Willie Ann Conley Sandefur

by | 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.

comments » 3

  1. Comment by Katherine R. Cooley

    November 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Willie was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have ever known. God gained a precious angel today.

  2. Comment by Karen Crosslin Coriell

    November 8, 2017 at 8:22 am

    So very sorry to hear of your loss. It has been many years since we were neighbors in Whispering Hills.

  3. Comment by Sherry Bankston

    November 10, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Mrs. Sandefur was my mother and grandmother’s neighbor. She was a wonderful friend to them. I would see her out early in the morning tending to her beautiful garden, and she always shared vegetables with my family. I wish I had a neighbor like her. She will be missed!


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