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Bessie L. (Seal) Greene

June 9, 1931 ~ June 6, 2021 (age 89)


Bessie Lee (Seal) Greene “Phoebe”, of Sneedville, departed this life Sunday, June 6, 2021.  She was born on June 9, 1931 to Robert H. & Bessie Lee Seal.  She was saved at an early age and joined Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church, being a member there for many years, then joined Trent Valley Baptist Church where her husband, Tillman Greene Jr. was a member. Then, returned to Cedar Grove, where she remained a member until departing this life.  She was a very devoted member of her church and during this pandemic, unable to go, she longed to be able to get back more than anything.  Most all who knew her called her by her lifelong nickname of Phoebe. She waited to marry until in her early 40’s, when she married a farmer, Tillman Greene Jr.  They worked side by side on their farm raising cattle, hay, corn and big gardens.  She harvested and canned lots of vegetables for many years.  For several years, she sang at funerals with The Clinch River Quartet, all who have preceded her in death.  She was a source of spiritual inspiration and guidance to her church, family and friends.  She worked for Sneedville Furniture & Electric for several years as bookkeeper, then later at the Hancock County Extension Office as secretary/bookkeeper, retiring from there.  She was preceded in death by her parents, R.H. & Bessie Lee Seal; siblings, Joseph Clay Seal, Allen H. Seal, LeNelle (Jane) Greene & Thelma Winstead; nephews, David Winstead & Maurice Greene; great nephew, Colby Winstead and husband, Tillman Greene Jr.


She is survived by;

Brother; Clem (Lois) Seal of Sneedville

Sister; Elizabeth (Bill) Trent of Knoxville

Sister-in-law; Edith M. Seal of Treadway

Nieces; Sandra (Seal) Voyles of Indiana, Saundra (Trent) Simonds of Knoxville and Linda (Winstead) Wylie of Sneedville

Nephews; Robert Winstead of Morristown, Elton Greene & Billy C. Trent of Knoxville

Great-Nephew; Nathan Yount

Special Friends; Rebecca Layman of Tellico Plains and Dale & Janet Seal of Sneedville

Cousin; Maxine (Toots) Anderson

The family wishes to thank the staff of Hancock Manor for their loving care and Dr. John Short


Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at the McNeil Funeral Home Chapel

Rev. Bob Davis officiating

Interment will follow in the Greene Cemetery

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 P.M. on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at the McNeil Funeral Home


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in her memory.  C/O Nathan Yount, P.O. Box 540, Sneedville, Tn. 37869


Online condolences can be made at www.mcneilfuneralhome.com


McNeil Funeral Home in Sneedville in charge of arrangements

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June 8, 2021

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

Funeral Service
June 9, 2021

2:00 PM
McNeil Funeral Home
124 Church St. P.O. Box 127
Sneedville, TN 37869

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