Daughter of Hank Williams Jr. Dies in Car Accident
The daughter of Hank Williams Jr.—27-year-old Katherine Williams-Dunning—died in a car accident Saturday night (6-13) on Highway 79 near West Antioch Road northeast of Paris, Tennessee in Henry County. Williams-Dunning was driving a 2007 Chevy Tahoe southbound towing a boat when it crossed the dividing median of Highway 79 and stared rolling over, eventually crossing into the northbound lanes according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The accident occurred around 7:44 p.m. Saturday evening. Katherine Williams-Dunning’s was pronounced dead on the scene. Her husband, 29-year-old Tyler J. Dunning, was also injured in the accident, and was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center in unknown condition. “This is an active investigation and more details will be made available later,” Lt. Brad Wilbanks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a statement.
Katherine Williams-Dunning was the daughter of Hank Williams Jr.’s and his third wife Mary Jane Thomas. She was also the sister of performer Sam Williams, and half sister of performers Holly Williams, Hilary Williams from Hank Jr.’s second wife Becky White, and Hank Williams III from Hank Jr.’s first wife Gwen Yeargain.
Katherine Williams-Dunning was from Paris, TN, and lived in nearby Springville. She and Tyler J. Dunning have two children, a five-year-old son Beau, and two-year-old daughter Audrey Jane.
Williams-Dunning was also the owner of the clothing company called Weston Jane that she set up to help support herself as a mother, and other mothers. “Being a mom is hard, like really hard,” Katherine said about the business. “There is mom guilt, mom shaming and lets be real, most days we feel like we are failing. With so many people tearing mom’s down, I created Weston Jane as a way to build moms up. Our items are all either handmade or printed by another mom.”
This is not the first time tragedy has struck the Williams family. Both Hilary and Holly Williams were severely injured in an auto accident in 2006, with Hilary going into cardiac arrest and having to be flown by helicopter to the hospital.
More information when it becomes available.
June 13, 2020 @ 11:37 pm
And Hank Sr. died in a ca in his 20s.
And Hank Jr. had his near-fatal fall.
Sorry to hear about Katherine
June 14, 2020 @ 7:53 am
Hank Sr did not die in a car accident. He basically had a heart attack due to drug/alcohol combo. He just happened to be in a vehicle when it happened however he was not driving.
June 15, 2020 @ 1:20 am
I’m so sorry Hank love you brother hang in there I lost both my kids in my life
June 19, 2020 @ 7:53 pm
Condolences to all the family invovled this is not about her grandfather or father it was kathrine and her family praying 🙏🙏🐾
February 4, 2022 @ 7:35 am
And when you loose a child you loose a very large part of yourself! That you never get back! You weaken every day until it sucks the energy out! Makes a 45 year old feel 80! Will definitely shorten your life!
June 15, 2020 @ 11:42 am
Not the time or the place to try to one up someone. Hank and his family have suffered a great loss. Thoughts and prayers to all.
May 9, 2022 @ 2:28 am
May 31, 2023 @ 9:59 pm
Loved Hank Srs music from listening to mom and dads music, I grew up on Hank Jr music! MUCH love, hugs, blessings & prayers for all the loss in the Williams families.
October 23, 2021 @ 6:31 pm
I just now saw this info. Hank Jr. and entire family please accept my sincerest condolences. It is so sad and difficult for us to hear this kind of news but I know how absolutely impossible it is are you and the family when you have this tragedy happened to you . I am so so so sorry! I will be sending prayers your way. You may not feel like there’s a God in heaven at this time to even pray to or have the strength or sayings to get through this. Just always remember that the tiny Light Of Hope that you have from time to time is the light of God that shines upon you and holding you and his arms until you can stand on your own. I know, I’ve been through that kind of hell in 2014. So prayers will continue for you to see the light like your father said in one of his famous songs
“I saw the light”.
