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Joan Arlene Comer

August 27, 1934 - September 30, 2023

Service Date October 3, 2023

A service will be held to celebrate Joan’s life on Tuesday, October 3rd at their home church, Hickory Valley Baptist Church at 3920 W. Lamar Alexander Parkway, Friendsville, Tennessee with Rev. Charlie Carpenter officiating. A viewing for friends and family will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a celebration of life service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pregnancy Resource Center in Maryville Tennessee.

‘You’ve fought your fight and your race is run. The pain is a million miles away. Hallelujah!’
(Casting Crowns, Scars in Heaven)

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Home at last. On Saturday, September 30, 2023, Joan Arlene Comer, loving wife, and mother of three children went home to be with Jesus at the age of 89. She was born on August 27, 1934, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mrs. Comer was a dedicated Christian school kindergarten teacher for 17 years. She retired with her husband to Maryville, Tennessee in 2003.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, DeVon Eugene (Gene) Comer of Lenoir City, Tennessee along with three children, Cynthia and (Scott) Haines of Tucson, Arizona, Bonnie and (Bruce) Skolfield of Friendsville, Tennessee, and Charles and (Rebecca) Comer of Almond, New York, 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by her parents, Ruth and Charles Carmitchel of Mentor, Ohio.

Always active in their local church, Joan and Gene also spent many years as part of a gospel quartet, the Humble Heirs, while living in Ohio and as Christian school teachers while living in Danbury, Connecticut. More recently, they spent their retirement years serving God in their church, Hickory Valley Baptist Church in Friendsville, Tennessee, being a part of their church’s jail ministry, and volunteering in local nursing homes. In 2016, they received the volunteer of the year award for their dedication to having services and sharing their love of Christ with folks in two Maryville, Tennessee nursing homes.