Liz Jackson


Elizabeth “Liz” Hannah Jackson, 63, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 10, 2019, at her home surrounded by her family.

She was born in Cleveland, on June 27, 1956, a daughter of the late Glen and Nona Hannah. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister and "" that loved her family dearly. She was well known for her passion on the basketball court, dancing and being the “Life of the Party.”

She was a teacher in the Bradley County School System for 35 years, where she impacted countless lives. She was the first female to sign a basketball scholarship with Cleveland State Community College. She was three-time all state player for Jim Smiddy, played at MTSU and two-time all OVC player.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Melba Sue Rice; and two brothers: John “Pete” Hannah and Jerry Leon Hannah.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving and devoted husband of 37 years, Turner Jackson; two daughters: Brittany Elizabeth Jackson of Cleveland, and Lindsey Nicole Shipley of Murfreesboro; four grandchildren: Cash Shipley, Kylin Shipley, Cade Shipley and Ayden Haynesworth; four sisters: Geneva Turner, Glenda Clayton (Tom), Rita Hannah and Renada Skelton, all of Cleveland; three brothers: Glenn Jr. Hannah of Cleveland, Ron Hannah (Brenda) of Knoxville and Steve Hannah (Wanda) of Athens; and several nieces and nephews, and other extended family members who loved her dearly.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, Aug. 13, 2019, from 4 until 7 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, located at 1275 Stuart Road in Cleveland.

A Remembrance of Life service will follow the visitation at 7p.m., with Jeff Lovingood, Heath Eslinger and Debbie Westfield officiating.

The interment and committal service will take place on Wednesday, at noon in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with Derrick Hannah, Matt Clayton, Jon Brogdon, Steve Logsdon, Ben Smith, Travis Adams, Phillip Benton and Kent Smith serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers with be the members of  Liz’s senior basketball team, the Tennessee Flash. The funeral procession will leave First Baptist Church at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

The family would like to say a special thank-you to the staff of Hospice of Chattanooga for the excellent care they provided "Liz" and her family during these past months.

You are encouraged to share a memory of "Liz", and/or your personal condolences with her family, by visiting her memorial webpage and guestbook at

Companion Funeral Home and the Cody family are honored to assist her family with these arrangements. 


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