Clara L. McGill (Sign Guestbook)

Clara Lawson McGill, age 92 of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at home. She was preceded in death by husband, C. Spence McGill; parents, Hubert and Marie Lawson; brothers, James and Robert; and sister, Elizabeth Stedman. Clara is survived by her children-son, Rusty; daughters, Penny (Randy) Boring, Mitzi (Eddie) Stamps, Sandy (Chuck) Griffin; grandchildren, Lisa Henry, Jill Smiley, Jason Stamps, Jeremy Hicks, Meghan Stamps, Spencer Hayes, Darrell Griffin; nine great-grandchildren; ‘double first cousins, Margaret Smith and David Lawson; and several nieces and nephews.

Mother enjoyed spending time with family and talking with many friends. She never met a stranger. She loved her church family at Trinity UMC and the fun trips and luncheons with the Young at Heart, Sunday School Classes, the Householders, and recently the Logo Class.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 21st from 4:30-6:30pm at Trinity UMC, 5613 Western Avenue, with the Service to follow. The Graveside Service is at Lynnhurst Cemetery on Thursday, June 22nd at 10am, with son, Rusty; grandsons, Jeremy & Jason; and great-grandsons, Alex, Jacob and Nick acting as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Trinity UMC Memorial Fund. The family would like to thank Tennova Residential Hospice in Halls, the nurses, cna’s, volunteers, and staff for their loving care for mother in these last eight weeks. Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the McGill family and invites you to view and sign their online guestbook below.


16 guestbook entries for “Clara L. McGill”:

  1. Debbie Hicks Wynne says:

    Our deepest sympathy. I’m so sorry for your loss. Love and prayers.

  2. Jeanne Chase says:

    Our deepest sympathy for Clara’s family. Warren and I loved Clara and got to know her when she spent her winters here in Orlando with Rusty. She joined our Sunday School class at Ocoee Oaks United Methodist Church when she was in Florida, and we loved her participation. Clara was a true and gracious Southern Lady. Love and prayers to Clara’s entire family.

  3. Deb Ault says:

    Mitsi and family, so sorry for your loss. I remember stopping by her house on the way home from UT football games. She was a sweet lady that was so welcoming. She will be greatly missed. Deb and Ed Ault

  4. Patricia Baker says:

    Dear Penny and Randy too!

    I am so very sorry for this sorrow in your life but count it all joy when a believer is absent from the body for they are present with the Lord. Although I never got to meet her here I may one day get to have a visit with her in our eternal home. Blessings to you both. God bless you very much.

  5. Mary. Green says:

    Aunt Clara was there in Florida when I was on my 1st remission in February 2005 my 1st year. She and Rusty and I would enjoy our time together, shopping and talking and out to lunch. I remember her and always will how she loved to go get her hair done when she would come down to Florida to be here, during cold winter,….to the good ol sunshine state.

    I love you.💕 💕 Aunt Clara and miss you, I’m so lucky to have you for an Aunt. My prayers are with you Rusty, Penny and Mitzi. …hugs passed on to each of you from me.😊 ♡

    Love, Mary Green.

  6. Donna Dowdy says:

    Penny and Randy,
    Praying for your family during this time. What a sweet woman of God. Such a precious testimony of her life.
    We love you both,
    RL and Donna Dowdy

  7. Ed & Robin Lawson says:

    Dear Penny, Sandy, Mitzi and Rusty
    We are so very sorry to have received the news about your Mother’s passing.
    She was such a blessing to everyone she met.
    May God bless you in your time of sorrow.

  8. Mike and Brenda Foster says:

    Penny and Randy,
    We are saddened by the news of the loss of your mother. May the memories and blessings you shared with her comfort you. God Bless you, and your family!

  9. Jeanne Mitchell says:

    Penny and family. My deepest condolences in the loss of your mother. She was one of the sweetest persons I have ever met. God Bless you and your family during this difficult time!

  10. Ira Anthony says:


    I am very sorry to hear of your Mother’s passing. May the memories of your Mother bring you and your family comfort. Praying for you and your family.

  11. Boyd Family says:

    McGill Family

    . . .while words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, I hope the words here offer some comfort 2 Thessalonians 2:16,17 ” may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm”.

    Boyd Family

  12. Linda Coward Douglas says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your family was so blessed to have such a wonderful matriarch for so long, and my family was blessed to have had your family as neighbors for so many years. Your mom and mine were so good to watch out for one another after our fathers passed away. I always felt blessed that they were such good friends. Your family will be in my prayers as you face the difficult days ahead.
    Linda Coward Douglas

  13. Molly Hyatt says:

    So sorry for your loss. I loved your mom. So true, she never met a stranger! I loved her stories. Deepest sympathy from Dave and Mary Heimbaugh also.

  14. David Roberts says:

    Dear Rusty, Penny, Mitzi, Sandy and family:
    I am sorry that I was out of town and didn’t get to come and see all of you. Your mother was a wonderful and kind lady. I always enjoyed seeing her. I know that you guys will miss her. Your family is in my thoughts and my prayers. David Roberts

  15. Libby Burton says:

    Hoping kind friends and loving memories comfort you and your family during this difficult time. Sorry for your loss.

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