Born August 12, 1919 to Mabel Lenore Carter Gass and Francis Willard Gass of the Weems Chapel Community. Mildred graduated Mosheim High School and told of the time of attending before there were school buses to take the rural children to the school. Mildred and her sister, Elizabeth, stayed at “Aunt Bin” Miller’s Boarding House to attend and finish high school. After high school, she moved to Highland Avenue to care for “Mammie Gass” and thus became a member of the “Highland Gang,” a group of ladies who enjoyed outings together throughout their lives. Saving her funds from that caring opportunity, Mildred attended the Martin Beauty Academy in Johnson City after which she became a licensed beautician and worked with the Martha Beauty Shop and the BON TON Beauty Shop in Greeneville. It was at Martha’s Beauty Shop that she gave the first “cold wave permanent” in Greeneville. After a career of twenty years as a beautician and a traumatic hand injury, Mildred began her career with Laughlin Memorial Hospital and worked there for over 30 years becoming known to many for her excellent patient care of their family members. She retired at age 81. Doyle and Mildred were members of the “Crusader’s” Sunday School class of Trinity United Methodist Church. Mildred was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary since WWII and a recognized “Life Long Member of the American Legion Post of Greeneville.”
Mildred was also known for her love of gardening and working in her yard. Many neighbors and friends loved to receive her delicious chocolate and caramel cakes, chocolate fudge, as well as the famous “dill pickles” and her many beautiful flowers.
Special thanks are due to her special neighbors Mr. and Mrs. Orbin Ball and Sue and Stanley. Other special thanks go to numerous care givers and friends, Jean and Harold Henry, Patricia Lowe, Madelyn Lewis, Angie Simerly, Jan Whitehead, Shannon Cooper, Joann Starnes, and Vicki Campbell, as well as the Mountain States (Ballad Health) Hospice Care team which were great in their loving caring, with special thanks to Angie, Becky, and Ivy Tester.
Preceded in death by: her husband: Doyle J. Wallin; son: Larry Wallin; her mother and father; two sisters: Elizabeth Campbell and Nellie Basinger; three brothers: Bennie Gass, Johnnie Gass, Barton Gass.
Survivors include: one daughter: Kathryn Wallin Wilhoit (Dean); two grandchildren: John Wilhoit (Renee) of Roanoke, Virginia and Stacie Lane (Matthew) of Kingsport, Tennessee; six special great grandchildren: Wyatt Lane and Graycie Lane and Kaylee Wilhoit, Brody Wilhoit, Leona Mae Wilhoit, and Roman Wilhoit; brother: W. Kyle Gass; sister-in-laws: Mary Elizabeth Oliver and Grace Gass.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 12-2PM at Trinity United Methodist Church. The funeral service will follow at 2PM, with Rev. Stuart Albee and Rev. Paul Longmire officiating. Interment will follow in Weem’s Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Gary Campbell, Bobby Campbell, David Gass, Steven Gass, Fred Wallin, David Wallin, Jesse Campbell, and John Wallin. Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at www.jeffersmortuary.com . Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.