Grace M. Killion
Posted: Thursday, March 3, 2011 4:59 pm
The Messenger, March 3, 2011
Grace Marie (Burch) Killion, 82, of Union City died March 2, 2011, at her home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Union City First Baptist Church, with burial following in Obion County Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at White-Ranson Funeral home 5-8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until the hour of services Friday at the church.
Pallbearers will be Mark Elam, Gary Walker, James Mobbs, James Matheny, Robert Milner and the Rev. Butch Latta. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lael and Carlton Sunday school classes at Union City First Baptist Church.
The family requests that memorials be made to Union City First Baptist Church, 500 East Church St., Union City, TN 38261.
She was born Aug. 31, 1928, in Obion County, daughter of the late Rufus N. and Mary (Winsett) Burch. She married James Robert Killion Aug. 10, 1946. He died April 3, 1997.
Mrs. Killion was a retired employee of the former Brown Shoe Co. in Union City, where she worked for 44 years. A member of Union City First Baptist Church, she had served as superintendent of evangelism and as director of the Intermediate Department. She was also a member of Lael Sunday School Class.
She was an avid bowler and a life member of Union City Bowling Association and the International Women’s Bowling Congress. She was also a director of Tennessee Women’s Bowling Association for 35 years and was elected a member emeritus of that organization in 1995. She was a life member of Jones-Walker Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4862 auxiliary in Union City.
Mrs. Killion had served as chairman of the Obion County Heart Memorial Fund for 35 years and as a member of the Obion County Senior Citizens Center was a volunteer for the Meals on Wheels program. She was also a member of the center’s Thursday Night Canasta Club and competed in several Cinch and Rook tournaments. In addition, she won several medals in shuffleboard and bowling and claimed medals at the local, state and national Senior Games. She represented the local senior citizens center in the Age of Elegance Pageant and won the title West Tennessee Queen and Miss Congeniality. She finished second in the state competition and won Miss Congeniality in the state pageant, as well.
She is survived by her son, Michael T. Killion of Union City; two grandsons and their wives, Michael Adam and Beth Anne Killion of Cottage Grove and Robert and Margaret Killion of Murfreesboro; and four great-grandchildren, Katlyn Killion and Reece Killion, both of Cottage Grove, and Madeline Killion and Angelina Killion, both of Union City.
She was also preceded in death by her grandson, James Tillman Killion.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.