Etowah, Tennessee
423-263-6700



Service: 10/21/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah with Reverend Gayle Crabtree officiating. Interment will follow in Mars Hill Cemetery with her grandsons and nephews serving as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 20, 2014 at the funeral home.

We invite you to view the Tillman family guestbook and leave a message of condolence.
Birth: Wednesday, March 22, 1933
Death: Friday, October 17, 2014
Mary Jo Tillman, 81, a resident of Englewood, passed away Friday, October 17, 2014 at the family residence. She attended the Mars Hill United Methodist Church. She worked as a nursing assistant at Athens Health Care Center and a baby sitter for many children. Mrs. Tillman was preceded in death by her husband, John Ray Tillman; daughter, Loreeca Lynn Tillman her parents, Arlie, Bessie and Nellie Newman; brothers, Robert Jay Newman and Nicky Daugherty. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Amanda Tillman of Etowah; daughters, Denisa Shelton of Englewood and Gidget Whitener of Madisonville; grandchildren: Codi Tillman, Jonathan Tillman, Brett Tillman, Heath Givens, Brandi and Jason Hitt, Maci Shelton and fiancée, Trey Foley, Summer Shelton, Amanda Shelton, Miranda Shelton, Ashley Shelton, Melody Whitener and AJ Bree Green; she was expecting first great-grandson, Branson Ezekiel Hitt in February; brother and sister-in-law, Reece and Lilo Newman of Elgin, SC; sister-in-law, Betty Newman of Knoxville, TN; several nephews and nieces and cousins also survive; special friends, Frances Bray and Janie Buckner.
Service: 10/06/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Brother Pete Morgan officiating. Family and friends will assemble at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 for a graveside service. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. The family would like to extend a gracious thank you to Caris Hospice for their kindness and excellent care.
We invite you to visit the Freeman family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Sydnor Freeman, age 79, of Reliance, passed away Saturday, October 4, 2014. A native of Monroe County, he had lived most of his life in Polk County. He was an avid gardener and loved canning. He and his late wife were well known for caring for elderly family members. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Freeman; two brothers Joel and Richard Freeman; and an infant son, Baby Boy Freeman. He is survived by one son, Denzil Freeman of Reliance, and two daughters and sons-in-law, Sissy and Johnny Hubbard, and Rena and Glen Rhodes, all of Benton; six grandchildren, Brian, Amanda, and Jeremy (April) Freeman, Michael (Christy) Thompson, Christy (Scott) Dalton, and Nicholas Thompson(fiancé, Kayla Allison); great-grandchildren Hannah, Daisy, Kylie, Sydda Jo, Michael, Joshua, Lauryn, Makenzie, Stanley, Samuel, Nicholas, Jr., Kaitlyn, and Kelcie; two brothers, Calvin Freeman of Dalton, GA, Leon Freeman of Englewood; nine sisters Gladys Freeman of Monroe County, Edith Miller of Knoxville, Baxi Thompson of Chattanooga, Mary Ruth Atwood of Riceville, Mildred Donahue of Delano, Alma Leamon of Ringold, GA, Faye Peeler of Loudon County, Margaret Wilson of Madisonville, and Brenda Watson of Madisonville; and two aunts, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of other extended family members and friends.
Service: 10/06/2014
A burial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 6, 2014 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Reverend Hendree Harrison officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Alex Crumley may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 326, 123 S. Jackson Street, Athens, TN 37371.
We invite you to visit the Crumley family guest book and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Thursday, October 2, 2014
Alex Crumley, 66, of Athens, Tennessee, died October 2nd at his home on English Lane. The son of Ben A. and Chloey Eaves Crumley, Alex grew up in Etowah and has been a lifelong resident of McMinn County. He attended elementary and high school in Etowah, graduating in 1966 among members of the last class at Etowah High School, and served as the last student body president of Etowah High School. Alex was an Honor Graduate and was chosen one of the original members of the Etowah Sports Hall of Fame. Continuing his education at Tennessee Wesleyan College, he was inducted into the Alpha Chi Honor Society and graduated cum laude in 1970. At one time Alex was employed by the McMinn County Sheriff’s Department where he worked as a chief deputy and as a detective. He later became a rural mail carrier, establishing a good rapport with folks on his route. After thirty-four years of delivering mail, Alex retired and with his wife, Jenny, enjoyed traveling, helping others, and leisure time with their many friends. Alex was especially happy with his membership--and the coffee and conversations--in the “Bojangles Liars’ Club.” Alex was a faithful, deeply loved parishioner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Athens, where he served on the vestry, as an usher, as Junior Warden, and in other ministries. He just simply and humbly helped wherever he could meet a need. In 2012 Alex successfully, and with distinction, graduated from the Education for Ministry program--an intensive, four-year academic course offered at St. Paul’s as a continuing education program from the School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Alex Crumley was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Chloey Eaves Crumley and his brother-in-law, Preston McClary. He is survived by his loving wife, Jennifer McClary Crumley; his mother-in-law, Juanita McClary; one brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Marie Crumley of Ooltewah, Tennessee; one sister, Elizabeth Crumley Harris of Red Bank, Tennessee; several nieces and nephews.
