BARBARA IRENE (“TOOTSIE”) PRIESTWOOD, age 84 of Niota, Tenn. passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at Starr Regional Medical Center of Athens, Tenn.

Tootsie was born on September 9, 1932 in Greene County, Tenn., resident of Niota since early childhood and was a daughter of the late James Otis and Effie Elizabeth Paxton Cobble and preceded in death by brother: James Otis (Judy) Cobble, Jr. and Sister: Louise DeWitt. 

She was a member of East Niota Baptist Church, former employee of Crescent Hosiery Mill and retired from Neuville Industries.

She enjoyed sewing, shopping, dining out, and "keeping the roads hot", as she would say, with traveling. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren meant everything to her and held a very special place in her heart.

Survivors include her devoted Husband of 65 years: Vaughn D. Priestwood of Niota, Tenn. Two Sons and Daughters-in-law: Jerry and Pat Priestwood of Athens, Tenn., Jeff and Kim Priestwood of Crossville, Tenn., Four Grandchildren and spouses: Eric and Katie Priestwood of Knoxville, Adam and Angela Priestwood of Knoxville, Kayli and Wes Hall of Lebanon, Trey Priestwood and friend Vanessa Chambers of Tampa, Fla., Three Great Grandchildren: Jackson, Harrison, and Madelyn, Brother and sister-in-law:  O. B. and Margaret Cobble of Niota, Tenn. Sister: Imogene Smith of Tullahoma, Tenn. and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services 7:00 P.M. Monday in the Chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home with Rev. Wayne Bryant officiating.

Interment will be 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in McMInn Memory Gardens.  Active pallbearers will be Sons and Grandsons: Jerry Priestwood, Jeff Priestwood, Eric Priestwood, Adam Priestwood, Trey Priestwood, and Wes Hall.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 Monday in the funeral home.

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