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Theo (which means "God's given") Ann Aytes, 81, of Crossville, crossed Jordan to meet her children's dad on the Lord's day, Sunday, July 30, 2017.
She was a devout servant of God, an American Christian, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to spend time in God's word. Theo introduced her children to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She loved to garden, travel and shop and was a loving sister and aunt. She was beloved by all and was a blessing to anyone who knew her. She treated people better than she was sometimes treated. She really enjoyed life and her heart was full of love for her family. She enjoyed supporting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren at ballgames, achievement programs and all school functions, including monthly lunch dates with each child at each school.
At 81 years of age, it was a challenge for her children to keep up with her. Her family was truly blessed to unknowingly spend a final tremendous weekend surrounding her with the love they have always received from her as their mother. This is not goodbye. Her family will see her again.
Theo is survived by her daughters, Cherry Aytes, Kathy Thomas, Candy Aytes McNeeley and Angel Aytes, all of Crossville; sons, Avery (Mary) P. Aytes Jr. and Alvin Aytes, all of Crossville; grandchildren, Elisha, Mary Alice, Shawn, Michael, Jeremy (Shelby), Whitney, Amber and Alana; great-grandchildren, Dylan, Zach, Taylor, Shyla and Jase; brothers, John Ledford of Ozone and James Ledford of Cookeville; and sister, Connie Ledford of Helton, TX.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Avery Porter Aytes Sr.; father, Theodore Dallas Ledford; mother, Annie Isabel Price Ledford; and sister, Gloria Maxine McKinney.
Visitation will be held at Bilbrey Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, from 3 to 5 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 5 p.m. with Rev. Troy Marks officiating. Interment will be in Crossville City Cemetery.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on August 1, 2017
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