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1010 S. White Street
P.O. Box 99
ATHENS, TN 37371-0099
Phone: 423-745-3013
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Teresa Pannell

Teresa Ann Pannell (Ramey)

Friday, June 26th, 1964 - Sunday, February 21st, 2021
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Teresa Ann Ramey Pannell, 56, of Athens, died Sunday, February 21, 2021 at her residence.
She was born in Morristown, TN , was a resident of McMinn County and was the daughter of the late William Tex, Sr.and Nina Snell Ramey.
She was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of William Blount High School, and received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
She was a member of the Athens Garden Club, she loved flowers and gardening, she was an avid bowler, loved camping, hiking and going to the beach. Teresa coached little league basketball at the YMCA, was an assistant Troop Leader for the Girl Scouts. She was a PTO President at North City Elementary School.
She is survived by her husband, Otis R. Pannell of Athens; daughter, Cady Pannell of Portland, Oregon; two sons, George Pannell of Athens and Mathew (Katie) Pannell of Chattanooga; one brother, Tex (Tammy) Ramey of Huntsville, AL; a special cousin, Laurie Fracassi of Buffalo, NY; father-in-law and his wife, Clayton and Ruth Pannell of Etowah; and special friend, Faith Levi of Athens.
A funeral service will be conducted 11:00 am, Thursday, February 25, 2021 in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with her son Mathew Pannell officiating. The interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mathew Pannell, George Pannell, Justin Ramey, Dustin Partain, Dylan Burke, Will Henry, and Nick Fortner.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Good Faith Clinic, 18 Congress Parkway South, Athens, TN 37303.
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    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021 11:00am
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    Cedar Grove Cemetery
    Hill Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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    Immediately following the service at the funeral home.


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Love, The Proffitt Family

Posted at 10:45am
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Robin Thompson Zinsser

Posted at 11:44pm
Otis, so sorry for your loss. Prayers to you and all who loved her.

diane hicks

Posted at 12:10am
Katie, George, and Matthew I remember your sweet mother from my years teaching at North City School. She volunteered many hours for the betterment of the school; whether it be fundraisers, carnivals, teacher appreciation, etc. Teresa always had a beautiful smile on her face no matter what she was doing. Her support of the school was much appreciated! She was very proud of each of you. I am so sorry for your lose and I know you grief is immense. Please know that I am praying for all three of you and your family. Much Love and Hugs to you, Diane Hicks (retired 4th gr. teacher)

Harold Ammons

Posted at 08:25pm
Thinking of you and your family at this time,

Charles H Wilson

Posted at 10:25am
There are three distinct sets of memories that will always define Teresa for me. The first is from the first time I met her; Otis had brought her with him. Sometime during the visit the subject of sit-ups came up--I guess I had been doing them and bragging. Teresa simply sat down by the log wall. PUT HER FEET up on the wall and did 100. I was more than impressed. Another trait that I observed over and over was her fierce love for her children. When they were little (say up to age 21), she reminded me of a mother bear or a hawk always attuned to where they were and what they were doing. Perhaps the main memory, however, is that of a competitor. She hated to lose and whether it was tennis or Scrabble, she was a cut-throat opponent; and if she lost, you always knew she had done her upmost to win. But she was a good loser, and everyone was always ready to have another go at whatever game it was. She was an intense person in every way.

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