McMinnville resident and Warren County native Charlene Smartt Earle Killian, 93, was born Oct. 28, 1923 and died Nov. 7 at Raintree Manor in McMinnville following an extended illness.
A retired physician’s assistant and office manager for Dr. M.F. Langston of Signal Mountain, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Laverne and Minnie Floyd Smartt Earle. She was married Nov. 29, 1942 to John Casey Killian, who preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 2005. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sister, Jacqueline Earle Sharpe; three brothers, Karl Davis, James Morris and Harold Porter Earle; two brothers-in-law, Ernest Sharpe and Joe Fisher; and sister-in-law, Doris Green Earle.
She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Karol and Ron McCracken of Signal Mountain and Dr. Cynthia Sue Killian of Beersheba Springs; two grandchildren, Dr. Michael McCracken and wife Rebecca of Birmingham, Ala., and Cayce Jacobson and husband Todd of Armuchee, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, James Kyle and John Christopher Jacobson of Armuchee, and Claire Elise and Julia Camille McCracken of Birmingham; sister Sue Earle Fisher of Madison; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Ralph “Pete” and Sarah Earle of Wilmington, N.C., and John Richard “Dick” and Bobbie Earle of Huntsville, Ala.; sister-in-law, Wanda Simmons Earle of Huntsville, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Killian was always active in the churches where she lived. She was a member of McMinnville United Methodist Church, Signal Mountain Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, and Philadelphia Baptist and New Hope Baptist churches of Warren County.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at High’s Chapel with Rev. J.N. Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at High’s.
Memorial donations may be made to Beersheba Springs Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 582, Beersheba Springs 37305.
High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.