Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Jouett Arney, age 94, of Alpine will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, January 14, 2023, from the chapel of Speck Funeral Home. Bro. David Beaty will officiate. Burial to follow in the Overton County Memorial Gardens. The family will welcome friends on Saturday from 12 noon until time of services.
Mrs. Arney passed from this life on Tuesday evening, January 10, 2023, from the Overton County Health and Rehab. She was born at home in Pickett County, Tennessee on October 16, 1928, to the late John and Bessie Parrott Jouett. Mildred was well-known in and around the Alpine Community and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was often referred to as "the hardest working woman I ever saw".
In addition to full-time work at the Livingston Shirt Factory and later the Livingston Box Factory, Mildred spent long hours putting out a big garden, canning and freezing its yield, working at whatever needed doing on the farm, and never missing one of her boys' ballgames. In later years, she worked on the family's Christmas tree farm and made sure Lowell and Kenderick knew what needed to be done at all times.
She cooked for any and every event at the Alpine Presbyterian Church, where she was a member for many years and the Alpine gym fundraisers, was one of the primary hush puppy cooks for the Alpine Fire Department fish fry events and helped as an election worker from the time she retired until she was almost 90 years old.
Also at age 90, she still mowed her yard on a riding lawn mower. Mildred and her neighbor Betty Lou frequently got out to work around the farm. Mildred with one hand on her walking cane and the other picking up sticks. Hers was a life of sacrifice and a life well lived.
Mildred leaves behind her sons, Lowell Arney and wife Susan of Livingston, TN, and Kenderick Arney and wife Beverly of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren, Emily Arney Courtney and husband Jerry of Purcellville, VA, and Ashley Arney Brock and husband Logan of Kennesaw, GA; great grandsons, Hudson and Brooks Courtney and Noah Brock; brother, Louis Jouett and wife Judy of Manchester, TN; best friend and neighbor, Betty Lou Collins.
In addition to her parents, Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth D. Arney, and sister, Philena Blankenship.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Christ Church Presbyterian Church or the Alpine Fire Department.
Pallbearers are Jerry Courtney, Logan Brock, Dustin Collins, Michael Wilson, Steve Bournes, and Ed Carter.