Toni Willison

Toni Leann Willison, 48, of Townsend, Tenn., formerly of Ipava, died Feb. 22, 2009.

She was born Sept. 24, 1960, a daughter of Arlan Willison and Emmalou Tyler Willison.

Surviving are life partner, Michele Messinger of Townsend; her mother, Emmalou Willison of Townsend; her father, Arlan Willison of Ipava; one brother, Wendell (and Pam) Willison of Ipava; two sisters, Tracey Hager of Colorado and Tari Ridings of Illinois; special friend, Cathy Harrelson; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Teresa Willison; and two infant brothers.

She was co-owner of the Strawberry Patch Inn in Townsend.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Trinity Chapel. Visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday at the chapel. Smith Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Maryville is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Ipava, with Pastor Kevin Kessler officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services. Inurnment will be in Ipava Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 S. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 2/25/2009