Peggy Ann (Norton) Sturgill was born November 11, 1938, in Athens, Tennessee. She passed away Monday November 15, 2021, after having just celebrated her 83rd birthday.
Peggy had many titles in her life: wife, mother, daughter, stepmother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend, all of which she set the standard for.
Peggy was the eldest of four children born to Earl and Harriet (Squibb) Norton. She relished the role of big sister and could always be counted on for good advice. Her childhood was spent roaming the woods with her siblings and cousins, where she grew to appreciate the beauty of her home state. Peggy called East Tennessee home for most of her life, with a stint in Florida. She was an active member of Pisgah Baptist Church throughout her youth and was a member of Fairview Baptist Tabernacle in Sweetwater. She grew up in Decatur, Tennessee attending elementary all the way through to Meigs High School. (class of 1956). Peggy’s high school sweetheart, Carl Sturgill, would go on to become her second husband. A high school basketball player, Peggy naturally developed a lifelong love of the Lady Vols and was a diehard fan to the end.
After high school she attended school at the University of Tennessee where she met her first husband, Norman Shannon. Peggy and Norman were married in 1958 and had three children together, Mike Shannon, Scott Shannon (wife Lisa) and Pat Shannon (wife Denise). After starting their family in Knoxville, they transferred to Chattanooga and Orlando before Peggy would move back to the Athens area to raise her boys and be near her family.
After moving back to Tennessee, she was reacquainted with Carl Sturgill, and they rekindled the romance from their high school years. They were married in April of 1983 and spent 38 happy years together with their blended family, Peggy’s three children and Carl’s two, Greg Sturgill (wife Lisa) and Dana Sturgill Bryant (husband Dean)
Peggy dedicated her life to her family from the beginning. She was a devoted and loving mother, with just the right amount of no nonsense and pure fun. She knew how to be the mother that each of her three boys needed and will be sorely missed. She loved her role as grandmother and great grandmother as well. There were many memories made at her table through the years. She made sure to pass on family traditions, such as her homemade apple butter and apple stack cake that she lovingly made just like her mother did for all to enjoy. She always had time for anyone who needed to chat or who had a problem, (which she would usually fix) and truly embodied service to others in her everyday life.
Peggy was excited about the upcoming birth of her newest great grandchild in May of 2022. The family will make sure this little girl as well as other great grandchildren know who and how wonderful Peggy was through the many traditions she handed down.
Her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Taylor Shannon, Meaghan Shannon Richards (husband Thomas), Lauren Shannon Farris (husband Jordan), Kyle Shannon (wife Courtney), Reid Shannon and great granddaughter, Livie Shannon were so very fortunate to have had her in their lives.
Peggy is survived by:
Her husband: Carl Sturgill
Her children: Mike Shannon, Scott Shannon (wife Lisa), Pat Shannon (wife Denise), Greg Sturgill (wife Lisa), Dana Bryant (husband Dean)
Her grandchildren: Taylor Shannon, Meaghan Richards (husband Thomas), Lauren Farris (husband Jordan), Kyle Shannon (wife Courtney), Reid Shannon, Livie Shannon
Her sisters and brother: Earlene Roach (husband Don), Sam Norton, Sharon Norton
Her Sisters-in-law: Lois Armstrong and Aileen Sturgill
Peggy will be sorely missed by the many lives she touched including her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. We will all feel her loss and will cherish the wonderful memories and wisdom she shared with her family and loved ones.
Funeral Services will be 7:00 PM Friday, November 19, 2021 at Fairview Baptist Tabernacle in Sweetwater with Rev. Hollie Miller officiating.
Graveside Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, November 20, 2021 in Pisgah Cemetery with Rev. Tony Rutherford officiating. Active pallbearers will be Mike Shannon, Scott Shannon, Pat Shannon, Greg Sturgill, Kyle Shannon, Reid Shannon and Taylor Shannon. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Friday, November 19, 2021 prior to the service at the church. Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycock-hobbs.com/obituaries/Peggy-Sturgill. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens is in charge of the arrangements