Linda Brown Hawley

Born in Nashville, TN on November 15, 1954

Departed on October 23, 2020 and resided in Knoxville, TN

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Linda Brown Hawley, 65, of Knoxville, TN passed away Friday, October 23, 2020 at Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN following a long, courageous battle with cancer. Born November 15, 1954 in Nashville, she was the daughter of Joe E. Brown and the late Frances Williams Brown. Linda graduated from Powell High School where she was a member of the school band and later received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She spent her working career as an office administrator and most recently worked at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Knoxville. She was a caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister. She loved family gatherings and especially enjoyed the holidays. She loved to cook and took great pleasure in preparing meals and being the perfect hostess. There was always room in her home for both of her sons’ friends and teammates. Linda loved gardening, the hummingbirds that visited that garden, adventures to the lake, river and mountains. She also enjoyed cheering on the The Pride of the Southland Marching Band and the Lady Vols basketball team. Linda is survived by her husband, Craig Hawley; her sons, Andrew (Miranda) Hawley and Zach Hawley; grandchildren, Wyatt and Ryland Hawley; her father, Joe E. Brown; sister, Jennifer Brown; brother, Mike (Christy) Brown as well as extended family members and a host of friends. A Celebration of Linda’s life will be held at Connell Memorial United Methodist Church, Goodlettsville, TN as well as online at: on Tuesday, October 27 at 3PM. Visitation will be held from 1-3PM. An additional celebration will be held at The Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Saturday, Nov. 21st. at 11 AM. Please email with your name and phone number if you intend to attend the service at church. The service will also be live-streamed at or
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (

16 Comments to Linda Brown Hawley

  1. Kathy Jo Phillips Meadows
    October 26, 2020 10:21 am

    Linda and I were friends in elementary school. She was, always, the sweetest girl. I loved being in her home with her loving parents; sister; and brother. They had such a warm atmosphere with plenty of laughter. Two memories that will always be with me. Mrs. Brown had the first dishwasher I had ever seen. It was a lot of work for her to move that heavy thing across the kitchen floor and hook to the sink faucet! And, poor Linda, had to wear a contraption for her braces when she went to bed. I always had tears when her Mom, lovingly, put it on her. Linda was a great sport about it. I am so very sad to hear this news of her passing. My prayers are with her family. This is your “pause”, until you are reunited in Heaven with Linda and her Mom.

  2. Betty Everett
    October 26, 2020 11:58 am

    While, I didn’t know Linda for a long time, when we first met, it was as if I had known her all my live. Such a woman of courage for she wore the most beautiful smile, as she went about taking care of others before herself. Her sister and brother were truly a team with Linda leading the way. The team formed in childhood and continued with jokes, laughter, tears and cheers through times together. May God be with the Brown and Hawley Families as they travel this journey, bring peace to their hearts beyond understanding

  3. Pam & Glenn Stewart
    October 26, 2020 12:42 pm

    Craig, Andy, Zach and family you are all in our prayers. She will be so missed. She fought a tough fight. But that is who she was – she was a tough one. A tough one with a huge heart. She loved and cared for everyone she came in contact with. She loved her boys!!! She was so proud of all of you. She was one of the best friends I will ever have. Love you all.

  4. Kathy Hobson
    October 26, 2020 12:55 pm

    Craig, Andy and Zach,
    You have all been in my prayers and will continue to be. Linda was one of the best and will certainly be missed. She loved her family dearly.
    We love all of you,
    Kathy, Jeremy and Will Hobson

  5. Mary Jane Locke
    October 26, 2020 2:27 pm

    Linda was a wonderful friend for over forty years. She was a very warm lady who extended that warmth to everyone around her. We will all miss her and our prayers are sent for the entire family. Peace in Gods arms Linda

  6. Sue Frazier
    October 26, 2020 2:38 pm

    Craig, Andy and Zack,
    My heart is broken to hear of Linda’s passing. She was such a kind and courageous person. Our prayers will continue for each of you. We will miss her and her wonderful smile.
    Stan, Sue and Ashley

  7. Mandy Million
    October 26, 2020 3:25 pm

    Craig, Andy and Zach,
    Linda was one of the kindest women I have ever met. She was always so accepting and easy to talk to. Beaver Ridge youth with her were some of my fondest memories from high school. You guys will continue to be in my prayers! Love, Mandy(Hash) Million

  8. Susan (Monday) Cowan
    October 26, 2020 3:29 pm

    Linda was a friend from many years ago; and, even though we didn’t have contact recently, I remember her wonderful smile, caring heart, and how much fun it was to be around her. My sincerest sympathy to Craig and her family. My prayers are with you all
    Susan Cowan

  9. Jim Garrett
    October 26, 2020 6:26 pm

    Our sympathies the family, from all of Zach’s friends at Aegis.

  10. Marty Dailey
    October 26, 2020 7:03 pm

    Craig, Andy and Zach, Linda was one truly one of the best people on this earth. I’ll never forget all the good times we had with the youth at BRUMC. My condolences to each of you and prayers for peace and comfort during this time.

  11. Dawn Goins Grimes
    October 26, 2020 9:00 pm

    Oh just so sad. Linda always smiling always loving and caring. She loved her dogs so much and her two sons. I was always treated like family . Craig ,Andy and Zach I feel so deeply for you and my heart hurts for you. Linda will be dearly missed she touched so many with her beautiful heart.i will be thinking of you all and praying for comfort. Love all of you Dawn

  12. Dinah Sexton
    October 27, 2020 3:51 pm

    We met Linda and Craig and their boys when we lived next door in Karns. Many good times with them especially our Friday night card games to rid us of weekly stress and swimming in our pool. Linda and I became fast friends which only grew stronger as time passed. Andy and Zach (and Craig) loved my chocolate chip cookies. One of our fondest memories was in the Grand Canyon as we ran into each other! Linda got James attentio, who would have thought that in such a vast are we would run into our neighbors. So many more memories to cherish of an amazing Lady. She was an angel walking among us with a bright smile and cheerful personality.

  13. GiGi Logan
    October 27, 2020 6:33 pm

    I had the honor of working with Linda at Ascension for the past almost 3 years. She was a joy to work with and a dear friend. She will be missed greatly by us all.

  14. Jack &Teresa Yearwood
    October 29, 2020 9:22 pm

    Our hearts are broken to learn of Linda’s passing. She was a beautiful lady who brought joy to all who met her. We will forever cherish our memories of good times shared with the Hawley family during the Karns football seasons. Craig, Andy, and Zach you are in our prayers.

  15. Kay Miller
    November 5, 2020 8:10 pm

    Linda and Craig were neighbors of ours when we lived in Knoxville. Words can’t express how much we loved Linda and enjoyed the good times we had with her and Craig. Linda always had a positive, cheerful outlook on life and managed to see the humor in so many things. She had an infectious laugh and was so much fun to be around. Prayers for comfort go out to Craig, Zack and Andy and the rest. of the family.

  16. Catherine Whitwell
    November 18, 2020 12:35 pm

    I met Linda through ServiceMaster, she was such a caring loving person! She will be missed.

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