March 14, 2021 @ 3:39 pm
I have been a fan of hank sr,jr and three since I was 2 years old they’ve always been my favorite and I’m sorry to hear that Katherine’s untimely death
I love all of the hanks and I am truly sorry for your loss
July 12, 2021 @ 7:01 pm
That dreaded 27, again. Im sorry for your loss. 😞🙏🏾
Monty g. Cook
April 24, 2023 @ 9:07 pm
Prayers n thoughts with you guys, hope hubby is doing ok.
June 14, 2020 @ 4:25 am
Damn – it seems like there’s always something lurking around the corner for that family.
Will be praying for them.
June 14, 2020 @ 5:49 am
My heartfelt condolences to hank jr for your loss.my prayers the lod will guide and comforf you through these times. Love you buddy.Bobby
June 13, 2021 @ 5:10 pm
Sorry when anyone loses a child
June 14, 2020 @ 5:01 am
My heartfelt condolences to her husband and children and to Hank Jr and his family for their precious loss….I am keeping the entire family in my prayers…..May they find peace in knowing she is resting in the arms of Jesus now….I am also praying for her husband…may the Lord bring healing to his body and heart and may he be ok….those babies need their Daddy with Mommy now gone…..so very very sad….
June 14, 2020 @ 5:11 am
So very sorry for the loss of your daughter. You and your family are in my prayers.
June 14, 2020 @ 5:43 am
Hank jr. my heart is breaking for you right now as I read this terrible news.
May the good lord be with you on this tragic day, and the tough days to come……May God bless and comfort you and your family,
Rick Reynolds Family
June 14, 2020 @ 5:48 am
Man! I can’t imagine losing a kid.
October 23, 2021 @ 6:44 pm
DJ I can attest to the fact that there is no greater pain. I lost my one and only grandchild who lived and traveled with me since her 1st day of life. She and her 3 year-old baby girl were in an auto accident ultimately drowning in the Louisiana Bayou near their home. 54 days prior I lost my precious husband (a funeral director) who could not be there to help us thru the gut wrenching pain of funerals of young lives. This is why when I read this news of Katherine and her family it broke my heart causing tears once again to run like a river down my face. My prayers 🙏🏻 and love go out to her husband an dad,, Hank Jr. and entire family.
June 14, 2020 @ 6:38 am
She’s with her Lord and Her Grandfather Hank Williams Sr.
Lord bless this family and help the mourning to to produce love and understanding.
Vivian Madison Mahoney
August 28, 2022 @ 12:26 am
A sad update to my sincere condolences to Hank Jr. his son-in-law and children and the mother of Katherine. I extend them all over again again because this heartache and gut-wrenching pain does get smoother but never ends. Now my daughter, the mother of my granddaughter I mentioned above just died only 4th. I’m now, ar 82 the only one left of a 5 generation family. So Hank I can be your imaginary shoulder to cry on, or with. I love you and your music. Listened to your dad since I was nearly a baby. Cried my guts out all nigjt long on that New Years Eve when it was announced on our little Motorola radio in the Catskill Mt. Country, that your daddy had gone to Heaven. I was 12 just 22 days later. 😪
GOD CONTINUE TO PLEASE BRING INCREDIBLE BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HANK.
John, Joan Eacret
June 14, 2020 @ 7:36 am
Bank I have followed you and your mom Dad growing upwelling you and your family in our prayers.you are a very strong person and I know you will go through this well with your strong faith keep singing you bring much joy to a lot of people.lots of love ,prayers to you and yours
June 14, 2020 @ 8:08 am
June 14, 2020 @ 9:11 am
This is so sad my heart is broken my condolences to the entire family May she forever RIP 💔💔🎸
June 14, 2020 @ 9:21 am
I’m so sorry to hear. But I know you are a very strong person and you will be OK.
June 14, 2020 @ 8:42 pm
She was 27 and has two children. Bigger worry is will they be OK.
