Hettie Helen Gregg Pridgen of Harriman, formerly of Hot Coffee, Miss., died July 18, 2014, at her home, after a short illness.
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She was born Feb. 16, 1918, on Gregg Hill in Smith County, Miss. She was one of 10 children born to William S. and Ada Vowell Gregg. She is the last of those 10 children. Her parents preceded her in death, as did the following siblings: brothers, James David Gregg, George Martin Gregg, William Barney Gregg, Benjamin Leon Gregg, Lonnie Willard Gregg and Lloyd Thomas Gregg, and sisters, Ruby Esther Gregg McWhirt, Leila Emma Gregg Holt and Mittie Alpha Gregg Bullard; and her husband, Thomas J. Pridgen, who died Oct. 20, 2008. They were married 72 years.
She is survived by a son, Joel B. Pridgen and wife Faye, Hot Coffee; daughter, Joyce Goodman and husband Mason, Harriman; grandchildren, J. Michael Pridgen and wife Pamela, Seminary, Miss., Paige Proffitt and husband Jody, Nashville, Kelly Herndon, Taylorsville, Miss., and Seth Goodman, Seattle.
Ms. Pridgen had six great-grandchildren, Josh West and wife Kristen, Petal, Miss., Charles Devrow and Isaac Herndon, Taylorsville, Octavia Pridgen Oneisom and husband Chris, Honolulu; Janee and Kyndall Proffitt, Nashville. She had five great-great-grandchildren, Levi and Lauren West, Petal, Skyler and Amelia Grace Oneisom, Honolulu, and Juniper Miel Proffitt Dunn, Nashville; sisters-in-law, Nelline Gregg, Madison, Miss., and Jane Pridgen, Baton Rouge, La.; 27 nieces and nephews; a host of great-nieces, -nephews and extended family, as well as many friends and very special neighbors in Dickey Valley, Harriman.
She worked for many years for the J.C. Penney store in Laurel, Miss. When she moved to Harriman, she worked for the Draper & Darwin Dress Shop on Roane Street; then she managed the S&H Green Stamp Redemption Center in Harriman. When it closed, she went to work for the Whiteway Variety Store and then the White Stores in Harriman and finally retired from the Kingston White Store.
She was an expert seamstress and quilter. She enjoyed traveling, reading and fishing. She worked in her flowers and vegetable garden in the spring and summer, gathering vegetables and canning or freezing them for the whole family â€" she was a wonderful cook. She loved her family and friends and was a great encourager and prayer warrior. She was always willing to extend a hand of friendship and help to others.
She was a member of Riverside Baptist Church, Harriman, and a member of the Steadfast Sunday school class. In later years, she was unable to attend church, but her church family kept in touch through the ladies of her Sunday school class and the Homebound Ministry.
Proverbs 31 sums up the life of Ms. Hettie: "Strength and honor were her clothing â€¦ she looked well to the ways of her household â€¦ her children arise up and call her blessed."
"We love you and will always miss you but we have great peace, knowing that you are â€˜â€¦ safe in the arms of Jesus'," her family said. "We will see you in heaven!"
The family wishes to thank the very caring, compassionate nurses from Covenant Hospice and also everyone for every act of kindness and love shown them during this time. God bless you all!
The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., with funeral following on Sunday July 20, in Kyker Funeral Home, Harriman, with the Rev. Mason Goodman officiating. A private entombment will be at Roane Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Riverside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 811, Harriman, TN 37748; or Calhoun Baptist Church, Taylorsville, MS 39168.
Kyker Funeral Homes
430 Morgan Avenue
Harriman, TN 37748
Published in Roane County News from July 18 to July 21, 2014