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

Fay Smithson (DePriest)

Wednesday, October 5th, 1927 - Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
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Fay DePriest Smithson, 93, of Knoxville and formerly of Athens, passed away, Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Deane Hill Place in Knoxville.
She was a native of Lobelville, TN and longtime resident of Athens. She was a daughter of the late O.B. and Alice Patterson De Priest, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Stanton F. Smithson, brothers, James W. and John W. DePriest, great-grandson, Travin Nunley, and a sister-in-law, Ruby Jo O'Conner.
She was a member of Athens Christian Church, and was associated with the Tennessee Dept of Human Services as a social worker for 25 years until her retirement. She was interested in scrap booking, family history, and Tennessee Sports, especially Lady Vols Basketball.
She is survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Sue and Vance Kinser of Knoxville, Lyn and Michael Nunley of Athens, Jyl and Jerry Riehl and Kay and Michael Dodson of Knoxville; two sons, Joe (Debbie) Smithson of Alcoa and Hal Smithson of Athens; four granddaughters, Joy Smithson, Ashley Hagerman, Catey Dodson, and Cristy Dodson; and six grandsons, Josh Smithson, Jake (Rhonda) Smithson, Daniel (Shannon)Kinser, Jason Nunley, Andrew Nunley, and Cameron Riehl..
A funeral service will be conducted 1:00 pm, Tuesday, June 1, 2021 in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home with Rev. Thomas Beckner officiating. Interment will follow in McMinn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 11:00am-1:00pm Tuesday prior to the service.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family wishes to thank the Athens Christian Church for their love and support of Fay.
The family suggests memorials be made to Athens Christian Church, 802 Matlock Avenue, Athens, TN 37303; or Pat Summitt Foundation, 520 W. Summitt Hill Drive, Suite 1101, Knoxville, TN 37902.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Smith Funeral & Cremation Service of Athens
    1010 S. White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 | 1:00pm
    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 1:00pm
    Smith Funeral Home
    1010 South White Street
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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  • Interment

    McMinn Memory Gardens
    Old Etowah Road
    ATHENS, TN 37303
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    Immediately following the service at the funeral home.


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Mitzi Womac

Posted at 12:43pm
My deepest condolences to the family. I will always remember your sweet mother at church, so kind and soft spoken. I will not be able to attend the service but you all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Johnny Coffman

Posted at 08:01am
So very sorry for your loss. Never easy losing your mom. Prayers for the family.

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