Zelda Christine Ballew Horton

June 7, 1930-Nov. 4, 2021


Zelda Christine Ballew Horton, affectionately known as "Tootsie" by family and friends, 91, of Sparta, passed away Nov. 4, 2021, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

Tootsie was born June 7, 1930, in Doyle, to Joseph Washington "Joe" Ballew and Effie Jane Carter Ballew.

She was a former CNA at Sparta Hospital and River Park Hospital. More importantly to her, she was a homemaker to her large family and foster family. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, and canning vegetables from her garden. Tootsie was a longtime member of Doyle Church of the Nazarene.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Horton; daughter, Shirley Weaver; grandchild, Deanna Pettit; sister, Lillie Mae Tollison and her husband, Bill; and brothers Joe Edward "Jack” Ballew, Jay Ballew, Frank Ballew, Harold Ballew, and Bobby Joe Ballew.

Surviving family members left to cherish her memory include her children Margaret (Walt) Herron, of Doyle, Robert Green Jr., of Doyle, Bobbie (Donnie) Evans, Haskell (Angie) Myers, Patty (Dewayne) Hodge, Carson Myers, all of Spencer; 19 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Doris Ballew, Tom Ballew, Rufus Ballew Lee Ballew; special friends, Darlene Hutson, Janis and Joe Swafford; and several nieces, nephews, friends, and church family.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Nov. 8, 2021, at Doyle Church of the Nazarene, with burial in Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Tracy Curtis will officiate.

Titus Simmons, Shane Pettit, Nathaniel Myers, Robert Green, Carson Myers, Donovan Jack Knowles, and Shawn Solomon will serve as pallbearers.

 Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Swafford, Donnie Evans, and Walter Herron

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.