Willa Dean Mote, widow of Charlie Mote, passed away May 28. 2019. She was born July 26, 1926, the last child born to Floyd and Lorena Coffey. Her siblings were Flora Craft, Myrtis Bradbury, F. L. Coffey Jr., and Wendell Coffey. Her parents and all her siblings are deceased. She is survived by all of her descendants born to date: sons Roland Mote (wife Leona) of Maryville, TN, Jerry Mote (wife Bette) of Louisburg, NC, and Mitchell Mote (wife Kathilu) of Rockvale, TN; daughters Charlotte Rash of Lawrenceburg, TN, and Molly Whitworth of Pulaski, TN; nine grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.
Willa Dean was a life-long resident of Lawrence County, save about 18 months of temporary residence out of state. She worked full time for the first 45 years of her adult life. After the last child left home, the last cow was sold, and the cotton allotment transferred to someone else, she went to work in the public school cafeteria. She concluded her career as manager of the cafeteria at Lawrenceburg Public School, the same school she had attended as a child.
In retirement, she was able to enjoy living independently in her own home, doing just as she pleased, for 30 years. She appreciated the close friendship and assistance of Janice Campbell during the last few years she was able to live at home. The competent and caring staff of NHC Scott are much appreciated for making her last three months comfortable and peaceful.
Arrangements are being handled by Neal Funeral Home, 231 N. Military Avenue, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, May 30, 2019 and from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Friday, May 31, 2019 at Neal Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at Neal Funeral Home at 11:00 AM Friday, May 31, 2019, with David Stockton officiating. Interment will follow at Lawrence County Memorial Gardens in Lawrenceburg, TN.