Vivian Casteel Webb McConnell, 84, went to her heavenly home, Thursday, March 27, 2014, following a brief illness as a result of complications from a stroke.
A native of McMinn County, and a former resident of Kingston, she resided in Cleveland since 1968, when she also became a member of North Cleveland Baptist Church.
She taught Sunday school for many years where she was dearly loved by the little ones and in more recent years was a member of the Sunshine class.
Having worked alongside her husband at McConnell and Gates Exxon for several years until they retired in 1991, she always had a kind word and a listening ear for those she met. She loved nature in all forms whether it was enjoying her flower gardens or watching the birds in her backyard or ‘digging in the dirt’, as she would say.
She was the daughter of the late Larkin and Rossie Gay Casteel. She was proceeded in death by her first husband, Haskell D. Webb; brothers: Robert, J.M., Kenneth, and Leonard Casteel; and sisters: Zella Mae Patton and Ruth Burger.
Survivors include her loving husband of 36 years, Paul E. McConnell; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce ‘Joy’ and Robert ‘Bobby’ Rogers of Etowah; son, Robert “Bob” Webb, of Cleveland; stepdaughters: Marsha (Mike) Wallace and Donna Haney of Cleveland, and Libby (Robert) Bookout of Charleston; stepson, Paul D. (Tammy) McConnell of Cleveland: grandchildren: Amy (Eric) Houle of Boca Raton, Fla., David (Heather) Gates of Tunnel Hill, Ga., Jennifer Webb and Michael (Jessica) Webb, both of Cleveland; stepgrandchildren: Trisha (Monty) Frazier, Abby Wallace, Travis (Brooke) Haney, Jonathan (Alison) Douglas, Josh (Whitney) McConnell, Kiersten McConnell and Whitney McConnell; great-grandchildren: Emily, Ansley, and Dawson Gates, Carson and Owen Houle, Hailey and Emily Webb, Claire Swallows, Cade and Atalee Douglas, Ryleigh McConnell, and Lennox McConnell; brother, Sherman (Catherine) Casteel of Madisonville; sisters: Marie (Holloway) Harris and Sara “Tinker” Martin of Englewood; and Alice (Lewis) Partain of Athens and sister-in-law, Alma Casteel Webb; and several special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
The funeral will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2014, at North Cleveland Baptist Church with Dr. Jay McCluskey officiating.
Interment will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 30, 2014, in McMinn Memory Gardens with David Gates, Mike Webb, Jonathan Douglas, Travis Haney, Steve Castell, Jason Swallows and Paul Smith serving as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the church prior to the service.
Grissom Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mark S. Grissom funeral director.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the McConnell family guest book at www.grissomfh.net.