published Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Good for you: Athens YMCA honors Chattanooga family

Elizabeth Feezell Smith, left, and Mary Feezell Starnes stand in front of the plaque honoring their late brother, Sam Lee Feezell.
Elizabeth Feezell Smith, left, and Mary Feezell Starnes stand in front of the plaque honoring their late brother, Sam Lee Feezell.
Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Athens YMCA honors Chattanooga family

The Athens-McMinn YMCA recently honored two sisters, one of whom who lives in Chattanooga, for their donation that helped pay for extensive renovations to its 40-year-old building.

Elizabeth Feezell Smith and Mary Feezell Starnes gave a $500,000 donation to the YMCA on behalf of their brother, the late Samuel Lee Feezell. Part of the donation also came from the estate of Feezell's late wife, Nancy. The Y raised a total of $1.2 million for the renovation.

With the two sisters looking on, a plaque that renamed the YMCA as the Sam L. Feezell Wellness Center was unveiled recently in the entrance to the building. Feezell was owner and president of Athens Insurance Agency for 25 years. Starnes, whose husband is former Tennessee state representative Paul Starnes, lives in Chattanooga while Smith lives in Lexington, Ky.

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about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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