Skip to content

Priscilla M. Deakins

Priscilla M. Deakins, 76, of Pikeville died Monday, January 11, 2016 in Rhea County.

She was a member of Pikeville United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women.  Bledsoe County Republican Women and was the chairperson for Lamar Alexander’s successful campaign for Tennessee Governor. In 1986, she served as Bledsoe County’s chairperson for the Tennessee Homecoming ‘86 celebration.

Priscilla was a certified medical secretary, earning her degree from the University of Tennessee’s evening school. She owned and operated Simply Elegant Catering and enjoyed working with her best friend Shirley Pendergrass for many years. Priscilla and her husband, Bill, operated Deakins Town & Country, Bill’s Barbecue, and the 19th Hole at Fall Creek Falls State Park for several years.

She was a true Tennessean with a heart for volunteering for programs such as the Pikeville Elementary PTO, 4-H Clubs, Bledsoe County Fair and Fairest of the Fair committee and Horse Show Parade, Brownie and Junior Scout leader at the Methodist Church. Priscilla was a volunteer art teacher for the first head start in Bledsoe County at Lusk School.

Priscilla was a member of various organizations including the Business and Professional Women’s Club where she served a secretary, charter member of the Bledsoe County Jaycettes and vice regional president of the Tennessee Jaycettes. She was the county coordinator for Tennessee Homecoming ‘86 and was also active in Bledsoe County PTO.

Priscilla was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Deakins; parents, John C. Mitchell and Iva Bell Smith; and step-father, Howard M. Smith.

Survivors include daughter, Becky D. (Gregg) Ridley of Pikeville; sons, Mike (Sherri) Deakins of Pikeville; Thomas (Kim) Deakins of Farragut; grandchildren, Meghan Deakins, Will (Tiffany) Ridley, John (Ashley) Deakins, Matt Ridley, Ryan Deakins, Kaci, Molly, Elaine and Conner Deakins; great-granddaughter, Rylee Grace Ridley; sister, Patricia Livesay of Maryville; and nephew, Greg Livesay.

Services will be Sunday, January 17, at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Pikeville Cemetery.

Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. CST. Memorial contributions can be made to The Alzheimers Association and Imagination Library at Bledsoe County Library or the charity of your choice.

Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements were by Putnam-Reed Funeral Home in Pikeville.

Leave a Comment