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

Janice Rose Kuykendall (Roberts)

Monday, July 25th, 1932 - Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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Janice Rose Roberts Kuykendall, 88, of Athens, TN, joined her Heavenly Father in her eternal home January, 6, 2021. She was a lifelong resident of McMinn County and was the daughter of the late Gus C. and Leola Brown Roberts. She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Ralph F. Kuykendall; a son, Terry F. Kuykendall, and brothers Owen “Curly” Roberts, and Elton Roberts.
She was a graduate of McMinn County High School, class of 1950, and then earned an Associate’s degree in Business from Cleveland State Community College. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for 69 years where she sang in the chancel choir, was a member of the Seekers Sunday school class, and Rosa Caulfield Ladies Circle.
Janice started her working career at Southern Bell telephone company, followed by First National Bank, where she loved handing out lollipops to all the children, and the Southeastern Silo Company before her career of 33 years at Tennessee Department of Employee Security as a Job Placement Interviewer.
She enjoyed serving her community where she was a member and former President of the Athens Pilot Club. She was an accomplished member of her bowling league team where she led her team to city championships and trips to state. She had a passion for travel, music, sports, Bible studies, and socializing with numerous friends from Cardiac Rehab and Girls Night Out. She was the biggest fan and cheerleader for the Bayside Academy Admirals in Fairhope, Alabama where she watched all three of her grandsons play basketball. She loved watching NC State Wolfpack basketball and the Tennessee Volunteers.
She is survived by her daughter Christy, (Len) Newman and three grandsons: Nelson (Norfolk, VA.)Spencer (Birmingham AL), and Griffin Newman of Fairhope AL; her beloved sister, Marcia R. Whaley, (Rex) of Greeneville, TN., and very special nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces.
A memorial service and graveside service will be held at a later date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, family suggests memorials be sent to Trinity United Methodist Church, Coordinated Charities of Athens or a charity of your choice.
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    Old Etowah Road
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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Armetta Murdic

Posted at 02:40am
I am so very saddened to hear of the passing of Ms. Kuykendall as I accidentally ran upon your Obituary I am in great shock as I thought the world of you for many years. I would like to extend my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for the family on such a huge loss. I love you Ms. Kuykendall and will certainly miss your kindness. My dear mentor for thirty years.

Donna Boitnott

Posted at 06:10pm
Dear Christy, Marcia and family. I know the Lord will be with you in this time of sorrow. Janice was a beautiful person in every sense of the word. She was always happy, pleasant, helpful, friendly and always doing something for someone. I am blessed to have known her and her wonderful spirit. She will be sorely missed.
Love, Donna Boitnott

Rosie & Bobby Maddron

Posted at 05:35pm
Dearest Christy, Marcia and Families,
Sending our prayers and condolences to all. I have so many fond memories of Janice. She taught me so much when I worked with her at Southeastern Silo Co. - one being how to make gravy go a long way!! We cooked lunch just about every day. Then I got to bowl with Janice and the other ladies on the team that my Dad sponsored. Great times and memories. May the Lord bless you all. Janice will be missed. She was loved by so many. One day we will get to see Janice again. It's God's promise. Janice will forever be in our hearts! Love to all the family!
With Our Deepest Sympathy,
Bobby & Rosie Maddron

Lynda R. Dougan

Posted at 04:08pm
Dear Christy,
My mother worked with Janice at First National Bank, and always spoke highly of her. Later, when you were in my class,
I got to know her as your mother. Then she and I took several Bible studies at First Baptist together, and we became friends.
She was absolutely one of my favorite people...always so pleasant, friendly, and interested in life. She had a deep faith
in the Lord, and I look forward to seeing her again.
With love and sympathy, Lynda Roderick Dougan

Christine watson Corum

Posted at 09:32pm
We have loved Janice since first meeting her. So very special. We are so sorry for the family. Christine Watson Corum and the late Cecil Watson who love and respected her so much
M Posted at 06:36pm

My heart was very saddened when I learned that Miss Janice had passed away. I have and will always. Be eternally grateful to her for finding me a job after I had recently moved to this area in 1983. We always stayed in contact with each other and we were able to enjoy lunches together as well as shopping (yes she loved to look at jewelry as much s I did!) We were able to see a few plays and enjoyed just having a good laugh! I think we could of both been in 1st for having the best and longest giggles. I had such high respect and praise for quite a lovely and classy lady with the most generous yet humble heart that was so full of love she loved to give. She was definitely an Angel to me. I was truly honored and blessed to have a very special friend indeed. My love, prayers and blessings to all of her family. What a legend she left. Jan Myberry

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