Susan Hardage Williamson

December 29, 1961 – May 15, 2022

We lost Susan unexpectedly after a fight with ARDS but she will forever be remembered by those who knew her.

Susan was born and raised in Carthage, MS.  Among other things, she was known for her classic brown Camaro and as well as being the Drum Major for the Carthage Tiger Marching Band.  After graduation from CHS, she attended Holmes Junior College where she was also Drum Major.  After her time at Holmes, she went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Special in Education at her beloved Mississippi State University.  Her next stop was as a special education teacher in Natchez, MS, where she had the misfortune of meeting her loving husband, Chris, at a crawfish boil.  After marrying in 1987, Susan went on to earn a Master’s degree in Special Education.  From there, Chris’ career took them to live in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, PA; Atlanta, GA and finally they settled in Birmingham, AL.  It was while in Pittsburgh that their son, Philip Boyd Williamson, was born in April of 1993.  Susan continued teaching at each stop and made an impact on the lives of everyone she met.  Upon retiring from teaching, Susan ran a successful Kumon tutoring franchise and continued tutoring after closing the business.

Susan had a great love of everything but especially her family, friends, children, animals and travel. Enthusiastic and outgoing, she could make friends everywhere be it a sports event, in line at the grocery store or at the local dog park.  Susan loved to serve others and served as room mother, team mom, Den Mother, and Assistant Scoutmaster.  She particularly loved Scouting and impacting young lives while watching her son Philip grow and attain the rank of Eagle Scout. She enjoyed many campouts, summer camps and even a horseback trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. She also enjoyed going on redfish trips with Chris.

Over the years, Chris and Susan were blessed to be able to travel and visited 40 states, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and the principality of Monaco.  She particularly loved Paris and the Normandy region of France.  Susan loved going to sports events and was fortunate enough to attend a Super Bowl, a World Series, many Saints, LSU, MSU and Vanderbilt games as well as multiple football national championships, four College World Series, many NASCAR races (what part of drying the track do you not understand, Susan?) and a Formula One race.  While she cheered for Chris’ team (LSU Tigers), Philip’s team (Vanderbilt Commodores), the Mississippi State Bulldogs were always #1 in her heart.  Her proudest MSU moment was their winning the College World Series in 2021.

Susan was preceded in death by her father Jack Hardage, mother Lynn Hardage, sister Norma Hardage Sanders, nephew Jimmy Sanders on her side and parents Bill & Nancy and brothers Bob & Rick on Chris’ side. Also preceding her were cats Boudreaux, Lagniappe, Susie Cat, Little Cat, Bob Cat, Boo and Thibodeaux and dogs Tank and Bear.  She is survived by her husband Chris, son Philip (Atlanta, GA), Norma’s daughter Stephanie (Butch), Jimmy’s wife Bree, sister-in-law Ellen (Baton Rouge), brother-in-law John (Debbie), nephew Brian Williamson (Jacalyn) and nephew Bill (Kelli) as well as numerous grandnieces & grandnephews.  Surviving Susan as well are Shenanigans the cat and dogs Boz & Maggie.  She was always an advocate for animals and a sucker for a stray or a rescue!!

You are invited to come celebrate Susan’s life at a crawfish boil (after all, that is how she and Chris met) Saturday, May 21 at Siluria Brewing Company from 2:00-5:00.  In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Susan’s name to Two by Two Rescue at P.O. Box 708, Helena, AL  35080 or online at

Thank you for being such a wonderful wife, friend and companion for all of these years and great adventures as well as the gift of our wonderful son Philip.  I will mourn your loss until the day we meet again in Heaven.


  1. Joshua Tubbs on May 18, 2022 at 10:22 am

    So very sad to hear. Susan was a very nice person with a great personality. Susan will definitely be missed.

  2. Brian Dickhute on May 18, 2022 at 10:22 am

    Wonderful tribute, Chris. May her memory bring warmth to your heart until you meet again. Love you, brother.

