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Lena Pearl Richards Tunnell, 91, born October 25, 1917, of
Lonesome Pine Trail, Mosheim, TN, passed away on Friday
morning, July 17, 2009, peacefully surrounded by her
family at Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Greeneville, Greene
Co TN. She was the widow of Charlie Tunnell who preceded
her in death in 1973.
She was the oldest living member of the Brown Springs
Baptist Church of Mosheim and was active as long as her
health permitted. She taught in every department of the
Sunday school over her 65 years of membership and had a
great love for children and young people. She served as
director of the Woman’s Missionary Union and was a member
of the Baptist Women on Mission Day Group.
A member of the church sanctuary choir and served on the
mission card and visitation ministry of the church and was
known to consistently visit throughout the community and
Greene County. A volunteer with the blood mobile for the
Greene County Chapter of the American Red Cross for more
than 30 years. She was a member of the Albany Family,
Community and Education Club for more than 50 years, having
served many years as president. She was a member and former
president of the Greene County Council of FCE Clubs and had
been recognized as 'Ideal Club Woman'. She was active in
these, as well as other organizations, until her blindness
from macular degeneration. She loved to travel and had
traveled to 44 states.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ketron Tunnell in
1984; her great-grandson, Charles Steven Rhea; her parents,
I. L. and Lora Smith Richards; six brothers; and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and
Billy Blazer of Mosheim, TN; two sons and daughters-in-
law, Claude and Lula Tunnell and Lorne and Betty Tunnell
all of Greeneville, TN; grandchildren and spouses, Michan
Malone, Lori and Rick Fannon of Mosheim, TN, Terri and
Ricky Earley, Steven and Heather Tunnell, Doyle and
Jennifer Tunnell all of Greeneville, TN; great-grand-
children, Candice Rhea, Shane Malone, Seth Malone, Matthew
Westmoreland, Casey Westmoreland all of Mosheim, TN,
Tanner Earley, Tyler Earley, Grant Tunnell, Trey Tunnell
and Thomas Tunnell all of Greeneville, TN; brother, Elmer M.
Richards of Greeneville, TN; brother-in-law and sisters-in-
law, Kyle and Hazel Tunnell of Chuckey, TN, Helen Richards
and Marie Tunnell of Greeneville, TN, Ruby Tunnell of
Gray, TN, and Dora Tunnell of Fall Branch, TN; several
special nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends,
Erlene Johnson, Betty Anderson, and Peggy Helms all of
Greeneville, TN, and Wanda Cox of Mosheim, TN.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 18, 2009,
from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at
the Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home; and on Sunday, July 19,
2009, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. prior to the funeral service
at the Brown Springs Baptist Church.
Funeral service will be 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19, 2009, at
the Brown Springs Baptist Church in Mosheim, TN. The Rev.
Richard Long and Rev. Niles Kitzmiller will officiate.
Active pallbearers will be Ricky Earley, Rick Fannon,
Steven Tunnell, Doyle Tunnell, Matthew Westmoreland, and
Shane Malone. Honorary pallbearers will be men of the
Brown Springs Baptist Church and all members of the Sunday
school she taught over the many years.
Interment will follow in the Brown Springs Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Brown Springs
Baptist Church, 78 Brown Springs lane, Mosheim, TN 37818.
Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home of Greeneville in charge of