Service: 09/24/2014
A Celebration of Winona’s Life will be held from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at Serenity Funeral Home. We invite you to visit the Hikalea family guestbook and leave a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Thursday, September 18, 2014
Winona K. Hikalea , age 79, of Etowah, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. A native of Hawaii, she had spent the last 18 years in McMinn County and was of the non-denominational faith. She enjoyed yard saling, reading, and spending time with family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Solomon and Eleanor Pele; husband, John William Hikalea; and daughter, Susan N. Hikalea. She is survived by her children, Ron Olive of Surprise, Arizona, Ginny Hikalea of Hawaii, Wendi McCord of Etowah, Donna Moses of Etowah, Don Smith of Etowah, and Darlyn Sakurai of Hawaii; grandchildren, Kaimana-O-Lani, Myah, Sera, Izzy, Annie, Nicole, Kamy, Jonnie, Christian, and Greg, all of Hawaii, and Ben Smith, of Etowah; sisters, Elena Evangalista of Hawaii and Ana Grembergh of Hawaii. Several other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 09/20/2014
Funeral services will be conducted at 1p.m. Saturday, September 20, 2014 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Slater officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12-1p.m. Saturday at the funeral home
We invite you to visit the Green family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Donna Marie Morgan Green, age 47, of Athens, passed away Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at her home. A native of Cleveland, TN, she has spent the last 10 years in McMinn County. She enjoyed cooking, playing the keyboard, and spending time with family and friends. She was a member of the Lion and Lamb Fellowship in Decatur where she served as Director of the Women’s Ministries. She was preceded in death by her father, J.P. Morgan; brothers, John Paul Morgan and little J.P. Morgan, and a sister, Charlotte Morgan McLawhorn. She is survived by her loving husband, Kenneth Green of Athens; mother, Carolyn Morgan of Athens; children, Michael Green of Knoxville and Kristen Green Sears and husband Chad of Lenoir City; granddaughter, Angela Sears; siblings, Ricky Morgan and fiancée Kerstin Emory of Benton, Jeanette Morgan McAllister and husband Edward of Franklin, Virginia, Alta Sue Morgan of Kissimmee, FL , and Lamar Morgan and wife Doretta of Cleveland. Several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 09/21/2014
A Celebration of Wanda’s Life will be held 3p.m. Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Church on the Rock with Rev. Leon Devine and Rev. Mack Simpson officiating. The family will receive friends from 2-3p.m. on Sunday at the church.
We invite you to visit the Womac family guest book and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Monday, September 15, 2014
Wanda Lee Womac, age 73, of Etowah, passed away Monday evening , September 15, 2014 at her home. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she enjoyed spending time with family and friends and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Robinson and a brother, Freddie Malone. She is survived by her children, Delisa Brooks of Etowah, Cecil “ Julio” Johnson of Niota, Dennis Ray Johnson, Sr. and wife Diane of Etowah, and Toni West and fiancée Kevin Woody of Etowah; grandchildren, Tina Thomas and husband Steve of Athens, Dennis Ray Johnson, Jr. and wife Katie of Etowah, Justin West and fiancée Samantha Fairbanks of Athens, Khara Bradford and fiancée Drew Saffels of Etowah, Jakelin West of Etowah, and Derrick Nelson and wife April of Englewood; great-grandchildren, Brandon McMahan, McKenzie Hill, Kylie Johnson, Hayden Smith, Kathan West and Chance West; siblings, Gene Burke of Athens, Delores Mahoney and husband Robert of Athens, Darlene Simpson and husband Mack of Etowah, Donna Devine and husband Leon of Etowah, Debbie Conseler of Etowah, Allen Robinson of Decatur, and Sammie Swanks of Ten Mile; special friends, Rita Martin of Etowah and Jeanette West of Madisonville. Several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 09/15/2014
The family held a private celebration of her life on Monday, September 15, 2014 at Serenity Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider contributions in Sue’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association.
We invite you to visit the Guffey family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Sue Hafley Guffey, age 80, of Athens, went home to rest Saturday morning, September 13, 2014 surrounded by her family. The daughter of the late William Hafley,Jr. and Arlie Belle Cissom Hafley, she was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County attended Woodward Ave Church of GOD since it was just a tent. She was a banker for over 30 years and retired from Citizens National Bank. She was known affectionately by her family as the “Pioneer Lady” because of her bravery and independence. Sue enjoyed “piddling “in the yard, singing in the senior choir at Woodward Ave and later at the Athens Senior Citizen Center, and keeping up with family and friends. She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Judy Coffey; sisters, Willie Nell Hafley and Velma Ables; and brothers, J.B and Clifford Hafley. She is survived by her daughters, DeLane Howard and husband Delane of Riceville and Crystal Yanculeff and husband Christo of Athens; grandchildren, Kevin Howard and wife Shawna of Cleveland, Justin Howard and wife Mendy of Athens, Heath Coffey and wife Dianne, Shane Coffey and wife Christy, and Aaron Coffey, all of Murfreesboro; sisters, Edna Lawson of Ten Mile, Clara Haney of Athens, and Alanda “Blossom” Southerland of Hendersonville. Thirteen great-grandchildren as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 09/13/2014
A celebration of Jesse’s Life will be conducted at 4p.m. Saturday, September 13, 2014 from the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Pastor Robbie Combs officiating.
