Meet Charlie and Linda Williams
Like many of us, Charlie and Linda Williams came to Sunnyside looking for a lifestyle change, one with less house upkeep and more facilities closer to where they lived. Before coming to Sunnyside, they lived in Woodstock, Virginia, so they are not total new comers to the Shenandoah Valley, although they were more familiar with its northern section.
Charlie grew up in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. He is a proud graduate of the United States Navel Academy, class of 1970 and has 20 years of Naval service. He was stationed in Norfolk on the USS Leahy and the USS Lawrence, Surface Forces Atlantic. Later he was at in the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek on the USS Saginaw. He then worked at the Naval Officer Promotion Board in Washington, D.C. before serving at Mayport, Florida on the USS Antrim, at Italy on the Command Sixth Fleet Staff and again in D.C. on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff until he medically retired from the Navy. Charlie then worked for the Ink Control Company in Fairfax, Virginia until he became tired of the rat race.
Linda grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Madison College, Old Dominion University and Northern Virginia Community College while focusing on Special Education. She was Superintendent of the Sunday school and a Sunday school teacher over 10 years in Woodstock. She also worked for the Virginia Beach public libraries and in public schools in Prince William County and Shenandoah County, Virginia.
Linda and Charlie married in 1971, so Linda also lived in Florida, Italy and other areas Charlie was stationed. They have two sons, Nathan and Ben, both of whom are married and have grand-doggies and kitties. You may have seen Missy, the long-haired mini dachshund, out on a walk with Linda; she graciously shares the house with the couple.
Linda loves gardening*, reading, history and painting. Charles loves sports, history, trains and in the past, gardening. A good conversation starter is to ask Charlie about his notorious Halloween stories and a few salty sea tales.
Due to COVID-19, this new neighbor interview is a long time coming, but we still want to welcome Linda and Charlie to Sunnyside and hope to be able to socialize with them soon!
*Be sure to take a look at their landscaping; it is beautiful!