Barbara Faye DeLay Sliger, formerly of Madisonville, passed away on Feb. 1, 2019, at UT Medical Center, from complications following a traumatic brain injury.
Born in Woodbury, Tenn., to Sam and Erlene DeLay on Dec. 30, 1940, Faye lived in Middle Tennessee in Milton until the family moved to Chattanooga for her father to work for the National Weather Service. A graduate of Tyner High School, Faye earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Science from the University of Tennessee. Early in her career she was a UT Extension Service home economist, serving first Polk County, then Hamilton County, where she hosted the TV show Dilly Dally with Faye DeLay.
Upon marriage to Robert (Bob) L. Sliger in 1969, she taught home economics at Hiwassee College in Madisonville. After the birth of their daughter, she taught the 2-year-old preschool class at the Children’s House in Madisonville, for 31 years until her retirement.
Faye was a member of the Madisonville Church of Christ, and an active member of the community. A member of the Rhea Craig Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution since 1984, she held many chapter offices, including that of Chapter Regent and was currently serving as Honorary Chapter Regent, as well as the Tennessee Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Tennessee History Chair, at the time of her death.
She was an accomplished seamstress and gardener, avid reader, gifted artist, and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandsons. She truly embodied Ecclesiastes 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.”
She was 78 years old.
Preceded in death by: her parents, Sam and Erlene Delay; her twin infant daughters, Barbara LeeAnn and Sally DeeAnn.
Survivors include: her husband of 49 years, Robert L. Sliger of Kingsport;
Daughter, Cecile Sliger Wimberley and son-in-law, Matthew Hall Wimberley of Kingsport;
Grandsons, Michael and Matthew;
Brothers, Joe (Kay) DeLay of Henderson, Sam (Sarah) DeLay of Chattanooga;
Nieces, Daphne (Eric) Dickenson of Birmingham, Ala., Katie Delay of Chattanooga;
Nephew, Joseph DeLay of Chattanooga;
Great-nephews, Cole and Spenser Dickenson.
The family received friends from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at Kyker’s Funeral Home in Sweetwater. Service followed at 5 p.m. in the Chapel, with Ministers Jay Cline and Bob Hawk officiating. Interment was held at 1 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Milton Cemetery in Milton, Tenn.
To honor her love of reading and sharing that love with children, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sweetwater Education Foundation for the Monroe County Dolly Parton Imagination Library in care of Jane Yates, 108 Sloan Street West, Madisonville, TN 37354.
Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater, is in charge of arrangements. www.kykerfuneralhomes.com