June 14, 2020 @ 11:02 am
Condolences to you and your family. I know how that feels. I lost my daughter one night at 25* in Minnesota. She was in hypothermia and froze to death at 35 years old
June 14, 2020 @ 12:13 pm
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Strait Country 81
June 14, 2020 @ 3:01 pm
Thoughts and prayers are as useless as cardboard in a fire
June 14, 2020 @ 5:34 pm
Dude, folks are expressing their condolences, and perhaps some members of the Williams family will someday chance upon this comment section in cyberspace. I suppose you’re rude at funeral homes, too.
June 14, 2020 @ 6:22 pm
Dang, chill out with someone who is sympathizing someone’s unexpected death. Rest In Peace.
July 30, 2020 @ 9:43 am
They really aren’t useless. People’s who’s heads aren’t up their own arse find them thoughtful and helpful. Even thoughtful atheists find them helpful and considerate.
January 30, 2021 @ 6:17 pm
My family and I have always related to Hank Jr. Heck seems like my husband and I grew up listening to his music. Our kids grew up listening to all his and his daddy’s songs along side of us. So when we heard about this we felted so heavy hearted for them all. As a parent we can’t imagine. As to her husband and babies I have no words just wondering why dear Lord?
As the holidays approached we didn’t get to have kids and grandkids over for up coming surgery. My husband and I talked about how bad we feel for Hank and his family. I told my husband the Lord must know how strong Hank is. The bible says he’ll never give us more than we can bear. With this being said. Let’s all keep our Country, our fellow Americans and good ole boys like Hank in our daily prayers. Just because we know our love one’s are safe in Jesus’s loving arms our hearts still break and leaves a calis that seems to never mend.
God bless everyone! Loss and sickness has seemed to surround us. We will continue to look to the light! In Christian love to all may God bless us and heal our land….
February 24, 2022 @ 3:17 pm
I happen to think prayers are the best way so people can reach out to those who have heard the shocking news and that way they are not alone in their sorrow. I lost a son…part of me is gone now..but I feel he is happy now…Stay tough Hank….you are so talented and love your music..God Bless You
June 14, 2020 @ 12:17 pm
My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family
October 23, 2021 @ 6:50 pm
DJ I can attest to the fact that there is no greater pain. I lost my one and only grandchild who lived and traveled with me since her 1st day of life. She and her 3 year-old baby girl were in an auto accident ultimately drowning in the Louisiana Bayou near their home. 54 days prior I lost my precious husband (a funeral director) who could not be there to help us thru the gut wrenching pain of funerals of young lives. This is why when I read this news of Katherine and her family it broke my heart causing tears once again to run like a river down my face. My prayers 🙏🏻 and love go out to her husband, precious children and dad, Hank Jr. and entire family. ❤
June 14, 2020 @ 12:25 pm
Sorry for lose , praying for you and the family! !!!
June 14, 2020 @ 12:53 pm
So sorry for your loss, RIP
June 14, 2020 @ 1:39 pm
my heart and prayers go out to you and your family
June 14, 2020 @ 1:47 pm
my girl Jackie has your family in her heart and prayers as well
June 14, 2020 @ 3:05 pm
My Sincere Condolences to the Williams family.
June 14, 2020 @ 5:55 pm
Sorry for the loss of your daughter, Katherine. May God be with you and give you the comfort and strength. Prayers for you and the family.
June 14, 2020 @ 6:08 pm
May the Lord bless you/your family and give you His leave. Praying for all family members.
June 14, 2020 @ 6:09 pm
Give you His peace!
Doyle E.Spider Bowman
June 14, 2020 @ 6:33 pm
Sorry for your loss Bocephus.You and your family will be in our prayers 🙏.You and your Daddy are always in my thoughts and heart .Both of you sing what you feel.Like I do with my poems I write.I like that about you.Have a very blessed life and keep on singing .Doyle E. Spider Bowman.
