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Marie McKenzie Little
Mrs Marie McKenzie Little, age 93 of Athens. passed away Friday, September 10, 2021 at Morning Pointe of Athens. A native of Roane County, she live in Meigs and McMinn County most of her life. She was born 1927 to the late Floyd and Laura Dennis Early. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Margaret Cunningham; her husbands Rev. Ben McKenzie and Rev. M.W. Little; her daughter, Susan McKenzie and her sister, Ruth Weeks of Farragut. Marie was a faithful member of Athens First Baptist Church and was a member of McMinn County Retired Teachers Association. She attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville and graduated from Tennessee Weslyan College. She along with another teacher, started the first class for what we now know as "Special Needs Children" in McMinn County. She came to Athens Junior High in 1966, when the new school opened and stayed until she retired after 33 years of teaching. She spent fifteen years as a Hospice Volunteer. She said it was one of the most rewarding things she ever did, doing what she could to help patients and their loved ones during a difficult time.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews; step daughters and spouses, Libby and William Love and Sandra and Ed Heird; Five grandsons and several great-grandchildren.
The graveside service will be 11:00 am Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at McKenzie Family Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Bill Henard officiating. Visitation will be 5-7pm Monday, September 13, 2021 in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home. Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycockhobbs.com/notices/Marie-Little Memorial contributions may be made to: First Baptist Church 305 Ingleside Avenue, Athens, TN 37303. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements. Due to COVID 19, the family would encourage all who attend wear a mask and stay at safe distances.
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My sympathy to the family. She was a wonderful lady and brought sunshine to hundreds of students and adults.
robin pierce Sep 14 2021 8:56 PM
My sympathy to Mrs. Little's family. She was a wonderful lady and brought sunshine to hundreds of students and adults.
robin pierce Sep 14 2021 8:38 PM
She was my seventh grade teacher and I thought a lot of her. Sorry to hear of her passing.
Robert Hewgley Sep 14 2021 9:42 AM
Marie was a Godsend to so many members of our family for decades. The world was made better by having her in it. Sincere sympathy to her family.
Joyce Guthrie Branch Sep 13 2021 7:12 PM
With deep respect and great sympathy.
Libby, Bill, and Brad
Love Sep 13 2021 12:10 PM