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Nonnie Ethel Smith Jones Matheny, 89

Nonnie Ethel Smith Jones Matheny, 89, of McMinnville was born Nov. 23, 1932, the daughter of Floyd Smith and Ethel Bell Smith. She passed from this earthly world to her heavenly reward on May 27, 2022 in her sleep.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Donald Lynn Jones (1959), granddaughter Amelia Katrina Wallace (1981), daughter-in-law Kym Jones (2021), her first husband Lavern Jones, her second husband Paul Matheny Sr., and, all nine of her siblings -Hilmer Ward, Velma Fugiett, Alice Steed, Analee Todd, Raymon Smith, Naomi Barrett, Charlie Ray Smith, Taylor Smith, and Audrey Gaunt.

Mrs. Matheny is survived by her children Angela Jones Heffington (Bob) of McMinnville, Rickey L. Jones of McMinnville, and Kristie Jones (Tim Ashburn) of Chattanooga, also by her stepsons Paul Matheny Jr. (Victoria) of Fayetteville, Darrell Matheny (Ronda) of Good Hope, Ga., and Jackie Matheny Sr. (Katie) of McMinnville, her grandchildren Eric Jones (Francisca) of Charlotte, N.C., Stephanie Jones of McMinnville, Tabitha Veach (Chris) of Morrison, Brandon Heffington (Elisha) of Estill Springs, Anna Grace Jones of Chattanooga, Ross Heffington (Angel) of Belle Chasse, LA, Jina Cannon (James) of Portsmouth, VA, Misty Meyer (Brad) of Lebanon, OH, Jaime Meyer (Ethan) of Maineville, OH, Candice Matheny of Fayetteville, Heather Tabor of Buford, GA, Steven Matheny of Atlanta, GA, Veronica Patterson of McMinnville, Jackie Matheny Jr. (Candace) of McMinnville, and Bryan Matheny (Lindsey) of McMinnville, 29 great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Matheny was a member of Arlington Church of Christ. She worked for many years with various factories including The Shirt Factory, The Garment Factory, Genesco Shoe Factory and Findlay Industries.

She loved her family well. She taught us all how to love unconditionally and what it means to be family. It didn’t matter to her how you got to be family - whether you were born into it, adopted into it, or arrived there via marriage - she loved you with her whole heart and you were “hers”. She was the embodiment of love, strength, and perseverance.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at High’s Chapel with Jackie Matheny and Bobby Cox officiating. Burial will follow at Gardens of Memory. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) May 29, 2022