Ruth McClendon, 89 of Rockwood, Tennessee, passed away on Friday, September 12, 2014 at her residence. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother & sister. Above all she loved and cherished her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, T.P. & Mary Anderson; brothers, Bob Anderson & “PeeWee” Anderson; sisters, Mable Rector, Maude Lewis & husband of 50 years, Ray McClendon. Ruth was a graduate of Rockwood High School. Upon her graduation, she worked at K-25 as a Lab Technician. Ms McClendon also taught 4th grade at Pond Grove School in Rockwood, Tennessee. Ruth and her husband, Ray also owned and operated a Dry Cleaners in Maryville, TN where she had many fond memories. During this time Ruth and her husband, Ray were members of Everett Hills Baptist Church. Upon moving back to Rockwood, they were owner/operator of Gateway Cleaners where their customers were like family to them. She was an avid fan of UT football and both Men and Lady Vol Basketball. Ms. McClendon was a member of First Baptist Church, Rockwood. Until her failing health she was devoted to many church activities including being a member of Faithful Workers Sunday School Class and the WMU. She was also a member of the American Auxillary, Rockwood.
Children: Kay Carter (Art Jackson) of Maryville, TN
Kim & Paul Jones of Rockwood, TN
Grandchildren: Carolyn Hudgens of Maryville, TN
Chris Jones & wife, Ashley of Rockwood, TN
Clint Jones & wife, Courtney of Rockwood, TN
Sisters: Nettie Brogdon of Statesville, TN
Irene Coston & husband, Tom of Maryville, TN
Ada Givens of Knoxville, TN
Several nieces and nephews
Special friend and caregiver, Irene McNally (Buddy) and special friend, Jyssika
Visitation services will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Evans Mortuary. The funeral service will follow from the Chapel of Evans Mortuary at 7:00 PM with Rev. Marty Shadoan officiating. Graveside will be Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM in Roane Memorial Gardens. The family requests donations be made to First Baptist Church, 309 N. Chamberlain Avenue, Rockwood, Tennessee 37854. Evans Mortuary is serving the family of Mrs. Ruth McClendon.