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

Betty Axley (Pickel)

Tuesday, September 4th, 1928 - Monday, February 10th, 2020
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Betty Pickel Axley, 91, of Athens, died Monday night, February 10, 2020 at a nursing facility in Spring City.
She was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was a daughter of the late Edward and Joyce Nichols Pickel. She was also preceded in death by her husband Lowell C. Axley, Sr., a sister Joyce Pennington, and two brothers Roy and Charles Pickel.
She was a loving mother and grandmother who stayed home to take care of her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Mt. Harmony Baptist Church.
Betty is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Gary Cantrell of Cleveland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry and Betty Axley, Lowell and Gail Axley, and Kenny and Ginger Axley all of Athens; one granddaughter, Barbara Amy; four grandsons, Ricky, Eric, Curtis, and Ben Axley; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson ; and one brother Bill Pickel of Greenville, SC.
A graveside service and interment will be conducted, 2:00pm, Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Mt. Harmony Cemetery with Rev. Stan Hammonds officiating. The family will receive friends at Smith Funeral Home Thursday from 11:30-1:30 pm prior to the graveside service.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, and Jim King, Mike Pickel, and Jason Amy.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, February 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    Mt. Harmony Baptist Church
    CR 350
    SWEETWATER, TN 37874
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    Graveside service at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
  • Interment

    Mt. Harmony Cemetery
    CR 350
    SWEETWATER, TN 37874
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Denise Brown

Posted at 11:29am
A Friend of mine since the following to me when My Mother passed. Always, I loved Betty's smile and open arms. So sorry for the loss.

Fallen Limb
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, “Grieve not for me”.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I’m counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we’re together again.

Denise Brown

Cheri Harrison

Posted at 10:14pm
Ginger,, I am sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Randall Barnett

Posted at 05:38pm
Jerry, I am sorry to hear about your mother. Praying for you and your family.

Vickie Miller

Posted at 10:10pm
Becky, Kenny and family, I am sorry to learn of the passing of your mother. Prayers for you at this time. I know you will cherish the special memories of your mother.

Gail Guinn Posted at 10:32pm

Becky, Ken and family, so sorry for loss of your Mother.. another angel is in heaven. Love, prayers and hugs.. Gail Guinn

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