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March 29, 1972 ~ January 3, 2018 (age 45)

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Jessie Russell Fennell

Age 45

Of Sweetwater and formerly of McMinn County

Passed away Wednesday morning, January 3, 2018

At Sweetwater Hospital.


A native of Homestead, FL. and resident of Sweetwater for 10 years and longtime resident of McMinn County.  He was the son of the late Glenn and Betty White Fennell and was preceded in death by an infant daughter; 2 brothers, Ronnie Fennell and Bobby Fennell; two sisters, Sherrie White and Glenda White.


Survivors include four brothers,

   Michael Fennell of Atlanta, GA.

   Johnny Fennell of Marquette, MI.

   Howard Fennell of Pontiac, MI.

   Jodie Fennell of Pontiac, MI.

Fiancé, Anne Whelahan of Sweetwater

His step mother, Teana Fennell whom raised him of Athens

Several nieces and nephews.


Special friends, Beth Thomas, Cindy McNabb, Joanne and Kenny Townzen, Eddie and Leslie Goldman, Able “Uncle” Cruz, Cody Tuttle and family, Ginger Carver and family, Terry Pendergrass, Shane Pendergrass, Patrick, Shawn, Dan Whelahan and family, Sherry Hurley and family, Mike Weinbrennar, Heather Whelahan and many others


Funeral services will be 7 pm Monday in the chapel of Ziegler Funeral Home with the Rev. Travis Erwin officiating. Burial will be 11 am Tuesday in Cochran Cemetery.


Pallbearers will be Nick Roland, Austin Goldman, Houston Goldman, Shane Pendergrass, Shawn Whelahan, and Dan Whelahan.


The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made for funeral expenses to Anne Whelahan, 321 Mashburn Road, Sweetwater, TN. 37874.

If you are unable to attend the visitation or service, sign the guest registry at


Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Jessie Russell Fennell.

 Service Information

January 8, 2018

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Avenue
Athens, TN 37303

Funeral Service
January 8, 2018

7:00 PM
Ziegler Funeral Home
521 W. Madison Avenue
Athens, TN 37303

January 9, 2018

11:00 AM
Cochran Cemetery
County Road 479
Englewood, TN 37329

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