Fay DePriest Smithson, 93, of Knoxville and formerly of Athens, passed away, Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at Deane Hill Place in Knoxville.
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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.