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Oct. 10, 1917—April 12, 2015 Virgie Lewis, 97, of Crossville, passed away April 12, 2015, at Wharton Nursing Home in Pleasant Hill. She was born Oct. 10, 1917, in Byrdstown, daughter of the late John Henry Easterly and Eunice Ann (Smith) Easterly. Virgie was a homemaker and was a member of Crossville Church of Christ where she served as a Bible school teacher for many years (ages 0 to teenager).  She was also a charter member of The ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens) and the United Fund of Cumberland County. She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club, Band Boosters, and a charter member of Cumberland County Beautiful (active member for 32 years). Virgie was a 4-H leader and a Girl Scout leader for 20+ years. She has also reigned as Mrs. Cumberland County Senior Citizen. Virgie was also a member of Cumberland Medical Center Auxiliary; a member of Cumberland County Fair Association (board member for 60+ years, secretary for 25 years, treasurer for several years and chairman of Adult Exhibit Building for 20 years); member of International Fair Association; board member of the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging; secretary and board member of the Fair Park Sr. Citizens (Multi-Purpose Sr. Citizens); Crossville Beautification board/committee (appointed by Mayor J.H. Graham III); member of Crossville Elementary School P.T.A. (president); Tanasi Council Girl Scout leader; Boy Scout leader; member of Home Demonstration Club/Council (president for four years); Senior of the Month in 1990 and Senior of the Year in 1990 for the Senior Citizen's Center; 127 South Senior Center; Cumberland Medical Center Auxiliary; advisory board member of the Upper Cumberland Development District serving 14 counties; Merit Award committee member for the Tennessee Association of Fairs (judged fairs across the state); and co-designer and maker of Cumberland County's Bicentennial Flag that will hang in the Tennessee State Museum. Virgie accumulated more than 33 plaques and certificates of appreciation and/or participation. She also joined the Crossville Woodcarvers and has made several beautiful pieces. She is survived by her son, David Lewis (Kathryn) of Knoxville; daughters, Jeanene Houston (Steve) and Jeanette Martin, all of Crossville; daughter-in-law, Sylvia Lewis of Crossville; brother, Herman Easterly of Dayton, OH; and sisters, Jean Thurman of Crossville and Glenna Ruth Tabor of California. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 11 great -grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Elmo Lewis Sr.; son, "Buddy" Charles Elmo Lewis Jr.; son-in-law, Ron Martin; father, John Henry Easterly; mother, Eunice Ann (Smith) Easterly; brothers, Ambrose Easterly, Herbert Easterly and Hollis Easterly; and sisters, Jewel Easterly and Hilda Rigby. Donations may be made to the United Fund of Cumberland County, 348 Taylor St., Crossville, TN 38555 or at www.cumberlandunitedfund.org. Funeral services were held at Crossville Church of Christ April 15, with Bro. Barry Kennedy and Bro. Larry McDuffee officiating.  Interment was in Linary Cemetery. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  April 16, 2015
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