Melva Jean Sanders Smithdeal, 88, Roan Mountain passed away Monday August 15, 2011 in the Sycamore Shoals Hospital.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, she had lived in Carter County since 1965. She was a daughter of the late Eugene & Helen Kroeger Sanders. Mrs Smithdeal was a former Elementary School Teacher having taught in Chattanooga and Roan Mountain.She was a member of the Roan Mountain 7th Day Adventist Church. She loved to garden and work in the yard. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Alexander Ross, her second husband Joe Smithdeal, a sister: Wanda Wood and a step-son: Allen Smithdeal.
Survivors include a daughter: Vanessa Ryder, Roan Mountain. Two Grandchildren: Amy Ryder and Erin Ryder. A Step-Daughter: Jean Smithdeal Hyder, Elizabethton. A Step-Son: Sidney Smithdeal, Butler. Several step-Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren.
Private Graveside Services will be conducted Tuesday in the Sanders Family Cemetery with a Celebration of Life Service to be held at a later date.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge.