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Ethel (Hensley) Sheffey

September 19, 1936 ~ December 10, 2023 (age 87) 87 Years Old
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Ethel Sheffey Obituary

Ethel Sheffey passed away on December 10, 2023, at her home in Robbinsville, NC. She was surrounded by loving family and friends, not only throughout her life, but especially during her final days.

Ethel was born September 19, 1936, to Burgess Gather and Winnie Elizabeth Sharp Hensley at the Hensley Cove settlement which was about a mile and half at the end of Poison Branch Road where the road forks to the left.

In 1953 she met her good friend Clarris Sheffey’s brother, George. George Sheffey returned to Milltown after being stationed in Germany where he served in the Army. At that chance meeting, George took one look at Ethel and knew she would one day be his wife. And that day came January 2, 1954. Their family started in March of 1955 when they welcomed the first of four children, Deborah Ellen. Ethel also graduated from Robbinsville High School that same year. In time, the family would include Larry Kent, Pamela Anell, and Kevin Burt.

Ethel worked briefly as a waitress at the Tapoco Lodge, and also at American Components Incorporated. But her real, and most satisfying work was being a stay-at-home mother, as well as a caregiver for her parents. George’s work at ALCOA took the family to Rhymer’s Ferry, Calderwood, and Tapoco, but the family eventually settled back in Robbinsville on Poison Branch, just miles from Ethel’s birthplace. 

In the late 1950s Ethel became acquainted with Jehovah’s Witnesses and began sharing in the ministry with Debbie, and the first of two sons, Kent. Ethel and her husband George were baptized on the same day in March 1999.

Ethel will always be remembered as a hard worker, a tireless caregiver, and the “best cheerleader” for her family. As a doting mother and grandmother, she could be counted on for babysitting, and granting “unusual” breakfast requests like “macaroni and cheese”.  Family members weren’t the only beneficiaries of Ethel’s kindness. Strangers openly shared their problems with Ethel, when they realized she was a compassionate listener. 

Ethel enjoyed life, and the rich experiences from traveling cross-country with her husband; with her sisters to Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove and Maple Springs; going on Caribbean cruises with family, children, and grandchildren; and enjoying outings closer to home like gem mining.

And whenever she could, she did not pass up an opportunity to share with any who would listen to the good news about God’s Kingdom and about Jehovah God.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, George Sheffey; daughter Deborah Ellen Sheffey Cable; son Larry Kent Sheffey; and sister, Sharon Elizabeth Hensley Harris.

She leaves to mourn a large and loving family:

Sisters, Anna Mae Hensley Wright, from Louisville, TN and her families.   Dorothy Lee Hensley Wiggins from Greenbrier, AR and her families.

Son-in-law, Dwayne Cable; Grandchildren, Julian “Brett” Cable; Austin Bryan Cable (girlfriend, Jeri-Ann Sullivan, great grandson, Lucas Dean Cable); Chandra Anell Cable (boyfriend, Sean Cooper); Alaina Afton Cable Miller (husband, James Miller; great grandson, Rowan Elias Miller).

Grandson Kendall Gather Sheffey (wife, Gabriela), great granddaughter, Lily Isabella Voyles; great grandchildren, Kendall Gabriel Sheffey; Summer Rose Sheffey; Granddaughter, Autumn Cheyenne Sheffey (and great grandchildren, Bentley Isaiah Sheffey, Kendra Rayne Sheffey, Sawyer Layne Sheffey, Delanie Layke Sheffey)

Daughter, Pamela Anell Sheffey Eller (husband, Travis); and grandchildren Laresia Tyne Eller, Lance Bradon Eller

Son, Kevin Burt Sheffey and grandson, Harry James “Jimmy” Verner (fiancé, Mackenzie).

And quite a few special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, whom she dearly loved!

Services will be held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 500 Maltby Road in Marble, NC on December 23, 2023, at 2pm.

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Memorial Service
December 23, 2023

2:00 PM
Kingdon Hall of Jehovah Witness
500 Maltby Road
Mable, NC 28905


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