Dorothy Ann Cole, 81, a resident of McMinn County, passed away on Saturday morning, Aug. 10, 2019, at River Grove Health & Rehab in Loudon surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 19, 1938 in Knox County, a daughter of the late Smith P. Cole and Eula Hartman Cole. She moved to McMinn County in the early 1950s, where her parents owned Cole’s Country Store on Highway 68 in Niota. Dorothy was of the Baptist faith and a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Niota for many years. She was a housewife for many years and worked in the sewing/hosiery industries in McMinn County. Dorothy loved nature, wildlife and all animals. She also enjoyed flower gardening, working in the yard and spending time with her family and attending church and church activities. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Benny Cole, Eugene “Gene” Cole, and Thomas “Tom” Cole; infant sister at birth; and former husband, Clyde Strickland. Dorothy leaves behind to cherish her memory one daughter and son-in-law, Jayne and Pete Buchanan of North Carolina; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Amanda and Adam Watson of Loudon; great-granddaughter whom she loved dearly, Isabelle Watson, also of Loudon; sister-in-law, Juanita Cole Womac; very special and faithful friend, Sarah Stemen; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, along with their families. Dorothy loved animals and, in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the McMinn County Animal Shelter or the Monroe Animal Shelter in her memory. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, Aug. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, located at 1803 County Road 250 in Niota. A funeral service will follow the visitation time at 8 p.m. with the Rev. Mike Bernard officiating. The interment will take place on Wednesday morning, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery with Pete Buchanan, Adam Watson, Jay May, Ricky Strickland, Marvin Strickland, Eric Buchanan and Micah Buchanan serving as pallbearers. Share a memory of Dorothy and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial web page and guest book at Companion Funeral Home of Athens is honored to assist her family with these arrangements.

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