Naomi Sue Cripps-Kelly, 89, of Smithville, TN passed away on September 30, 2017 in Hendersonville, TN.
Visitation will be Monday from 4-8 pm at Love-Cantrell Funeral Home Smithville, TN.
Funeral services will be held at 2 pm Tuesday October 3rd at Smithville First Assembly of God with Bro. Donnie Kelly officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery.
Naomi Sue was born in Smithville, TN to Houston and Olivia Underwood on July 12, 1928. She married Freddie Hoyte Cripps on November 10, 1943 in Ringgold, GA. Hoyte having passed away in November 1989, Sue later married Mr. Albert Kelly, the late father of Reverend and Mrs. Donnie Kelly, Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God of Smithville, TN. By way of vocation, Sue was a Master Seamstress having owned and operated for many years Sewing by Sue, an alterations and gift shop located near the town square in Smithville. Throughout her entire life, she was involved in numerous church and community activities, with a particular focus on youth and Christian music productions. Sue was a life-time, charter member of the Smithville Church of God, but in recent years she attended the First Assembly of God located on Cookeville Highway in Smithville.
Sue is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Houston Underwood, her mother and father-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Roy L. Cripps, her husband, Freddie Hoyte Cripps and husband Albert Kelly, her brothers Billy Andrew and Austin Eugene Underwood, and a sister, Mrs. Odell Waggner.
Sue is survived by two sons, Fred W. Cripps and his wife Barbara, Larry D. Cripps and his wife Charlene, two brothers, James and Roger Underwood, one sister, Doris Hare, seven grandchildren, Patrick Jason Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Kevin T. Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Jacob Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Caleb Cripps, Mr. and Mrs. Jason Galaz, Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Gash, and Mr. and Mrs. Alex Webb Cripps. She is also survived and exceedingly blessed with nine great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason, Kevin, Jacob, Matthew Caleb Cripps, Jason Galaz, Alex Webb Cripps and Caleb Gash.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made as a memorial to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital online or by calling 1-800-805-5856.
On behalf of our entire family, my brother Fred and I, as well as Barbara and Charlene, would like to thank the doctors and staffs of Main Street Senior Living and Avalon Hospice Care in Hendersonville, TN for providing amazing care, prayers, and loving support to our dear mother. The staff in both instances clearly went above and beyond what was expected to ensure and enhance our mother’s quality of life up and until the very end.