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Sue Lavoy (Hoots) Kiningham

March 29, 1924 ~ April 12, 2022 (age 98)


Sue Hoots Kiningham passed away April 12, 2022 at the beautiful age of 98 surrounded by her loving family at Franklin Manor in Winchester. 

Sue was born March 29, 1924 to the late Roy and Bessie Hoots. She is preceded in death by her husband Tommy Kiningham, sister Virginia Hoots Smith, and niece and nephew Donna Sue and Dale Gulley.

She leaves behind a niece Dale Hinshaw, nephew Danny (Jane) Smith, great-nieces Cindy(Stan) Henn, Dara (Barry) Lamb, Karen Smith Michael great-nephew Marty (Marilyn) Gulley,  Dace Hinshaw, great-great nieces Lauren Gulley, Morgan (Ben) Draper, Rachel (Andrew) Shields, Demi Binkley, Kylea Michael and Jamie Michael, great-great nephews Ryan (Jessica) Henn, Jordan (Jihan) Gulley, Drake Binkley, Jude Glassco and three great-great-great nieces Lennon Draper, Leigha Kate and Lainey Henn, and four great-great-great-nephews Walter Draper, Baylor Shields, Luke McGinnis, Elias Gulley

"Baby Sue," as her family called her, was never blessed with children of her own, so she looked to her nieces and nephews as her children. There was a great bond with each of them.

She was a member of the Cowan Cumberland Presbyterian Church since 1943, and she loved her church family.  In her earlier years, she served as Sunday school teacher, Elder, and served on various committees.  She always spoke of how she loved teaching and interacting with the youth and how much joy it brought her to be able to share her love for Jesus with them. She never wavered in her Christian faith and loved sharing it with others.

She had a love for sports and was a Tennessee Titan fan through and through and loyally followed them each season. Four years ago, Channel 2 showcased a feature story on her and how at, then, 94 years old, Sue cheered on the Titans. She loved seeing herself on TV!

Formerly, she was a licensed cosmetologist, and she worked as a floral designer for many years with the Vanderbilt family of Cowan. She worked with Dr. Elkins Sr., for several years.  Sue would laugh at the times she was called to fill in on various jobs because since she had no children, local businesses who needed extra help found she was one that could always fill in at the drop of a hat! One day she found herself working as a principal at the local elementary school, which she had no experience at all, but they needed her, and she went.

Sue’s mind was very keen until recently, and she found joy in being called upon for historical information needed in the Winchester area as she grew up in downtown she was very familiar with all businesses of long ago and had so many fond memories and stories of interest.

Most of all, "Baby Sue" loved spending time with her family and her fondest times were when they were together for family celebrations. She loved to dance and found the family-time dancing to be great fun. She was already teaching the great -great -great niece how to spin and twirl just this past Christmas.  

Ecclesiastes 3:4  it says  there is - A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. We know that Baby Sue is laughing and dancing now and she was so blessed with a wonderful life of 98 years. 

Spending her last few years as a resident of Franklin Manor, her family would like to thank the caregivers for the love and care given.   Also, thank you to Compasus for their great care.

The family will receive friends on Saturday April 16, 2022 between the hours of 12 and 2 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Roy B. Watson Chapel of Watson-North Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to

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April 16, 2022

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Watson-North FuneralHome
405 Sharp Springs Road
Winchester, TN 37398

Funeral Service
April 16, 2022

2:00 PM
Roy B. Watson Chapel (Watson - North Memorial Park)


Cowan Montgomery Cemetery

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