Claude Wesley West


Claude Wesley West Sr., 76, of Riceville, passed away Monday morning, Sept. 18, 2017, at a regional medical center.

He is a native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, and a member of Christ Community Church. He proudly served his country as a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, and retired from Honeywell Corporation in Cleveland. He enjoyed gardening and spending time with family, friends and his dog “Bo.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur West and Martha Geralds Watts; sons: Michael West, and Steven West; daughter, Lisa West; brother, Charles West; first wife, Elsie Gibson West; stepson and stepdaughter, Sharon and Jeff Rogers; and a grandson, Brandon Shepherd,

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Thelma West; children: Joy West of Athens, Wesley (Susie) West of Riceville, and Tammy (Chris) Rayburn of Englewood; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers: Kerry (Nancy) West of Cleveland, and Bill (Alice) West of Athens; several nieces and nephews; and other extended family and friends.

The funeral will be conducted Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home of Etowah with the Rev. Carlos Peterson officiating.

Visitation will be held on today, from 5 to 8 p.m., in the chapel of the funeral home.

The family expresses appreciation to the staff of Starr Regional Medical Center (Athens Campus) and especially, Chelsea Green for their compassionate care.

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