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Berry Highland Memorial

5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Charlotte Ann Rackley

December 18, 1933October 23, 2019
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Charlotte Ann Rackley, 85, currently of Morgantown, WV, and formerly of Knoxville and Chattanooga, TN, passed away Wednesday morning, October 23, 2019 at Sundale Nursing Home in Morgantown. Born December 18, 1933 in Chattanooga, she was a daughter of the late Frank John and Clara Rose Roth.

She is survived by her son, Russell Jay Rackley and wife Angelia Bradford of Morgantown; granddaughters Emily Ann and Ashley Marie Rackley of Morgantown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. Rackley, and her siblings Frank John Roth, Jr., George Sterling Roth and Nickie Emil Roth.

Charlotte graduated from Chattanooga High School and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA. She taught Elementary Education in Atlanta for several years, and then along with her husband owned and operated the Picture Frame Barn in Knoxville for some 20 years, finally retiring from this business in 1988.

She loved to care for all living things, particularly animals and flowers and she worked in the Habit Program for 10yr. She played competitive tennis for 17 years, playing in Knoxville and across the South and served as team captain leading to runner-up in national championship in Tucson, AZ in 1994.

Her best friend for over 30 years was Dale J. Rivers. And, Charlotte and Jay were very grateful for the 10 years they spent with Lauren and Kristen Romano of Birmingham, AL.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in her memory to the Humane Society of Tennessee Valley, 6717 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919 or through their website, s://humanesocietytennessee.org.

A service honoring her life and legacy will be held Nov. 2, 11am, at Berry Highland Memorial, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville TN. Condolences may be left at www.berryhighlandmemorial.com

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, November 2, 2019

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Terri Senoff Jacobson

November 30, 2019

Mrs. Rackley was my 3rd-grade teacher, and she was one of the influential teachers I modeled my own teaching from. I've been a classroom teacher for over 20 years and currently work with high school teens on college admission. Mrs. Rackley was instrumental in my own quest for knowledge.

I developed a love for poetry in her class as we read Robert Frost together. She read to us every day after lunch - mostly I remember The Boxcar Children and Charlotte's Web. She introduced African playground games and put me in the highest reading group. She was fun, smiled broadly, and loved children. I know she loved me too, because she understood what I, as an 8-year-old, loved most: reading and cats. She even commented about it on my report card!

I've thought about her a lot through the years, read to my own children and students as she did and became an English teacher because I loved the way language made me feel. Mrs. Rackley helped instill my passions as a little girl and gave me hope that I could grow up and do anything I wanted.

I often wonder if I have impacted my former students in some positive way and hope one day, they let me know. I only wish I'd shared my tribute that much earlier with you, Charlotte Rackley's family.

My condolences for your loss,

Terri Senoff Jacobson

Bette Krier

November 5, 2019

I will cherish my memories of Charlotte in her red, white, and blue, and the fun of being on tennis teams with her. And, Jay was the team's biggest fan.

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