She was born April 29, 1942 in Williamston, North Carolina and is the daughter of the late Mary and Sam Coffield. She was preceded in death by her brother Jerry Coffield.
Claretha leaves to cherish her memories and celebrate her life by her husband, Elmer Gillespie; three daughters, Keitha Thompson, Donna Gillespie Olujani (Kaaria) and Angie Gillespie; four grandchildren Erik Davis (Andrea), Doniqua Joyner, Essence Joyner and Ronquille Joyner; two great grandchildren Deion and Layla; two sisters, Annie Garrett (Bernard) and Vivian Whitfield (Max); and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other family members and friends.
Claretha was a member of Bethel Christian Church where she served faithfully over the years until her health declined. Her hobbies were sewing and gardening. ¬ We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Claretha during her 76 years. The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her during her last days.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00pm Saturday July 28, 2018 at Bethel Christian Church in Jonesborough, TN. The family will receive friends from 1:30pm until 2:00pm at the church prior to the service. Interment will follow at Lane Memorial Cemetery in Limestone, TN.
Professional Services provided by Birchette Mortuary Inc. 219 E. Millard St. Johnson City, TN. 423-926-6013 http://www.birchettemortuary.com