Willie Ann Conley Sandefur
By Kim Swindell Wood | November 7, 2017 9:19 am
Willie Ann Conley Sandefur, 96, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 5, 2017, in Knoxville.
Mrs. Sandefur was born Oct. 1, 1921, in Sparta, to Huron Conley and Beulah Walker Conley.
She was a longtime resident of Sparta and a member of the First Baptist Church. She possessed a gentle, loving, generous spirit, and loved God, her family, her church family, and her community. She was well known for her cooking, her amazing garden, and caring for the people in her life. Mrs. Sandefur was recognized with the 2008 Outstanding Neighbor Award. She has a special place in so many hearts.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Lester Sandefur; a great-great-grandchild, Chloe Hall; two brothers, Thurman “Dick” Conley, Norman Conley; and two sisters, Lena Slatten and Galena “Sally” Clouse.
She is survived by her daughters, Joyce Sandefur Epps, of Knoxville, Rachel Sandefur Nash, of Zephyrhills, Florida; grandchildren, County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson and wife Sheila, of Sparta, Marian Denise Epps, of Knoxville, David Nash and wife Kaci, of Memphis, Conley Sandefur Nash, of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Rhett Robinson, Matthew Nash, Scarlett Nash, Loretta Nash, Danielle Hall and husband Damien; and great-great-grandchildren, Nolan and Mason Hall.
Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 8, 2017, at Sparta First Baptist Church, with burial in Highland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 8, at the church. Brad Walker will officiate.
Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.