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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
Fax: 423-745-7733
Dixie Liner

Dixie Liner (Coe)

Thursday, December 3rd, 1931 - Wednesday, June 26th, 2019
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Dixie Coe Liner, 87, of Athens, passed away Wednesday night, June 26, 2019 at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga.
Dixie was a native of Erlanger, Kentucky, a longtime resident of Athens, and was a daughter of the late George B. and Lois S. Coe. She was preceded in death by sister Lois Coe and brother Col. George B. Coe, Jr.
Dixie was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church of Athens, where she was the proud founder of the Nourish One Child Program, a Choir Member for 25 years, a Trustee, and served on the Administrative Board, Worship Committee, United Methodist Women, Staff Parish Committee, Long Range Planning Committee, Memorial Committee, and Nominating Committee. Dixie served on the following community committees: United Way Board of Directors, Coordinated Charities, Senior Citizens Board, Leadership McMinn Class of 1999, Athens Chamber of Commerce (Jimmy Liner Memorial Christmas Parade), Living Heritage Museum Guild, Athens/McMinn YMCA, Tri-County Board, CASA Board and the Athens City Schools Coordinated Health Committee. She also volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts and in the Athens City Schools. She was named the Athens Chamber of Commerce Mother of the Year 1991, Tennessee Mother of the Year 1991, and received the United Way Dick Dyer Award, Tennessee Wesleyan University Mary Mildred Sullivan Award, Tennessee Wesleyan University J. Neal Ensminger Distinguished Alumnus Award, Optimist Club of Athens George R. Price Award and City of Athens Vivid Award for Volunteer Work.
Dixie was a graduate of McMinn County High School, Tennessee Wesleyan College (University), and Baroness Erlanger School of Nursing. She was formerly associated with Foree Hospital, Tennessee Wesleyan College, Tennessee Technological Univerity, Tennessee Department of Public Health and the Athens City School System as a Registered Nurse.
Dixie is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, Charles J. “Buddy” Liner of Athens; children and their spouses, Beverly L. and Terry Stansell, Nancy L. and Scott Cordell, Charles J. “Chuck” and Annette Liner and Christopher C. and LeAnn Liner; grandchildren and their spouses, Allison and Wayne Daniel, Aaron Stansell, Stephen and Shelby Stansell, Matthew and Sarah Cordell, Max Cordell, Madison Cordell, Hannah and Drew Patrick, Gabrielle Liner, Jason Melton, Hailey Melton, Mayson Liner, Emily Liner, Creed Liner and Ty Miller; 10 great grandchildren; sisters-in-law Polly C. Liner, Barbara D. Parkinson and Jean D. Arrants; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Keith Memorial United Methodist Church. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.If you are unable to attend this service or visitation you may sign the guest register at
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Keith Memorial United Methodist Church/Nourish One Child, P. O. Box 1, Athens, TN 37371; or gifts can be made to Tennessee Wesleyan University at 204 E. College St., Athens, TN 37303, please ensure that the memo line reads “in Memory of Dixie Liner”.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
    Madison Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 3:00pm
    Keith Memorial United Methodist Church
    622 Madison Avenue
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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David Stiles

Posted at 08:33pm
Dear Nancy,
I was sorry to hear about the passing of your dear mother. I hope you are doing well. I retired in Dec 2014 after 40 years at McMinn. Google "Spotlight on David Stiles" and you may be able to pull up my retirement article in the DPA. My daughter Elizabeth, age, 31, had our first grandchild, a son, on April 16, so we have spent the last 4 months in Alpharetta, GA, babysitting. I have run into Carrie a few times over the years. You are my all-time favorite teacher's aide.
David Stiles

Louise Duckworth

Posted at 10:57am
My sympathies to Dixie's family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Marvin Bolinger

Posted at 02:53pm
The thing I remember most about Dixie is her smile---a smile that could light up a room. She was a special lady who served many roles in her community. With Buddy and those beautiful children, they were always involved in making Athens a better place. Our sincerest condolences to the family during this time. God bless. Marvin Bolinger

Larry Lane

Posted at 10:48pm
Mr. Liner, Beverly, Chris and family,
I was unable to attend the services for Dixie today, but wanted you to know of my prayers and thoughts for all of you ! It was my privilege and honor to work alongside "Miss Dixie" many years on her rotation days to City Park School. She was such a mentor to me! Laughed at all my silliness and joking around, but letting me know when she "meant business"!
One of the most profound moments in my entire 33 year career at City Park was the morning she and I were talking in the hall outside the gym and this little, maybe 1st - 2nd grade, girl happened by us. She obviously had dressed herself, hair matted up and hadn't been brushed all weekend. This was a Monday. Dixie quickly recognized there was something else wrong-she hadn't eaten all weekend - save a bag of potato chips! I could see it in Dixie's face - no tears (although mine followed), but a determined resolve and her words to me I shall never forget; "we are better than this"! She quickly took the little girl to the lunch room, fed her, straightened her up and resolved this one child would not go home hungry the next Friday! Of course she found out there was more not only at City Park, but in all the other schools as well. The Nourish One Child backpack program was born! I could say something cliche such as "The rest is history", but the history is profound! Thousands of weekend backpacks later, because of Dixie Liner, We Are Better!
I am blessed and awed to have known and been considered her friend! I shall miss my friend.

Larry Lane
Retired City Park Teacher

Debbie Harrison

Posted at 08:00pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family! With our deepest sympathy, Harry E. Newman and Debbie Newman Harrison

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