Mary Winona “ Winnie” (Hutsell) Axley passed peacefully on May 14, 2020, at the age of 94 at Life Care Center of Athens. She was loved by her family and friends and will be missed dearly. Winnie was born on Feb. 8, 1926, to the late Clyde and Sarah Hutsell and was preceded in death by her husband, Grayson; her sisters, Blanche Landers and Caroline Elliott; and her brothers, Charles, Bennett, John, Joe, and Don Hutsell. She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Black; her grandson, Steve Grayson Black and wife, Ashley; her granddaughter, Robin (Black) Hopkins and husband, Rob; and her six grandchildren, Grayson, Lauren, and Carson Black, Lily Phillips, as well as Chandler and Brooklyn Hopkins. She is also survived by her sister, Betsy Elliott and husband, Cecil; and brother, Roy Hutsell and wife, Jennifer. Winona “Winnie” Axley grew up in the Tranquility community and attended Sewee Church of God. She was employed by Park Avenue Laundry and Cleaners, Citizens Bank, and Chandlers Fabrics while residing in Athens. So many have been blessed with one of her many quilts, and a little of Winnie’s love was put into each one. Under the circumstances in which we are living, her family plans to hold a celebration of her life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Winnie to the McMinn Senior Activity Center, 205 McMinn Ave., Athens, TN 37303. Share remembrances and/or condolences through Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home at or send cards to 584 County Road 218, Niota, TN 37826. Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home of Athens is in charge of arrangements.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.