  3. Mary butler on May 18, 2022 at 11:08 am

    Willie, I am so so sorry about Susan…she loved you so much. Such a tragic loss. Will pray for you guys…

  4. Tammy Sample on May 18, 2022 at 11:17 am

    This is such a beautiful tribute to Susan
    Thank you for sharing Susans life story. She will truly be missed but she will never be forgotten. Love and Prayers

  5. Bettianne Williamson Hearn on May 18, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    Dear Chris and Ellen and family,
    What a sad time and such a shock to lose someone so young and just ready to enjoy all the anticipated good times traveling in the RV. My heart, love, and prayers go out to you, Chris. Please accept my condolences and know I am hear if you ever just need to talk. All your Williamson cousins have been notified so I hope you hear from them. We all love you very much.
    Bettianne Williamson Hearn

  6. davidand Caeole alberts on May 18, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    carulr and i feel as though we have lost a lifelong member of our family a loss of s kind, outgoing wonderful smart person that comes along once in life rime.chris you know we arethere for you always..

  7. Kim Clayton on May 18, 2022 at 4:47 pm

    Sorry to hear about this. My name is Kim Clayton, she was my class mate.
    Will keep you and your family in my prayers, doing your time of grief.

  8. Shaney Dunn on May 18, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Susan lit up the room, she gave tight hugs and always gave that direct eye contact and you knew she was focused on you. I can remember one day coming into work and had beautiful flowers on my desk with a card , she just wanted me to know how special I was. She made my day. That was the person she was. We loved talking about our kids and life. This tribute is outstanding . She was a earthly Angel and now a heavenly Angel. Chris if you ever need anything know I am here .

  9. Richard and Laura Aguilar on May 18, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Dear Chris,
    Our hearts are heavy as we read Susan’s beautiful obituary in disbelief. Susan was so vibrant and full of life and her selflessness continues to be displayed with the life she is giving others by donating her organs. May you lean on your faith and let God carry you and Philip through this difficult time. We will keep you in our prayers. Love, In His Name

  10. Linda Goffinet on May 18, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Chris and Philip,

    It was wonderful to read your tribute to Sue. I’m one of Curly and Opal Williamson’s daughter and I remember Dad and Mom speak of you often. It’s unfortunate our family became so scattered. It is heartbreaking to hear of Sue’s tragic post operative complication. It is good to hear that she lived a full life of service to so many and had plenty of fun, as well. May your memories encourage your hearts as you move through your grief. If you are ever in California I would love to see you. My condolences to both of you and may the good Lord comfort you at this time.

  11. Randy Littrell on May 18, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Chris, Susan was such a special person, helpful to all she encountered, always friendly and happy. You and Phillip are in our prayers.

  12. Jimi Broderick on May 19, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    That was beautiful! My heart goes out to you, Philip and your entire family!! Extremely sorry for your loss!!

  13. Sherry S LeFlore on May 20, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Dear Chris and Phillip,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Susan and I graduated together and prior to graduations we were band members. Susan, was an awesome friend. I am so sadden that she has departed this life. In reading her obituary, I found happiness in seeing that she lived a beautiful life. Memories I pray will bring beautiful comfort to you in the days to come. May God give you strength during this time of bereavement.

  14. Sherry S LeFlore on May 20, 2022 at 10:40 am

    Dear Chris,
    My deepest condolences to you and your family. Susan and I graduated together and prior to graduations we were band members. Susan, was an awesome friend. I am so sadden that she has departed this life. In reading her obituary, I found happiness in seeing that she lived a beautiful life. Memories I pray will bring beautiful comfort to you in the days to come. May God give you strength during this time of bereavement.

  15. Judy Bosarge on May 21, 2022 at 6:55 am

    Chris, Phillip, please know we cannot attend, but send thoughts and prayers to you today. Susan was a wonderful, thoughtful and caring person.. Loved her zest for life. God Bless you and the family.