Chiyoko N. Williams
Chiyoko Nakahodo Williams, 60, of Pinehurst, died unexpectedly February 21, 2010, at Duke Medical Center.
She was born October 18, 1949, in Okinawa, Japan, to the late Bunki and Shiz-uko Nakahodo.
She is survived by her husband, David Williams; two daughters, Michele Scarbrough and husband, Drew, and their two daughters, Victoria and Melanie,of Yorktown, Va., and Christina Williams, of Pinehurst. She is survived by three sisters, Sekiko Iwao, of Tokyo, Japan, Yoshimi Miyazato and Chisae Nakasone, both of Okinawa, Japan.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Tatsuo Nakahodo, of Okinawa, Japan, and leaves behind three nieces in Japan.
She is also survived by her extended family, Claude and Jerry Williams, of Durham; Alan and Blanche Williams, of Durham; Pam Williams and Jack Allen, of Takoma Park, Md.; Lisa Williams, of Durham; Karen and Brian Van Horn, of Durham; Mary Esther, Susan and Cheryl Harward, of Durham. She also leaves behind two nephews, six nieces and other beloved family members.
Prior to her death, Chiyoko was an active member of the Fayetteville chapter of the Okinawa Kenjin Kai (cultural organization), where she had most recently served as its dance director and had previously served as secretary for several years.
Chiyoko was also a member of the Okinawan dance troupe, “Miyagi Ryu.” She enjoyed the camaraderie she shared with the ladies of these organizations and the opportunity to preserve, through dance, the heritage she was so proud of.
In addition to these activities, Chiyoko enjoyed golfing with her husband, taking care of her daughter, Christina, gardening and spending time with her granddaughters.
A visitation will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Boles Funeral Home, 425 W. Pennsylvania Ave. in Southern Pines, with a service to follow at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brain Injury Association of North Carolina, P.O. Box 10912, Raleigh, NC 27605.
Online condolences may be made at www.bolesfuneralhome.com.