June 14, 2020 @ 6:36 pm
What a beautiful mom. There really aren’t any good words to say, just sadness, sympathy, and prayers for the family. Especially those kids …
June 14, 2020 @ 6:55 pm
My deepest sympathy for the Williams-Dunning family. Y’all are in my prayers.
June 15, 2020 @ 4:49 pm
Nothing can be said to express the sadness and grief the family is going through……..Life is a tough tough ride and for some, the tragedies seem to be greater than for others…….I am sorry and my prayers are with everyone of the family………..
June 15, 2020 @ 8:26 pm
SO SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF YOUR DAUGHTER, KATHERINE.YOUR FAMILY, ALONG WITH HER HUSBAND, AND CHILDREN WILL BE IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS 🙏🙏🙏🙏
March 11, 2022 @ 3:05 pm
Sorry for your loss I saw you at Frontier City in oklahoma city many years ago as a matter of you gave me a guitar pick n I still have it.God Bless you n ur family
June 27, 2020 @ 6:04 pm
Let’s hold the entire Williams Family up in Prayer. Especially Katherine’s Children,and Husband, and Parents,and Siblings. Pray Jesus Christ would comfort them and help them get this this.
February 20, 2021 @ 4:59 pm
Hank I lost my son in 2012 at age of 41. Hit by a put walking. So I know you feel he was a good guitarists, lead, my 0nly child, it really hurt. I taught him guitar. I’m also a guitarists of 67 years. I know if I hadn’t known Jesus , as you, we wouldnt survived. I’m so sorry for you to have lost a beautiful daughter, and I know it will hurt from now on. My has been almost 9 years and sometimes it seems like just yesterday. I’ll pray for your loss. I write this because your a great singer, songwriters, guitar player, love all your music , yours. Your dad’s and family and play it. But you’re a dad too who will mourn your daughters loss for ever. I know nothing hurts like this, again I’m so sorry. God bless you and family.
March 8, 2021 @ 11:30 am
OmG…..thats a heart blow..sledge to the chest…. Condolences
March 27, 2021 @ 9:09 pm
SO, so terrible! Thoughts and prayers to your family 🙏🙏🙏💜💜💜
July 5, 2021 @ 5:02 am
Sorry for your loss the memories of her will help to see you through this difficult time in your life. Sending prayers and hugs for you and your grandchildren.
July 11, 2021 @ 10:43 am
Hank and to all your family I will keep you guys in my prayers. To all of the Williams family try to stay strong and keep your faith there is a plan for us all some of us are here for a short time and others it seems like its too long…. just keep your faith God bless
September 13, 2021 @ 3:36 am
I am also a big fan of Hank Hank jr. And Hank the Third my condolences to that to the Williams family for their loss may God be with you brother amen🙏🙏🙏!!
Robert Keith Simmons
October 27, 2021 @ 6:13 am
There’s no words that can describe what the Williams and Dunning families are going through bless yaws hearts. There is also no words I can say or know what to say to express how I wish I could do more for you all I have three girls of my own and couldn’t dream of how it would affect me only thing for sure I can say is only one person to turn to during the roughest times in life and I know I don’t have to say who that is God bless the Williams and Dunning families. Robert Keith Simmons. Coleridge,North Carolina
February 4, 2022 @ 4:18 pm
I really feel bad about that for you and your family you will always be in my prayers with your family
I can’t understand how carless and stupid her husband was and is I love shot him in his head with a 12 gauge double barrel shotgun two lead slugs and would if I ever saw him
Love your music
No body every had as good music
Rember when you re leased young country and came to get the man for the video
From Dale Elkins
April 30, 2022 @ 6:27 pm
Sorry for your loss… praying for your entire family..
April 30, 2022 @ 6:31 pm
No words could make the Dunning or the Williams family feel less heartbreak…I am sending my condolences to the family l
November 25, 2022 @ 10:36 am
Sorry for your Lost Hank.