Mrs. Marilyn Neathery McCluen, age 98, passed away August 8, 2016 at Fort Sanders
Regional Medical Center. She was born to the late John and Sephia Neathery on
April 6, 1918 in Oakdale, Tennessee, and lived most of her life in Roane County. An inquisitive person, Marilyn was always eager to learn and try new things. A
talented artist, she learned to paint with pastels, oils and watercolors. She also
enjoyed working with ceramics, and created heirloom Christmas manger scenes and
hundreds of lovely Christmas ornaments for her family. Her beautiful needlepoint
work and hand sewn, one-of-a-kind quilts attest to her skills and creativity. She
cherished the friendships she made while a member of the Tennessee Valley
Machine Knitters. Being very interested in genealogy, she traced her family tree back to the
Revolutionary War. She was instrumental in forming the Roane County Historical
Society, and worked tirelessly for the preservation and restoration of the old Roane
County Courthouse in Kingston. The first Roane County Historian, she was a
founding member of the Avery Trace Chapter, National Society Daughters of the
American Revolution and served on the Bicentennial Committee for the city of
Rockwood. She was preceded in death by her husband, attorney and Criminal Court Judge Lloyd G. McCluen, and her daughter, Leann Smith. She is survived by her son, W. Glenn
McCluen and daughter-in-law Martha; her granddaughter Kristi Smith Cramer and
husband Terry; and her great granddaughter, Samantha Cramer. And although he
may technically not be a relative by blood or marriage, Marilyn and the rest of the
family considered Mike Foust to be like an “adopted” grandson. The family would like to thank Manorhouse Assisted Living for their kindness and excellent care.
Arrangements are as Follows:
Funeral Services will be held at 2 o’clock in the afternoon on Thursday, August 11, 2016 in the sanctuary of First Christian Church, Rockwood, with Rev. Kara Foster officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the
family requests donations are made to the Roane County Heritage Commission, P.O.
Box 738, Kingston, Tn. 37763 or to First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 328 W.
Rockwood Street, Rockwood, Tenn. 37854. Evans Mortuary is serving the Family of Mrs. Marilyn Neathery McCluen