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Billie Lee McGee

December 7, 1941 — July 18, 2016

Billie Lee McGee, age 74, of Athens passed away at the home of her daughter, Jill Russell, surrounded by her children.  She was born in Decatur, TN on December 7, 1941, to the late Bill Goforth and Marie Fairbanks McDonald, and attended McMinn County High School, having attained her GED at the age of 54.  Billie never lost her youthful desire to learn.  The Harry Potter series lined her bookshelves and video games decorated her TV stand.  She worked several years as a beloved supervisor for both Lay's and Etowah Manufacturing; and eventually ended her longstanding career to selflessly preside as the caregiver for her mother and stepfather. 

Above all, Billie was known by her family and friends as a woman of staunch faith.  She took pride in her individual relationship with the Lord and truly served as an emotional rock for her family. 

Billie is preceded in death by her grandmother and grandfather Fairbanks; father Bill Goforth; daughter, Michelle Kugler; stepson, John Farrell; mother Marie McDonald; and grandson Tyler Womack.

She is survived by four children, Vicki Womack, and children Melanie and J.J.; Jeff Duke and children, Christopher, Sammie, and Jo; Millie Farrell and children, Michelle and Mitchell; and Jill Russell and daughter, Jessica; sisters, Louise and Austin Shadden of Etowah, Gina Fitzgerald of Athens;  one brother Jimmy and Dee McDonald of Kingston; and stepfather, J.D. McDonald of Athens.

The family wishes to express their special appreciation to LifeCare Center of Athens and Caris Hospice for their passionate care.
"To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure." J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter Series

A memorial service will be held at the home of Jill Russell located at 1910 Oxnard Road, Athens, TN 37303, on Sunday July 30, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.  Memorial contributions may be sent to the family at the same address.

Visit the McGee family guestbook and leave a message of comfort.
Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Etowah is in charge of the arrangements.
To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Billie Lee McGee, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, July 30, 2016

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Home of Daughter, Jill Russell

1910 Oxnard Road, Athens, TN 37303

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