Dee Ann (Allen) Hook

May 31, 1945April 14, 2021

Dee Ann Allen Hook age 75 of Greeneville passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at home.

She was born in Memphis and graduated at South Side High School. She began her medical training at Baptist Hospital, Memphis School of X-Ray Technology. (It was at Baptist that she was to meet a newly discharged Navy Medic and they were to become loving soul mates for the next 54 years). She went on to complete her training at U.T. School of Nursing in Memphis and Knoxville. She loved nursing, but her true passion was the love and care of her patients. Dee served over 30 years at Baptist, Methodist (Memphis) Laughlin and Takoma Hospitals (her favorite assignments were always in the E.R.)

Dee loved everything about Mother Nature, especially all critters, flowers, birds and honey bees. She was an ardent walker, hiker and had hiked many trails in the Smokies. She and her husband also had a deep love of old timey, 1860s era log cabins .They reclaimed and restored several cabins in West and East Tennessee. For several years, they lived the “Mother Earth” lifestyle in a cabin in the Parrottsville countryside. Here she learned the art of white oak splits weaving of chairs and baskets and restoring golden oak period furniture. Theirs was a simple back to the earth living in the tradition of “the little ole log cabin on the hill.”

Dee grew into a deep love of honeybees. She, the honeybees and her husband “put up” many golden jars of honey over the years, sharing them with friends and neighbors. She would ask folks to leave a patch of flowers and wildness in their yards for the bees, and to spray less! Her favorite pastime was to visit the beeyard at sunset. For which her husband penned the following lines: “I’m going out to see the little honeybees. I’ll only stop to listen to the hive buzz and check to see how the little Queen does. I shan’t be gone long, you come too.”

There is little doubt that when she arrives in heaven, the Lord will tell St. Peter to have a strong hive ready for her, so she can continue to enjoy her favorite pastime.

Dee and family would like to send a deep thank you and appreciation to all of the Doctors, nurses, aides and caregivers who gave their time, effort and love to her during her courageous battle with her terrible cancer. A sincere thank you to all.

Preceding her in passing were her parents Hazel (Johnson) Allen and Harry Allen. Many aunts and uncles, especially her favorite Ethel (Sister) Caldwell and Dixie Johnson.

Her survivors include her husband Jerry. Two sisters, Betty Acree and Bonnie Tranum (Vernon) and nieces Coeita Gallager and Lisa Benson (Bob) and Elizabeth Dickey (Mark). In addition, she came to love her many in-laws in her extended family. Two, Shirley (Hook) and James Turley became another sister/brother to her. Her many friends in Memphis, Greeneville, Murfreesboro, Parrottsville, Afton and Paducah, Kentucky and elsewhere, were loved deeply and greatly appreciated. (Too many to list, lest some be omitted.) May you know you are in our hearts and on our minds and truly loved.

Other in laws she loved and greeted as family included Danny Hook (Diane), Betty (Hook) Hite, Carolyn Wiese and Amy Bomire.

There will be an informal visitation from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home on the Asheville Highway.

A graveside service will be held at 2 pm in Greenelawn Memory Gardens with Rev. John McPheron officiating. In case of rain the service will be in the Mausoleum. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery at 1:45 pm for the service.

Due to COVID-19, those attending either the visitation or the graveside are asked to please, wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Kiser Rose Hill Funeral Home 125 Idletime Drive, Greeneville, TN, 37743 423-636-8007


  • Jerry Hook, Husband
  • Betty Acree, Sister
  • Bonnie Tranum, Sister
  • Coeita Gallager, Niece
  • Lisa Benson (Bob), Niece
  • Elizabeth Dickey (Mark), Niece
  • Shirley Hook Turley (James), Sister
  • Danny Hook (Diane), Brother-in-law
  • Betty Hook Hite, Sister-in-law
  • Carolyn Wiese, In Law
  • Amy Bomire, In Law


  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, April 17, 2021


Dee Ann (Allen) Hook

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Mary Lee Fields

April 20, 2021

Mr. Hook - so very sorry about your loss. My prayers are with you. Take care.

Tammy Klepper

April 19, 2021

Jerry, I’m deeply saddened to hear of Dee’s passing. What a beautifully written tribute to her memory. She was such a caring, sweet, beautiful woman and will be greatly missed. Much love and prayers for you and your family.

Karen and Ervin Brown

April 17, 2021

Jerry, We were sad to hear of your wife’s passing. We will be praying for you in the days ahead. May God give you peace and comfort. Thanks for the friendship you have shown my parents, the McKinneys.

Lorraine Desormeaux

April 17, 2021

Jerry I am so sorry that Dee had to leave this earth for God's majesty. I will always remember the fun time we had at Dodie's during the Christmas holiday. Dee was a sweet lady and she has touched many lives while on this earth. God Bless you and stay in God's hands for comfort. Love Lorraine (Rainy) Desormeaux

J Mark & Barbara McKinney

April 17, 2021

Jerry, We send our deepest sympathies at this time of loss. We sincerely appreciate the friendly chats we have had with you on Romans Drive and for the many kindnesses you have exhibited towards our family. God Bless and keep you. We look forward to a better day in heaven and the earth made new.

Ginny Buffaloe

April 17, 2021

I will always remember Dee Ann for her caring & sweetness. She was truly an earth mother who loved all things nature & animals. I've known Dee Ann & Jerry since the 60s when we were "youngins" & camping out in tents. I'll see you again, Dee Ann.

Mike Smithson

April 17, 2021

Good memories staying in their home,visiting cades cove and their bears, places around Greenville, the St. Louis arch to the top , the irish pub in belleville , I’ll. An Irish band playing Rocky Top just for Jerry and Dee. Marilyn and my wedding in belleville. Memories bouncing through my mind. How sweet. They are each very special to us.

Carolyn Wiese

April 16, 2021

I was privileged to know Dee Ann for over fifty years as a sister-in-law, a confidant, a strong shoulder with a ready ear, and always a true friend. If you knew her, you loved her - it was that simple. She kept her home comfortable, and had a gift for making people welcome. It was a joy to arrive there, and so hard to leave. The memories are many - Christmas at the cabin, hiking, flea markets, hunting mistletoe, her love of honeybees and hummingbirds, and more. She will be missed by so many, but she left us all some wonderful memories to cherish. We love you, sweet lady. Rest in peace.

Keri Hurd

April 16, 2021

Dear Heavenly Father,

Please welcome this wonderful lady into your heavenly kingdom.
She was truly one of the biggest blessings in my life. From the very beginning, she was my champion. She always made me feel loved and cherished.
She stood against a particular family member who didn’t care for my addition to the family, and she did so with her particular style and quiet dignity. I’ll always be grateful.
She’s responsible for some of my favorite childhood memories.
The first Christmas at the cabin when we decided the
outhouse deserved a classier name. It was way more fun to say we were visiting Pee-air Twallette! And I can still remember her standing in front of the big wood burning stove cooking for all of us, even though she said it was just a way for her to keep warm.
The flat tire on the station wagon. Dissolving in giggles when she made fun of the mechanics southern accent despite my moms disapproval . Because we all know her accent was wider than any river!
Her selfless love when she took care of my precious Friskey until we could bring her to a new home that would let us have a dog, then giving her back to me even though it broke her heart.
Her generosity, loyalty and love were natural, never faked.
Please grant her peace, and reward her for all her earthly deeds

In Your name we pray. Amen
From your niece Keri

Diane Hook

April 16, 2021

Dee Ann was a courageous lady weather hiking, facing incredible odds or fighting her battle with cancer. She and Jerry were an incredible example of love one to another.