Sarah Louise Hackett, known as Louise, 96, of Kingston, passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
She was a founding member of Morrison Hill Christian Church in Kingston. Her life was dedicated to serving the Lord. She served as a member of the choir, Sunday school teacher, youth director and treasurer of the Morrison Hill Christian Church for more than 30 years. She was the former co-owner of Kingston Printing Co., the Roane County News and many other area weekly papers until she and her partners sold the businesses in 1976. She was a successful business owner and executive, negotiating deals during a time when, for women, that was not the norm. At the age of 80, she purchased a computer, took computer courses and composed three books: two about her life, and one about Morrison Hill Christian Church. She was an accomplished seamstress and taught all of her daughters and many of her granddaughters how to sew. Special Saturdays were fabric store excursions with her daughters to buy fabric and patterns for outfits for the next season. Very rarely did she turn her daughters down on anything they wanted, and she proceeded to sew the ensemble. She continued to make special outfits for all her "girls" until she began to lose her sight to macular degeneration in the late 1990s.
She was born on April 27, 1916, in Goodwell, Okla., to William Earl McCorkle and Sarah Blanche McCorkle. She was the second oldest of eight children; three sisters survive: Kay Dwight, California, Eva Dodd and Hope Brame, both of Kansas City, Mo. Her father was a traveling evangelist conducting revivals throughout the U.S. Midwest. Each family member played instruments for the revival service; hers was the violin. Even though they traveled around while she was young, she graduated from high school a year early at the top of her class and then attended Chillicothe Business School in Missouri. She was very proud of the fact that all of her children and grandchildren are college graduates, six of them from the University of Tennessee. She was preceded in death in 2008 by her husband of 69 years, John Benson "Ben" Hackett. They were married on April 8, 1938, in Moberly, Mo. Monday, April 8, 2013, would have been their 75th wedding anniversary.
She is survived by four children and their spouses, Bill and Sandy Hackett, Memphis, Benita and Mark Albert, Oak Ridge, Beverly and Rusty Farrell, Knoxville, and Bonnie and Larry Fagan, Cookeville. She has seven grandchildren, Stephen Farrell (Barbara), Springfield, Mo., Eryn Fisher (Jason), Memphis, Sarah Williams (Scott), Memphis, Sandra Asermelly (Nick), Boston, Amanda Bradley (Tre'), Asheville, N.C., Allison Albert, Baltimore, and Kristan Fagan, Greenville, N.C.; and five great grandchildren, Will, Ginny, and Mary Lynn Fisher, Alex Bradley and Lydia Grace Asermelly.
Memorial gifts may be sent to Johnson University, 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998.
Funeral will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, in Kyker Funeral Home chapel, Kingston. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 13, at Kingston Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday in Kyker Funeral Home, Kingston. www.kykerfuneralhome.com