962 to Statesboro, Georgia natives Irvin and Kay Brannen and grew up in Metter, Georgia on the family farm. After attending Agnes Scott College and receiving a B.A. in Economics on an accelerated three-year program, Lynda married Hughes Williamson and completed her MBA at Georgia Southern University. She began her career in 1985 with Georgia Power Company. During her corporate career, she held positions in Sales, Marketing, Sales Supervision, and most recently, as local manager in Metter. Lynda and Hughes have 2 grown sons, Matthew and Jonathan.
Lynda was a central figure of female leadership and a first of many involvements. She held multiple positions in her local community and always encouraged community involvement. She served as the first female President of the Statesboro Rotary Club and sat as the first female Member of the Board of Directors for Sea Island Bank. She also served the United Way of Southeast Georgia, The Ogeechee Technical College Foundation, The Metter-Candler Chamber of Commerce, President of the Statesboro Service League and many other local organizations.
Despite her numerous achievements, Lynda considered her greatest accomplishment to be her two sons. Her goals for them were to serve Christ, receive a strong educational foundation and pursue a profession that would be self-fulfilling. She placed high importance on family devotion and particularly enjoyed family adventures to the beach and mountains. Lynda was selfless, community-oriented, charitable, helpful and in essence, a woman ahead of her time. She had a strong sense of style, which was always apparent in her interior design, appearance and events she and her husband hosted at their home. She was also a steward of land and had a keen insight in the fields of land development and forest conservation.
Lynda was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. She bravely fought with all she had until her passing in November 2014. This Foundation is her legacy.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.