Zola Mae Shankle, age 89, of Elizabethton, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, June 17, 2012, from Johnson City Medical Center after a brief illness.
She was born in Carter County and was a daughter of the late Herman and Fina Stout Grindstaff. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hurshell Shankle; son, Benny Shankle; sister, Edith Elizondo; and nephew, Frederick Elizondo.
Mrs. Shankle retired from the Carter County School System after 36 years of service, where she taught the first grade at Unaka Elementary for most of her career. She was a lifelong member of Stoney Creek Baptist Church, where she was always active in all of the church activities, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association.
She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Yankosky and husband Richard of Frederick, MD; sister, Edna D`Andelet of Elizabethton, TN; grandchildren, Mary and Michael Amtsberg of Douglasville, PA, Matthew Yankosky of Frederick, MD, and Julie Yankosky of Columbia, MD; great grandchildren, Benjamin Amtsberg and Sarah Amtsberg both of Douglasville, PA, and Anthony Yankosky of Baton Rouge, LA.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at Pine Ridge Care and Rehabilitation Center for their loving and unwavering care.
The funeral service for Mrs. Shankle will be conducted at Tetrick Funeral Home, in the Chapel of Peace, on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 7:00 PM with Rev. Richard Estep, Rev. Bill Greer and Rev. Bryan Smith officiating. Special music will be provided by Janice Estep and Debra Woods. The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel from 5:00 – 7:00 PM prior to the service.
The graveside service and interment will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday in Blevins Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Doyce Sheffield, Richard Lewis, William Grover, Henry White, Marvin Garland, Kenneth Shankle, Matthew Yankosky, Michael Amtsberg, and Waymon Carrier. Norman Peters will serve as an honorary pallbearer. Those who wish to attend the service are asked to meet at 10:15 AM at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.
Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Stoney Creek Baptist Church, 1843 Hwy 91, Elizabethton, TN 37643.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tetrickfuneralhome.com and signing the guest book.
Tetrick Funeral Home, Elizabethton is serving the family. Office 423- 542-2232, Obituary line 543-4917.