Ann Louise Shaefer Hamby, 101, of Athens, and native of Etowah, died Wednesday, April 30, 2014.
She was born on April 13, 1913, and was the daughter of the late Ivy Lafayette Shaefer, a jeweler in Athens and Etowah for many years, and the late Mary Hill Shaefer.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Emory Victor Hamby, to whom she was married for 58 years; brother, Jack Shaefer; granddaughter, Eileen Elizabeth Hamby; and great-granddaughter, Jessica Hope Clark.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Athens, and was church pianist for many years. She taught 8-year-old boys’ Sunday school class. She was a charter member of the Athens Garden Beautiful Club.
She was a piano teacher in Etowah, Decatur, and Athens for more than 50 years, beginning as a teenager. She gave the gift of music to hundreds of young people and adults. Her annual spring student recitals at City Park School were memorable events. She enjoyed her many years as an active member of the Athens Music Club, serving in various offices including president. She also served on the executive board of the Tennessee Federation of Music Clubs. She received a special award of merit for her Parade of American Music program from the National Federation of Music Clubs. She also received a plaque from Who’s Who in Music for distinguished service to music and was honored with an article in International Who’s Who in Music in 1975.
She was a graduate of Etowah High School and Tennessee Wesleyan College of Athens. She attended Berea College of Kentucky, and Tennessee Baptist College of Murfreesboro. She taught the third grade in the elementary school in Etowah, and later taught elementary school in Calhoun, during World War II.
She is survived by one daughter, Elaine Hamby Wilburn, of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico; two sons and one daughter-in-law: Jack Hamby of Benton and Jerry and Reita Wattenbarger Hamby of Lake Ocoee Inn, Benton; one niece, Joyce McCarter of Gatlinburg and one great-nephew, Brandon McCarter of California; six grandchildren and their spouses: Michael (Wanda) Wilburn, Steve (Kathie) Wilburn, Celeste Love, Alisha (Ronald) Dillon, Jonathan (Katelyn) Hamby, and Stephanie (Ryan) Cooke; 10 great-grandchildren: Karina, Phillip, Evan, Ryan, and Austin Wilburn, Matthew and Amanda Love, and Emory, Richard and Chelsey Clark.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3, 2014, in the chapel of Smith Funeral Home in Athens with Dr. Carlos Peterson officiating.
Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, prior to the service.
The family suggests memorials be made to First Baptist Church of Athens (Music Ministry), 305 Ingleside Ave., Athens TN 37303.
If you are unable to attend this service or visitation you may sign the guest register at www.smithfuneral&cremationservicesofathens.com.