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

Zelma Lea Arnold (Thompson)

Thursday, April 11th, 1929 - Thursday, May 7th, 2020
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Zelma Lea Arnold, 91,of Athens, TN passed away, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in St. Simons Island, GA where she relocated 6 years ago to be near her daughter.
She was born in McMinn County on April 11, 1929 to the late A.T.(Tommy) and Essie Campbell Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband Maynard Arnold, a brother-in-law Grant Helm, and nephew Stephen Helm.
She was a member of North Athens Baptist Church. She was associated with White Westinghouse until her retirement, and was associated with Walmart for 15 years after her retirement. She enjoyed doing Genealogy research in her spare time.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Patrick McGee of St. Simon Island, GA; granddaughters, Meredith (Christopher) Dodson and Lauren McGee; great grandson, McCoy Dodson;; sister, Virginia Helm; nieces, Teresa (Rich) Bruse and Denise (Fred) Adams; nephew, Gary Helm; and great nieces and nephews.
A private graveside service for family only will be conducted at Rogers Creek Cemetery. There will be no formal visitation or service due to the COVID-19.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 2225 North Michigan Avenue, Chapter 417, Chicago, IL 60601 or at
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Sara Dake Schmiel

Posted at 04:38pm
I just wanted to send my Condolences, my mother Mary Dake spoke of Zelma Lea many times, they were about the same age and I met her as a young girl. I have always had fond memories of her parents, Tommy and Essie who lived next door to our farm in Meigs County. We visited them often and Tommy helped my Dad, Bill Dake build our home in the mid 1960s so I saw him daily for a long time. Deepest sympathy to her family.

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