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Genora Lee (Watkins) Jones

November 20, 1939 ~ August 4, 2021 (age 81)

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Genora Lee Watkins Jones, age 81, of Riceville, passed away on Wednesday, August 4, 2021.

Genora was a native and lifetime resident of McMinn County.  She was a daughter of the late Anderson Lee Watkins and Ada Patterson Watkins.  She was also preceded by her loving Husband of 52 years Troy Lee Jones, daughter Christina Jones Robinson and sisters Katie Vineyard and Pat Mantooth.

Genora was a member of Hilltop Baptist Church in Riceville for over 50 years.  She formerly worked for McDonalds of Athens.

Genora is survived by

Daughters Tammy Sharpe and husband Robert of Calhoun, Cindy Ervin and husband Rostin of Athens, Lora Huffman and husband Billy of Lenoir City, and Kellie Thompson and husband Jonathan of Athens;

Grandchildren Tamara Sharpe, Wayne Ervin, Samantha Farmer, Jessica Woodell, Kaylan Ervin, Jazmine Ervin, William Ervin, Whitney Hawk, Taz Robinson and Cody Lankford:

Great Grandchildren Isaiah Huffman and Maci Hawk, Elizabeth Woodell and Danny Woodell;

Soon to be Great Grandson Alex Givens;

Sisters Berthie Snider of Athens and Sheila Thompson of Calhoun;

Brother Andy Watkins of Athens;

Several Nieces and Nephews;

Beloved Fur Baby Footsee, her cat.

The family will receive friends from 3 PM – 7 PM on Saturday August 7 at Ziegler Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be at 7 PM with Rev. Jimmy Elliott officiating.

Interment will be at 2 PM Sunday at Hilltop Baptist Cemetery in Riceville.  Friends and Family will assemble at Ziegler Funeral Home to proceed to Hilltop Baptist Cemetery

Pallbearers will be Spencer Givens, Michael Farmer, Wayne Ervin, Matt Shoemaker, Nathan Langford and Billy “Mop Head” Thomas.

Honorary Pallbearer will be RCT William Ervin currently stationed in Paris Island, SC.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to both Penny Ratledge and Rusty Vineyard for they assistance during our time of need.

If you cannot attend the visitation and funeral service, you are encouraged to sign the online registry at :

Ziegler Funeral Home has been entrusted with the care of Genora Lee Watkins Jones.


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August 7, 2021

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
ATHENS, TN 37303-3490

Funeral Service
August 7, 2021

7:00 PM
ATHENS, TN 37303-3490

August 8, 2021

2:00 PM
Hilltop Baptist Cemetery, Riceville

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