Wilma June Smith Lessman, 65, of Cookeville, passed away November 12, 2013, at Life Care Center of Sparta, with her husband by her side.
Born in Oneida, August 14, 1948, she was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert Allen and Nellie May Taylor Smith; sister, Sheila Ann Smith; and brother-in-law, Gerald Eugene Lessman.
She was a member of Bangham Heights Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School, served in the nursery, church bus, and sign ministries, and sang in the choir. She graduated from Oneida High School as salutatorian of the class of 1966, and graduated from Tennessee Tech with a Bachelors Degree in Education and a Masters Degree in Special Education. She taught developmentally challenged children at a diagnostic clinic while living in Rolla, Missouri. She taught first grade for a number of years at Northeast Elementary and at Park View Elementary. In 1985, she returned to TTU to study math and computer science and subsequently taught math classes at Cookeville High School and in the Developmental Studies Program at TTU. In 1981, she was chosen as the Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator for the State of Tennessee. She did her best to give all of her students a good start.
She served for a number of years as a member of the Reach for a Cure breast cancer group of the local American Cancer Society. She was a member of the CRMC Auxiliary for more than a decade and served terms as historian and on the nurse scholarship committee. She was an avid seamstress and gardener, and was known as the ëthrow ladyí having made and given many fleece throws and baby blankets to her friends and to charity. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, aunt, and friend.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Roger Ellis Lessman of Cookeville; son, Edward (Ted) Allen Lessman of Nashville; sisters: Linda Sue and Len St. John of Lancaster, Calif.; Violet and Bill Hamilton of Oneida; and Yvonne and Jeff Moore of Greeneville, Tenn.; brothers: Hobart Allen Smith of Bedford, Texas, and Herbert Alvin Smith and Joanie of Spring City; uncle, James Harold Smith of Ocala, Fla.; sister-in-law, Delores Lessman of Independence, Kansas; brother-in-law, Ray and Gail Lessman of Nashville; numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grand- nieces and nephews; and other relatives.
Funeral service was conducted November 16, at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Griner officiating. Music was provided by Linda Crider and Arlene Mason. Interment followed at Smith Chapel Cemetery.
Hooper- Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.