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Mary Ruth McNelley

MARY RUTH CLARK McNELLEY,  age 79 of Athens, Tenn., went home to be with the Lord, Monday, February 18, 2019, at her residence after an eight year battle with Alzheimer's. She was a native of Monroe County, Tenn., resident of McMinn County most of her life and a daughter of the late William "Bill" Herman and Mary Helen Rhodes Clark. She was  a member of Mt. Verd Baptist Church, which she loved dearly and worked at Niota Textile and North City School Cafeteria. She loved to cook for others, visiting yard sales and spending time with her family. In her spare time, she enjoyed walking in her neighborhood with neighbors. Her generous heart and willingness to help anyone made her a special lady that will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include:

  • Husband of 62 years: Charles Edward McNelley of Athens, Tenn.,
  • Son and Daughter-in-law: Jeff and Alesia (Tally) McNelley of Ten Mile, Tenn.,
  • Granddaughter: Brittany McNelley Saffles of Madisonville, Tenn.,
  • Great Grandsons: Raylan Saffles,
  • Two Brothers: William Herman Clark, Jr of Sweetwater, Tenn., Don Clark of Sweetwater, Tenn.
  • Two Sisters: Johnnie Clark Borden of Sweetwater, Tenn., Brenda Fay Clark Rogers of Sweetwater, Tenn.
  • Several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 20, 2019 in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Porter officiating.

Interment will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Larry Gibson, Richard Heatherly, Wayne Jarvis, Wayne Martin, Fred Melhorn, and John Tally Melhorn.

The family would like to thank the caregivers from Family Home Care, Hospice nurses and Dr. Johnny Carter for their loving care.

The family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 P.M. Wednesday in the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association 5801 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 in Mary McNelley's name.

Condolences may be sent to www.laycockhobbs.com/notices/Mary-McNelley.

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

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A candle was lit in memory of Mary McNelley

Gail & Roger Adams & Reva Shultz Feb 21 2019 12:00 AM

My deepest condolences to the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna Roy Feb 20 2019 12:00 AM

Praying for you and your family

Michael & Lee Ann Childress Feb 19 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers for you.Roy & velma Eaton

Roy & Velma Eaton Feb 19 2019 12:00 AM

Praying for you and your family

BJ Meres Feb 19 2019 12:00 AM

Prayers for God to embrace you, giving you strength & peace during this difficult time. . .
Betty Mathews

Betty Mathews Feb 19 2019 12:00 AM

Mary Ruth and Charles are special to us. Sorry we cant be at the receiving of friends, I work 8-5 in Sweetwater. Our love and prayers are with all of you.

Sharon Standridge Feb 18 2019 12:00 AM

An A Garden Path was sent on February 18, 2019

All Our Love & Prayers, Your Owens Family Leonard, Shirley, Laurie, Cheryl, Len, Lescia, Brittney, Brielle & Chance

Expression of Sympathy Feb 18 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

Audie Puett Feb 18 2019 12:00 AM