She died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She handled the battle like she lived her life, with dignity and integrity.
She was born in Meigs County, but was raised in Athens and graduated from McMinn County High School in 1956. She was married to Kenneth L. Parson until his death in 1980. Their marriage was blessed with three children.
She was also preceded in death by her parents, J.R. and Mrytle Sink Woods; two sisters: Marie Thompson and Jewel Wright; and three brothers: Robert Woods, Marvin Woods and Burnie Woods.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens for many years, but was a member of the Eastanallee Baptist Church at the time of her death.
She had served as a volunteer for CONTACT and was a previous member of the Athens Women’s Browning Circle. She will be fondly remembered as a woman of strength, tenderness and beauty.
She spent her career working as bookkeeper for Revco Drug Company and as a receptionist of Dr. Bill Emendorfer and Dr. Charles Bivens, where she worked until her retirement.
She will be dearly missed by her loving and devoted husband, Troy Sisson, of Athens; two daughters and sons-in-law: Kim (Debo) Toomey of Athens and Missy (Blake) Walker of Ringgold, Ga.; one son, Kenny Parson of Athens; she was very blessed to have five granddaughters: Holly (Nathan) Matney of Knoxville, Heather Toomey of Athens, Hannah Toomey of Knoxville, and Sarah Vanderslice of Ringgold and Taylor Walker of Chattanooga; grandson, Tyler Walker of Memphis; she also had two great-grandsons, Landon and Riley Matney of Knoxville; stepdaughters: Valerie (David) Moore of Etowah, Cindy (Jerry) Bivens of Florida and Wade Sisson of Lenoir City; stepgrandchildren: David Jr. Moore, Josh (Amber) Moore, Jason (Kelly) Moore, all of Etowah, Courtney and Wendell Marlar of Charleston, Chris, Dakota, Richard and Jessica Sisson, all of Etowah; one brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Curtis (Maxine) Woods of Madisonville; three sisters-in-law: Helen Woods, Nelda Woods and Lib Woods; several stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 this evening, at Smith Funeral Home.
A celebration of Frieda’s life will be held in the chapel of the funeral home in Athens at 7 p.m. today, Jan, 28, 2014, with her brother, the Rev. Curtis Woods, and the Rev. Oran Creasman officiating.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in McMinn Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be David Moore Jr., Josh Moore, Jason Moore, Dale Woods, David Moore, and Wendell Marlar.
The family suggests memorials be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 7625 Hamilton Park Drive, Suite22, Chattanooga TN 37421 in Frieda’s memory.
If you are unable to attend this service or visitation, you may sign the guest register at www.smithfuneral&cremationservicesofathens.com.