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March 26, 1933 ~ November 19, 2019 (age 86)

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Imogene Russell Raper

Age 86

Of Athens

Went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 19, 2019

At the home of her sister, Mildred Coleman.


A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Lillie Walker Russell and was preceded in death by her husband, Alf Raper; three sisters, Wanda Cate, Marie Nichols, and Mae Watson.  She retired from Robinson Enterprises and was a member of Riceville Church of God. She dedicated her life to helping others in need.


Survivors include two sisters,

   Elizabeth Witt of Etowah

   Mildred Coleman of Athens


   Staci Wilson of Athens

   Kim Goenner of Athens


   Allen Roberts of Athens

   Jim Richardson of Chattanooga

   Scott Coleman of Charlotte, NC.

Several great nieces, nephews, and great great nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be 11:00 am Thursday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Glenn Thomas officiating.  Burial will be 4 pm Thursday in Sunrise Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Jimmy Johnson, Jim Richardson, Scott Coleman, Thomas Wilson II, Carey Hicks and D.J. Kennedy. Honorary pallbearers will be Wyatt Kennedy, Jeremiah Harmon.


The family will receive friends from 9:30-11:00 am Thursday at the funeral home.


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Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Imogene Russell Raper.

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November 21, 2019

9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
November 21, 2019

11:00 AM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Ave
Athens, TN 37303

November 21, 2019

4:00 PM
Sunrise Cemetery Road
Englewood, TN 37329

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