Billie Jean Jenkins Scruggs, of Madisonville, widow of Amos Carleton Scruggs, passed away at 9:50 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Sweetwater Hospital.

A lifelong resident of Madisonville, she was born on March 6, 1929. On July 9, 1949, she married Carleton Scruggs. Billie and Carleton shared a love of music, and enjoyed spending time on their beloved farm.

After graduating from Madisonville High School, Billie earned degrees from Hiwassee College and the University of Tennessee (Class of 1962). A well-known educator in Monroe County, Billie taught at Notchey Creek Elementary School, Gudger Elementary School, and Madisonville Elementary School. Most notably, Billie was involved in developing and teaching of the first Head Start Summer program in Monroe County. She later served as the Chapter I consulting teacher in the county. At retirement, she had served a total of 42 years in education.

As a member of Chestua Methodist Church, she taught Sunday School for a number of years.

She was 90 years old.

Preceded in death by: her parents, Arthur Fairfax Jenkins Sr. and Lillie Giles Jenkins; siblings, Addie Atkins, Blanche Jenkins, Arthur Fairfax (A.F.) Jenkins Jr., Grace Jenkins, Merle Luther, Lowell Jenkins; nephew, Gerald Mack Jenkins; niece, Nowoka Trammell; great-niece, Lisa Joines; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Bob Denton, Earl and Wilma Scruggs, Tommy and Blanche Scruggs, Charlotte and Randy Lee; nephew, Dalen Lee; niece, Jane Denton.

Survivors include: her daughter, Sheree Lou, of Madisonville and Tri-Cities;

Numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Special thanks to the staff at Wood Presbyterian Home, and to Dr. Chris Shamblin, the staff of Sweetwater Hospital, and her special caregivers.

The family received friends from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Madisonville, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Chestua Methodist Church. The funeral service was held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the First Baptist Church of Madisonville, with Pastor Wayne Hickman officiating. Entombment was at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Chestua Baptist Cemetery.

Arrangements by Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville.

Memorials may be made to Chestua Baptist Cemetery Fund, Chestua Methodist Church, Monroe County Retired Teachers Association, Hiwassee College or U.T. Alumni Fund.