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Sarah Melba Spain

Sarah Melba Spain, 98, of Pikeville, Tennessee died Friday, April 20, 2018.

She was a sports enthusiast, especially of college basketball.  Her favorite teams were the Universities of Tennessee and North Carolina. Melba retired from the Boys Club of America in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she had been the secretary and bookkeeper for many years.  She was a 1938 graduate of Bledsoe County High School and a member of Emmanuel Fellowship Baptist Church.

Melba was preceded in death by her parents, Franklin and Maibelle Austin McWilliams; brothers, Jamie and Lee McWilliams; sisters, Genevieve Ewton, Geraldine Gray, and Tommye Agee.   

She is survived by her son Jack (Martha Kincheloe) Spain, Raleigh, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Kincheloe-Spain (Chris)Wood and Griffin McWilliams Kincheloe-Spain (Wes) Barbour; one great-grandchild, Henderson Spain Wood; two special friends, Elizabeth Beavert Webb and Perry Seals; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

A celebration of life was held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Pete Brown officiating. Burial was in Pope Cemetery.  The family received friends prior to the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Amedysis Hospice ,310 Kimball Crossing Drive, Kimball, TN  37347.

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Pikeville Funeral Home was entrusted with arrangements.

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