The family will receive friends from 2-4p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Jesse’s children’s trust fund care of First Bank of Tennessee in Benton P.O. Box 330 Benton , TN 37307.
We invite you to visit the Fesslerfamily guestbook and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Jesse Lee Fessler, age 28, of Etowah, passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at a Knoxville hospital. Born in Michigan, he had spent the majority of the last 10 years in Tennessee and was most recently employed at Waupaca. He enjoyed building mud bogs, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his loving wife Audrey Fessler of Etowah; children, Jaiden, Autumn, Keegan, Carly , Kaiden, and Jesslyn Fessler; parents, John Fessler of Michigan and Melva Fessler of Indiana ;sister, Leevi Besky; brothers Rein and Ryan Besky all of Indiana; foster parents, Jayson and Lynnette Lamb of Benton, and several foster brothers and sisters who he was very close too. A host of extended family members and friends also survive.
Service: 09/05/2014
A Celebration of Karen’s Life will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 5, 2014 at the Chapel of Serenity Funeral Home with Preacher Doyle Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow in Conasauga Baptist Church Cemetery with Jason Smith, Connor Dailey, Cory Parsons, Cole Parsons, Ethan Parsons, Bronze Cowart, Michael Lewis, and Chris Ward serving as pallbearers. Ladies of the Joy Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 12-3 Saturday at the funeral home. We invite you to visit the Smith Family Guest Book and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Karen Jane Smith, age 65, of Etowah, passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at UT hospital in Knoxville. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was a member of North Etowah Baptist Church. She taught oil-painting classes to many children and adults for many years. She spent a lot of her time performing to the Senior Citizens’ Centers and many other venues throughout McMinn County playing her autoharp. She loved her Sunday school class, her church, and had a tremendous love for her children and her friends the “Group”. She was preceded in death by her parents, Burkett and Mattie Bell Daughtery and one daughter, Angela Denise Smith. She is survived by one daughter, Cindy Dailey, and her companion, Lonnie Tucker of Etowah; one son, Jason Smith, and companion, Melissa Parsons, of Etowah; one grandson, Connor Dailey, of Etowah. Several aunts, cousins, and close friends also survive.
Service: 09/05/2014
A celebration of Bill’s Life will be conducted at 7p.m. Thursday September 4, 2014 at the Woodward Ave Church of GOD with Pastor Clifford Watters and Pastor Wayne Fritts officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014, at Green Hill Cemetery with Dennis Rutland, Johnny Lipps, Bill Gentry, Andrew Hill, Tommy Haney and Ronnie Davis serving as active pallbearers. The Keenagers of Woodward Ave Church of GOD will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 5-7p.m.Thursday at the Church.
The family will like to express their appreciation to Dr Samuel Olsen and the staff at McMinn Memorial Health and Rehab for their excellent care.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider memorial contributions to the youth, J12, and the children of Woodward Church of GOD.
We invite you to visit the Curtis family guestbook and send a message of comfort.
Birth:
Death: Monday, September 1, 2014
William R. “Bill” Curtis, age 79, of Etowah, passed away Monday, September 1, 2014, at a local healthcare facility. A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, he was a longtime member of Woodward Ave Church of GOD. He never met a stranger and loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a strong man of faith who loved his church and praising the LORD and is now singing with his King. He is preceded in death by his loving daughter, Vicki Lynn Curtis; parents, Bill and Odetta Stone Curtis; sisters, Eva Blevins and Carrie Pressley; and brother Dr. Harold Curtis. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sallie Curtis; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Lynn Gay of Delano; son Butch Curtis; grandchildren, Kimberly Schumann and husband Tom of Etowah, Lindsey Plemons and husband Daniel of Englewood, Whitney Curtis of Tellico Plains, Katie and Billy Jo Curtis both of Chattanooga; sister, Mary Jane Newman of Etowah; brothers, James Curtis and wife Wanda of Cleveland, Charles Curtis and Wife Reba of Etowah, Scott Curtis, of Etowah, and Jerry Curtis and wife Ellen of Michigan; sister-in-law, Irene Curtis; extended family, Barbara and Wesley Rogers of Tellico Plains, Leona and Tommy Haney of Etowah, and Karen and Dean Tullock of Etowah; and special friend Will Jenkins of Delano. Several nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends also survive.

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