Wednesday, April 21, 2010Frankie Mayo Williams is a member of the Lipscomb Athletics Hall of Fame and is one of the top tennis players to compete as a Lady Bison. She was the team captain and played the No.1 position in both singles and doubles all four years. She graduated from Lipscomb in 1976 with a degree in Home Economics. She works two-part time jobs in Knoxville, but considers herself to be primarily a homemaker. She is active in a variety of civic and church activities, but took time to talk with LipscombSports.com.
What sport(s) did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
“I played tennis from 1972-76. My coaches were Jenny MacDonald and Phyllis Saunders.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
“I don’t know if I have a single one. A great part of my college experience was to get to play tennis for Lipscomb. My teammates, the people I practiced and played with everyday are all good memories. We had some good matches, but I can’t remember one that stands out more than another. I looked forward to the practices, the matches, the traveling and the things we did as a team.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb?
“It was definitely `Fessor Boyce’. He started my brother, David, playing tennis. He wanted me to get started when I was 10 years old. Even after I got out of college I would come to the campus on Saturday mornings and we would play mixed doubles. He was a great coach, mentor and friend.”
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
“I was involved with Delta Sigma social club. There are good memories there. There were great girls in the club. We had a lot of fun together from community service to Bible studies.”
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
“I came from a good religious background to begin with, but the reinforcement and broadening of the knowledge has helped carry through my whole life. It was great to meet people from all over the place. The instructors in classes were top rate and from what I see and hear it is getting better all the time. That is great to hear.”
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
“Dr. Rodney Cloud and Dr. Harvey Floyd. Rodney was entertaining as well as knowledgeable. Dr. Floyd taught me a lot about grace. He helped me see it in a way that I had never seen it before. He was definitely a good one. I always looked forward to going to his classes.”
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
“I work part-time in jewelry and clothing stores. I also do engraving. I pretty much work every day, but I am a homemaker.”
Tell us about your family.
“My husband is Patrick Williams. We have two children, Laura Lynn Stubbs and Christopher.”