Lem Samuel "Sam" Hickey age 80, of Smithville passed away Thursday December 26, 2019 at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro. He was born January 5, 1939 to his parents, the late James Samuel and Alma Lillian Coleman Hickey. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Charlie, Johnny, Columbus, and Eugene Hickey; sisters, Erma Johnson, and Geneva Garwood; step-son, Donald Ray Veers. Mr. Hickey did drywall having worked for and with several local contractors. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Hickey of Smithville; 4 children, Edward (Beth) Hickey of Lebanon, Danita (George) Henry, Lisa (Charles) Allen, and Rita (Randy) Graham all of Cookeville; step-son, Greg Veers of Baxter. grandchildren, Tausha Grady, Bryan Norrod, Alan Hickey, Sean Hickey, Nicole (Coley) Bean, Ethan Henry, Emily Allen, Heather Nixon, Abbie Rachel Allen; step-grandchildren, Kristen Veers, Destinee Santizo, and Chelsey Stewart; special great-grandchild, Christian Baltazar Santizo; 5 great-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren; brother, Donnie (Betty) Hickey; sisters, Dorthy Allen, Rosa Garwood, Clara Fox, Annie (Jessie) Flatt, and Joyce Byrd. Funeral services will be Sunday December 29, 2019 at 1:00PM at DeKalb Funeral Chapel with Bro. Darren Kinzer and Bro. Bryan Hickey officiating and burial to follow in the Hickey Family Cemetery in Putman County. Visitation will be Saturday 2:PM until 8:PM and Sunday 10:AM until the time of the service at 1:PM. DeKalb Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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