Edna Hickey


SPRING CITY Edna Irene Gillespie Hickey, 80, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her residence.She was the daughter of the late Gail G. and Bertha Edna Howell Gillespie in Spring City. Edna graduated from Dayton Carver High School.She was a devoted member of Euchee Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church and served as the church secretary until her recent illness; and she was a member of the Gillespie singers.She was employed by Spring City Manufacturing Co., Sherwood Chair Manufactory in Spring City; and La-Z-Boy Chair Manufactory in Dayton until retirement in 1996.Edna Irene was preceded in death by her father, Gail G. Gillespie and mother, Bertha E. Howell Gillespie; her husband, Charles William Hickey; five sisters, Nola Locke, Florence Wilkerson, Helen Smith, Mary Ruth Moore and Emma Lee Peoples; two brothers, George L. Gillespie and Olen E. Gillespie; very devoted nephew and niece, Bruce K. Smith and Alma C. Smith Dixon; and devoted cousins, Arthur T. and Beulah Gillespie.Survivors include three sons, William (Kimberly) Gillespie, Charles V. Hickey and Stefan (Cindy) Hickey, all of Spring City; three daughters, Darlene (Alvin) Pendergrass and Vanessa I. Hickey, of Spring City, Rene' Wyatt (Charles), of Dayton; daughter-in-law, Tracy Hickey; nine grandchildren, Marcus Pendergrass (Carol), of Madison, Ala., LaMar Pendergrass (Kim), of Statesville, N.C.; Erica Roberts, of Dayton; Ashsha Hughes (Randall), of Nashville; Chanda Hickey (Anthony); Kailyn Hickey; Isaiah Gillespie; Zachary Hamilton, all of Spring City; and a devoted special granddaughter, Charlee Swafford, of Spring City; stepgrandson, Bryson Wyatt, of Crossville; 12 great-grandchildren, Jaycee Weatherbee, Mya, Aniesha, Kameron, Elizabeth, Jordyn and Mason Pendergrass; Hailei and Noah Hughes, Aubrianna and Tyler Hickey; Brooklyn Simmons; sisters, Eunice Rankins, of Columbus, Ohio, Cleo V. Jones (Walt) of Townsend, Md. Shirley A. Oggs (James), of Spring City; brothers, Booker T. Gillespie (Carol), of Nashville; Alvas C. Gillespie (Pearlie), of Abilene, Texas; Curtis L. Gillespie, of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law, Sallie Mae Burum; brother-in-law, Clarence Moore. A very special devoted niece, Ann "Sister" Ramsey, of Athens; devoted cousin, Carlos Donaldson; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Euchee Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church. Funeral will follow with the Rev. L.B. Tate officiating.Interment will follow in Euchee/Gillespie Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Euchee/Gillespie Cemetery in memory of Edna Hickey via Charles V. Hickey, 2285 Euchee Chapel Road, Spring City, TN 37381.An online register is available at www.evansmortuary.biz.

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