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Union senior Williams killed in auto accident

JACKSON, Tenn.Sept. 21, 2013UPDATED WITH FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS:
Union University senior Leighton Williams, of Old Hickory, Tenn., died early this morning after a weather-related car accident Friday night as she traveled from Jackson to Nashville.

Williams was initially taken to the hospital in Waverly, Tenn., but was moved to Vanderbilt University Medical Center around 2 a.m. She died at Vanderbilt at about 4 a.m.

"We extend our prayers and sympathy to the family of Leighton Williams," Union President David S. Dockery said. "We are grateful for her life and influence on so many. We trust that God's comfort and mercy will uphold the family at this time of loss."

A nursing major, Williams was a member of the Chi Omega sorority.

Her sister, Union sophomore Ashton Williams, was a passenger in the vehicle that Leighton was driving and was treated at the hospital for her injuries.

Union will hold a time of prayer Sunday at 5 p.m. on the steps of White Hall for those who wish to attend.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 3-6 p.m. at Hermitage Hills Baptist Church in Nashville. The funeral will follow at 6:30 p.m.

 

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9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University walk toward White Hall for the Union memorial service for Leighton Williams.
9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University walk toward White Hall for the Union memorial service for Leighton Williams. - Morris Abernathy
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9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University gather outside White Hall on Sunday afternoon to pray after the death of Union student Leighton Williams.
9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University gather outside White Hall on Sunday afternoon to pray after the death of Union student Leighton Williams. - Morris Abernathy
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9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University gather outside White Hall on Sunday afternoon to pray after the death of Union student Leighton Williams.
9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University gather outside White Hall on Sunday afternoon to pray after the death of Union student Leighton Williams. - Morris Abernathy
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9/22/13 - Union President David S. Dockery speaks to students and faculty at the memorial for Leighton Williams.
9/22/13 - Union President David S. Dockery speaks to students and faculty at the memorial for Leighton Williams. - Morris Abernathy
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9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University gather outside White Hall on Sunday afternoon to pray after the death of  Union student Leighton Williams. Williams died Saturday morning after a car accident Friday night.
9/22/13 - Students, faculty and staff of Union University gather outside White Hall on Sunday afternoon to pray after the death of Union student Leighton Williams. Williams died Saturday morning after a car accident Friday night. - Morris Abernathy

Media contact: Mark Kahler, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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