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“Shirley was my Home Economics teacher. She was a wonderful lady. My condolences to her family and friends. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: Roxanna Jordan Fritts - Dayton, TN

“Walt, Susan and family, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a great lady. Losing your mother always hurts so much. Prayers...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Libby Lewis - Mechanicsville, VA

“I loved mrs. spivey she was my home economic teacher I used a lot of the things she showed me. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: katherine goins crowe - dayton, TN

“Mrs. Spivey was my Home Ec teacher when I was 15, and also my mother's home ec teacher when she was 15! True enough, we use, daily, some of the...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Bonnie Cochran - Dayton, TN

“Jeanelle was a dear friend. We have known each other since we moved here in 1993. We attended the same Church and set together.. we also attended...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Nina Sue Crowell - Pikeville, TN

“Susan so sorry to hear of your moms passing. I will be praying for you all. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Susan Nixon - Dayton, TN

“Granny was the kindest and most gracious of women... she accepted me into the family without blinking an eye, and I will miss spending Thanksgivings...Read More »
7 of 12 | Posted by: Elizabeth Spivey - Chattanooga, TN

“Mrs. Spivey was my Home Ec teacher in high school. Loved every minute of her class and still use what she taught me. Sorry for your loss and ours. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Patty Milliron

“Miss Spivey was my Home Ec teacher. She was always so kind and thoughtful. I remember one time showing her some modeling photos of my cousin and...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Donna Chambers - Chattanooga, TN

“Mrs. Spivey was a fantastic lady. I first met her as my 9th grade science teacher at Rhea Central High School, but I got to know her better during ...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Marty Collins - Dayton, TN

“My deepest condolences for your loss ms Shirley was a sweet lady going to miss her smile ”
11 of 12 | Posted by: Jamie Mcknight - Acquaintance

“During the school year of 1965-1966, with the instruction of Mrs. Spivey, I made a souffle and an apron. She was definitely a part of the fabric of...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Alice Wood Wyatt - Dunlap, TN


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Shirley Jeanelle Thomison Spivey, 86, of Dayton, Tenn., passed away on March 12 at Rhea County Medical Center. Born in Dayton, she was a lifelong resident of Rhea County and attended Rhea Central High School for two years before graduating from Girls Preparatory School. She graduated from Ward-Belmont in Nashville, Tenn. and the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She taught science, biology, and home economics for 38 years at Rhea Central High School, and later, Rhea County High School. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Rhea County Historical and Genealogical Society, the Alpha Kappa Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and the Retired Teachers Association, among other clubs. She was loved and respected by many and will be missed greatly.
She is preceded in death by Allen Burnette "Sonny" Spivey, her husband of 51 years and two Great Grandson twins, Forrest and Finley Harris.
Shirley is survived by two children Walter Spivey (Lynne) of Dayton TN, and Susan Holder (Steffan) of Dayton TN and one Sister Joanne Kimsey of Cabot, Arkansas. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren Rebecca Harris (Elmer) of Dayton TN, Daniel Spivey ( Elizabeth) of Chattanooga, TN, Sarah Toliver ( James) of Harker Heights, TX, Steffan Holder Jr. of Rossville, GA and Jennifer Holder of Chattanooga, TN. She is also survived by three Great Grandchildren Autumn Spivey, Fletcher Harris and Addelynne Grace Toliver.
In Lieu of Flowers please donate to the First United Methodist Church or New Union Baptist Church Adoption Fund.