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Tommye Sue Nunley, 80
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McMinnville resident and Grundy County native Tommye Sue Nunley, 80, was born Jan. 7, 1941 and died May 30 at her residence following an extended illness.

A homemaker and member of Christian Fellowship Church, she was the daughter of the late Helen Louise Patrick. She was married to Avery Willis Nunley, who preceded her in death. In addition to her husband and mother, she was preceded in death by step-father Clifton Patrick, brother Jimmy Mullican and special aunt and uncle, Houston and Minnie Killian.

Mrs. Nunley is survived by two sons, James Avery Nunley and Thomas Lynn Nunley, daughter and son-in-law, Mary Helen “Tootie” and Rodney King, all of McMinnville, five grandchildren, Justin (Heather) Nunley, Ashley (Joshua) Basham, Zachariah (Vera) Nunley, Ryan (Macie) King and Ethan King, 11 great-grandchildren, three brothers, Eric (Stella) Patrick and Billy Mack Patrick, both of McMinnville, and Elton Patrick of Spencer, three sisters Floressa (Ricky) Wanamaker, Nelda (Bill) Wanamaker and Vicky (Terry) Powell, all of McMinnville, sister-in-law Brenda Mullican of McMinnville, special friend and aunt Frances Campbell of McMinnville, special cousin and sister Faye (Clark) Jennings of McMinnville, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 2, at High’s Chapel with Scotty Lawson and Pokie George officiating. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery in Grundy County. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at High’s. Online condolences may be made at

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) June 2, 2021