Hazel Rebecca Davis Gill, 87, our sweet mother, of
Soddy-Daisy, slipped beyond our soft touches, caresses and whispers of our
love to eternal life with our Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008,
after an extended illness at Soddy-Daisy Health Care Center.
She received wonderful care at both Soddy-Daisy Health Care
Center and Summit View Assisted Living. She was born March 11, 1921, to
William L. and Nola Penney Davis and was a descendant of several other
pioneer families of Hamilton County that include Barnes, Burkhart, Fryar,
Gann, Hixson, Lea, Lovelady and Matteson.
Hazel was a member of Oak Street Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lester
S. Gill Sr.; brothers, Cecil, Ralph and Hayden; sisters, Louise, Arvazine
and Willie Mae; and beloved granddaughter, Lara.
She is survived by sons, Dr. L. Samuel Gill Jr. (Paulette
Cagle), of Hixson, Ronald A. and Jeannie Gill, of South Boston, Va.; and a
daughter, Rebecca L. Thomas (Ronald Winkler), of Soddy-Daisy;
daughter-in-law, Sharon E. Rigsby Gill, of Hixson; grandchildren and
great-grandchildren, Samuel Taylor and Susan Gill, Samuel and Tucker, of
Signal Mountain, Amy E. (Gill) and Calder W. Martin, Calder Jr. and Will, of
Signal Mountain, Curt and Jocelyn Gill, Davis, Curtis and Louisa, of Lookout
Mountain, Philip L. and Melissa Gill, Smyrna, Tenn., Lori Ellen (Gill) and
James Williams, Pasadena, Md., Charles G. Thomas III (Chrystal Hartman) and
Carley Lynn Thomas, of Chattanooga, Cassi and Kendall Thomas, Marshall and
Alisabeth, Soddy-Daisy, Courtney and Mark McKenzie, Mickale and Alexis,
Soddy-Daisy; sister, Emma Lou Grant, Soddy; special nieces, Sonja Haire,
Tonja Jones, Charlotte Petty, Barbara Morrison, Judy Hurley and Babs Teague;
special nephews, Doyle Grant, Bill Teague and Freddie Teague. And from these
are children and grandchildren too numerous to list but not failing to
mention because she cared for them all. And her dear neighbors and friends
whom she loved and enjoyed living near over 64 years.
Her life was richly touched by these families and friends in
a positive way. She was kind, loving and compassionate. Our family was
richly blessed to be graced with her presence for 87 years.
Services will be today at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel
with the Rev. Darrell Winters officiating.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Don and Morris Elliott, Sam
Petty, Gary McDonald, Butch Thomas, Frank Mulkey and J.W. Bailey.
Condolences and memories may be shared at
Arrangements are by Williamson & Sons Funeral Home, 8852
Dayton Pike Soddy-Daisy, TN 37379.