Sharon Rachels (7-24-19) service 7-27-19
Sharon Irene Warden Rachels, 80, of Savannah, died on Wednesday, July 24
She was born in Granite City, Illinois, the daughter of the late Melvin Tedrow and Irene Elizabeth Fisher Warden. She was united in marriage to Billy Joe “BJ” Rachels, who preceded her in death.
She was a member of Savannah Church of Christ.
Mrs. Rachels worked as the manager and secretary for family-owned businesses, West Tennessee Plan Room and BJ Rachels Professional Estimating Services from June 26, 1976 until sometime in 1998—more than 22 years. She work for the school system in Shelby County for 12 years. Her move to Hardin County gave her new opportunities in education and she spent the next 20 years putting her Masters of Education from Trevecca Nazarene College to good use. She was a member of the National Education Association and held many leadership positions in the Girl Scouts of America.
She is survived by her daughters, Belinda Irene Stone of Jackson, Tennessee, Tina Marie Stivers and of Spring, Texas, Tinsel Dalne Dukes of Cordova, Tennessee, and Holly Elaine Hook of Bentonville, Arkansas; her eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and her sister, Marlene Joyce Buchheit of Lakeland, Florida.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters Melva Ilene Warden and Grace Marie Warden Callico.
Memorial donations may be made to Savannah Church of Christ Youth Group, 1175 Pickwick Street S., Savannah, Tenn. 38372 or Jackson Christian School, 832 Country Club Lane, Jackson, Tennessee 38305.
Services were held on Saturday, July 27, at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah with Jim Chamblee and Barry Binion officiating. Burial followed at Highland Memorial Gardens in Jackson, Tennessee.