Sherry Hawkins Kyker, 82, of Tellico Village, and formerly of Lexington, Ky. and Athens, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family. She attended McMinn County High School and Tennessee Wesleyan University in Athens. Sherry was an active member of the Community Church at Tellico Village and many other community organizations. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Lee and Mattie Lou Hawkins. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Paul Kyker Jr. (Tellico Village); children, Kathy and Dan Fagan (Raleigh, N.C.), Dr. Mark and Jimmie Kyker (Carmel, Ind.), and Drs. Kimey Kyker and Dennis Whatley (Piedmont, S.C.); grandchildren, Austin and Katelynn Kyker, Mattie and Millie Fagan, and Noah, Grace, and Sawyer Rothman; sisters, Marcie and David Dershimer (Winter Haven, Fla.), Janna Hawkins and Jess Guinn Jr. (Delano); brother, Dr. Harry Hawkins Jr. and Nanci (Shreveport, La.); and several nieces and nephews. A special thanks for the compassionate care provided by Caris Hospice. A Celebration of Life Ceremony will be held at Community Church at Tellico Village at 1 p.m. on Oct. 12, with Dr. Stephen Prevatte officiating. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Community Church at Tellico Village, www.tellicochurch.com; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org Kyker Funeral Home of Sweetwater is in charge of arrangements.

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