Passing of Local Drama Teacher Inspires Petition to Name Auditorium After Her


The community is mourning the loss of Shannon Williams, a long time drama teacher at Smyrna High School, who passed away after battling cancer. Williams was 50 years old and taught at Smyrna High for over 20 years. Its evident she impacted many lives in her long teaching career.

In fact, a petition has been created asking Rutherford County Schools to name the Smyrna High School Auditorium after Williams.

The petition cites some of the many productions Williams oversaw and says “she meant a lot to her students. She deserves a great honor.”

As of the writing of this article, over 1,800 people have signed the petition.

The comments on the petition describe just how much the Smyrna High School community cherished her. Here’s a look at a few of the comments:

She was more than a teacher, she was a role model, a friend, and so much more. Didn’t matter if you were the most popular kid in school or not, she took the time to listen to you and always was willing to help. She always made sure everyone was involved and happy!

Mrs. Williams was so kind and everyone’s favorite teacher. She was the light wherever she was, and she cared about everyone. She deserves this, she made it home.

Sign the petition here.

Williams is survived by her loving husband, Matthew Edward Williams; her children, Kellar and Neely Williams and many other family members. Read her entire obituary here.

Funeral services will be Saturday December 1, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at LifePoint Church in Smyrna.

Memorials in memory of Shannon can be made to the National Brain Tumor Society at or by calling 617-924-9997.

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