Ora Alene (Blankenship) Mathews

December 17, 1931 ~ June 9, 2019 (age 87)


ORA ALENE BLANKENSHIP MATHEWS, age 87 of Athens, Tenn. was ushered away to Paradise Sunday, June 9, 2019, in Life Care of Athens, Tenn. She was a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, a daughter of the late Samuel Andrew Blankenship and Bertha Lucille Watkins Blankenship.  She was preceded in death by her Husband: Joffre Allen Mathews, Brother: Ralph Blankenship, Three Sisters:  Eva Lou Blankenship,  Anna Bea Gunter, and Virginia Witte. She was a former employee of Van Raalte Hosiery Mill, retired from Morgan Mfg. Co. and was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.  She was a volunteer Pink Lady with Woods Memorial Hospital Auxiliary for 10 years and American Red Cross Volunteer for 5 years. She loved yard sales, collecting magnets for her refrigerator and loved to watch her "stories" (Soap Operas).

Survivors: Several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in McMinn Memory Gardens with Dr. Bob Kerr officiating.  The family expresses gratitude and appreciation to all the staff at Life Care of Athens for the care, love, and compassion during her extended stay.

Memorial contributions may be made to New Zion Baptist Church 393 County Rd. 616, Athens, Tenn. 37303 or North Athens Baptist Church, 402 Tellico Ave., Athens, Tenn. 37303.

Condolences may be sent to

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home, Athens, Tenn. in charge of arrangements.

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Graveside Service
June 12, 2019

11:00 AM
McMinn Memory Gardens
1739 County Road 560
Athens, TN 37303


North Athens Baptist Church
402 Tellico Ave., Athens TN 37303

New Zion Baptist Church
393 CR 616, Athens TN 37303

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