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Midge (Edwards) Kilby, wife of Chester James Kilby (deceased), 84, passed away on July 21, 2017, in her sleep.
Visitation is from noon to 3 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2017, at Crossville First Freewill Baptist Church followed by the funeral service at 3 p.m. with Pastor Mike McCoy officiating. Interment will be at Haley's Grove Cemetery in Crossville immediately following the service.
Midge was born on Aug. 25, 1932, in Crab Orchard and raised near Cox Valley Road, the daughter of Arthur M. Edwards and Avo (Pennycuff) Edwards. Midge married on Feb. 21, 1951, moved to Ohio in 1957 with her family and returned to Crossville in 1978 where she remained.
She raised eight children and enjoyed watching her kids play softball and baseball when they were growing up. Her most favorite activities were attending church, being surrounded by her children and grandchildren and attending family gatherings. She had an unwavering faith in God and an astounding love for her children. She loved the annual family reunions and all family get-togethers where she could cook, play games (especially rummy where she won most games) or watch her family play games. She was an excellent cook and well known for her amazing, home-cooked breakfasts. She loved organizing weekly lunches with her brothers, sisters and extended family. She loved people and people loved her.
Midge is survived by her son Bill Kilby of Crossville, son Jim Kilby of North Ridgeville, OH, son Larry Kilby of Crossville, son Lonnie Kilby of Crossville, daughter Marie Tomlinson and husband Dan of Wakeman, OH, daughter Vickie Cochran and husband Bruce of Crossville and daughter Rhonda Clendenon and husband Doug of Jonesborough, TN. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kelly Revette, JD Tomlinson, Travis Tomlinson, Jason Kilby, Jamie Carr, Eric Augustine, Jodi Unangst, Kimberly Thompson, Jeremy Kilby, Stacy Bond, Lorin Surles, Tyler Clendenon, Chad Clendenon, Kyle Clendenon, Jake Kilby and Shelby Kilby; many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; brothers Jay C. Edwards and Roger Dale Edwards; and sister Sarah Jo Garrett. Her family loved her dearly.
In addition to her husband and parents, her son Donnie Kilby preceded Midge in death. She was also preceded in death by her brothers Harold Edwards, Arthur Edwards Jr. and Howard Edwards; and sisters Judy Martin, Geraldine Sutphin and Linda Sue Edwards.
Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on July 24, 2017
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