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Dorothy Cleota ‘Cleo’ McQueen, age 83, of Shady Valley, Tennessee, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015 at the Johnson City Medical Center. She was born on October 8, 1931 in Johnson County to the late Otto Watson and Mary Nichols Watson. In addition to her parents, Cleota was preceded in death by her sisters: Iris McCann, Gertrude Gilley and Wilma Watson, and brothers: Ronald Watson and Wade Watson.
Cleota had worked at Levi Manufacturing and Litton Industries. She was a homemaker and loved cooking, gardening, quilting and taking care of her husband and family. Cleota will be missed by all who knew her.
She was a member of Crandull Church of Christ.
Cleota is survived by her husband of 64 ½ years, Reford McQueen; son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Marty McQueen; grandchildren: Ryan and Joanna McQueen; sister, Cordella Rugg and husband Bill; brother, Howard Watson and wife Lorraine; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were conducted at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the Crandull Church of Christ with Tracy Dugger and Buddy Morefield officiating.
The family received friends from 4-6:00 p.m. prior to the service at the church.
Graveside service and interment followed at the McQueen Cemetery
Pallbearers were Ryan McQueen, David Watson, Michael Watson, Jack Blevins, Cody Grindstaff and Clay Walker. Honorary pallbearers were men of the Crandull Church of Christ.
Memorials in Cleo’s memory may be made to the Shady Valley Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Kenneth McQueen, 134 McQueen Road, Shady Valley, TN 37688.
At other times, the family will receive friends at the home of Cleo’s son, Randy McQueen, 1003 Winchester Road, Shady Valley, TN 37688
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The family of Dorothy Cleota ‘Cleo’ McQueen has entrusted her services to Mountain City Funeral Home, 224 S. Church Street, Mountain City, TN 37683.