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Mary Ruth Hankins

Mary Ruth Hankins, 94, youngest of ten children born to Ease and Eliza Hankins, went home to be with the Lord March 6, 2017.

She attended Hillcrest Baptist Church in Chattanooga. A special thanks to Hospice of Chattanooga for all their care and kindness.

Preceding Mary in death was the children’s father, Lester Smith.

She is survived by her loving family, sons Leslie (Maggie) Smith and Wade (Carolyn) Smith of Pikeville; daughters Genevieve (Harold) Howell of Dalton, Georgia and Ella Weese (Ken) Belue of Chattanooga; special caregiver and granddaughter, Sherry; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and friends.

A celebration of life was held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Bobby Wilson officiating. Burial was in McDowell Cemetery.

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Pikeville Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

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