Laura 'Wanda' Heatherly McNeil, 77, of LaFollette, died Sept. 24. She was a faithful member of Fordtown Baptist Church. Wanda retired from Imperial Reading when it closed, and spent her senior years enjoying her children, grandchildren and her dog Lucie, helping her family and friends, and cultivating many varieties of flowers, especially day lillies and digging and freely sharing her flowers with family and friends.
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She was preceded in death by her loving husband Joe McNeil; grandson, Steven Thornton; parents, Luke and Azilee Heatherly; brothers, Albert and Elmer Heatherly and sisters Christien and Lousie Heatherly and Reba Thornton.
She is survived by her three devoted sons and daughters-in-law, Larry and Donna Thornton, Darryl and Janet Thornton, Greg and Shannon Thornton; stepdaughters, Linda and Junior Collins and Connie and Darryl Oglesby, granddaughters, Christy and Taylor Thornton; grandson, Tanner Thornton and great-grandson, Zeke Price and step-granddaughter Teffany Marlow; brothers, R.L. and Joe Heatherly; sisters, Dean Sheckles and Faye Groves; a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and good friends.
The family is very grateful for all the prayers, visits, phone calls, food and offers of help.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Steven 'Thor' Thornton Scholarship Trust, Community Trust Bank, established in honor of Grandson Steven Thornton and funds an Annual $1,000 College Scholarship awarded to a local Campbell County High School student every year.
A Tribute to Wanda's Faith Ñ 'It's not about everything turning out OK, It's about being OK no matter how things turn out.'
Funeral services were Sept. 27with the Rev. Tim Dupuy and the Rev. Jim Heatherly officiating.
Interment was Sept. 28 at Bakers Forge Cemetery.
Cross-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Cross Smith Funeral Home
300 East Central Avenue
La Follette, TN 37766
Published in LaFollette Press on Oct. 10, 2013