Kay Irene Langford Steele, age 83, entered into Heavenly peace and rest on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in the loving arms of her daughter, Penny, in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Kay was born in Sweetwater, Tennessee, and lived most of her life in Madisonville, Tennessee. She was a member of Hopewell Springs Baptist Church.

She retired from Vonore Elementary School after many years of service. She loved and cared about the students she was given the opportunity to work with.

Kay was a strong woman of faith, a loving and dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, a loving sister, and a friend to all. She loved to encourage and lift others up. She always saw the best in everyone.

Kay was preceded in death by: her loving husband of over 50 plus years, James Roscoe Steele; two beautiful daughters, Robin Elaine Steele and Donna Kay Steele Herington; her mother, Mamie Chestine Stevenson Hitson; her father, John Jesse Langford; her stepfather, Howard Hitson; sisters, Jessie Mae Langford Miller, and Idea Louise Hitson; brothers, Virgal Lee Hitson, Samuel Lafette Hitson, and John Franklin Hitson; sisters-in-law, Ruth Watson, Ruby Bledsoe, Vina Sue Kirkland, and Joyce Steele; brothers-in-law, Ross Steele, George (Dick) Miller, Ronnie (Red) McCulloch, Kenneth True, Jim Kirkland and Sam Boone; and special niece and nephew, Misty Kirkland Cook and Marty Kirkland.

Kay is survived by: her daughter and son-in-law, Penny Steele Crocker and Mark Crocker, of Jonesborough, Tennessee;

Grandchildren, James (Amy) Herington, Noah (Kaysi), of Jonesborough, Elijah (Chanel), of Ontario Canada, and Mariah (Nathan) Hsaio, of Dallas, Texas;

Five great-grandchildren, James Tobias, Miles Paul, and Laurel Hope Herington, and Aiden Lane and Owen Steele Hsaio;

Extended family and lifelong friend, Charles Arthur Hitson, of Sweetwater;

Brother and sister-in-law, James (Jack) and Judy Hitson, of Brentwood, Tennessee;

Sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Glenn Sledge, of Sweetwater;

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sandi Boone, Bobby and Yvonne Steele, Tom and Leslie Steele, all of Madisonville, Carolyn Hitson, Joyce Conrad, of Sweetwater, Gloria Leslie, of Madisonville, and Joann Hester, of Savannah, Georgia;

Special friends she held dear, JD and Anna Lee Jones, Nadene Kyle, and Marsha Standridge;

Numerous nieces and nephews, who loved her dearly.

The family received friends from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, at Biereley-Hale Funeral Home in Madisonville. A graveside service and interment followed at 4 p.m. in Hopewell Springs Cemetery with Rev. Doug Alexander officiating.

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