PEGGY ANN CARRELL - age 86 of Lebanon.
Peggy Ann Pirtle and her twin sister, Patsy, were born to Elmer and Carry Pirtle on May 28, 1931, in Fayetteville, Tennessee. She was the sixth of eight children. When Peggy was eight years of age, her mother died, and Elmer remarried. She has a step-brother, Richard E. Pirtle.
Peggy is preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Thomas Harold Carrell; three brothers: Calvin Pirtle of Madison, Tennessee; Jerry Pirtle of Washington state; and Stanley Pirtle of Dickson, Tennessee, and four sisters: twin sisters Letha Pirtle and Retha Sweeney Davis both of Fayetteville, Tennessee; Myrtie Jean Arnoud of California; and Patsy Jane Gilbert of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
She is survived by one daughter, Connie Carrell Grimes and her husband, Nathan Grimes of Lubbock, Texas, and one son, Gerald Thomas Carrell and his wife, Diane Rhodes Carrell of Las Vegas, Nevada; two grandsons: Jeremy Grimes and his wife, Sara Bax Grimes of Big Spring, Texas, and, Jason Grimes and his wife, Heidi Shelton Grimes of Eagle Mountain, Utah. She has eight great-grandchildren: Harley Ann Grimes of Portales, New Mexico; Mykeal P. Nathan Grimes of Big Spring, Texas; Porsche Grimes Copeland and her husband, PFC Cody Copeland, of Killeen, Texas; Mercedes Elizabeth Grimes of Big Spring, Texas; Sebastian Xavier Grimes of Lubbock, Texas; Damian Arcadeous Grimes of Eagle Mountain, Utah; Destiny J. Shelton-Green of Vail. Arizona; and Xander Jack Grimes of Eagle Mountain, Utah. She has one great-great-grandson, Anson Lee Grimes of
Shortly after her mother’s death, Peggy and five of her siblings were sent to live at the Baptist Orphan’s Home in Spring Hill, Tennessee. It was the end of the Great Depression and things were especially difficult for them.
When she was sixteen, she went to live with a couple who loved her and taught her about the love of Christ. In a few months, she went to live with her mother’s sister and her husband, Sarah and John Bennett in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Here she met the man she would marry, Harold Carrell, as the family called him. She was 18 years of age, and he 22. Over the span of their marriage, they lived in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and Alabama. Tom, as you know him, went to work for the TVA for 38 years and they retired in Lebanon. They moved to Lebanon in 1978 and lived here until thy passed.
Peggy was intelligent and had a wicked sense of humor, as everyone knows. What you may not know is that she only had a sixth grade education, She wasn’t embarrassed by this, but she knew she could do better. At the age of 47, she went back to school and receive her GED.
Peggy was active in the church from early in their marriage. She helped with VBS and taught Sunday School classes. She helped her husband in endeavors from making sandwiches to wielding a mean paintbrush. She enjoyed her work for the Lord, whether physical or spiritual.
Peggy was smart, funny, and made friends easily. Friends and family will miss Peggy Carrell.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Maple Hill Church of Christ from 11 a.m. until the funeral service at 1 p.m.
Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery.
PARTLOW FUNERAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements. 615-444-7007 OBIT LINE 615-444-7700 www.partlowchapel.com