Hassie Evelyn Halley

September 16, 1923April 15, 2018
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Hassie Williford Stephens Halley age 94 of Heiskell, left to be with her Lord on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Hassie was a faithful member of Bishopville Baptist Church. A wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. Foster mother to many children throughout her beautiful life. She was known for her love of “All things crafts” and her sweet Godly spirit. She will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. Preceded in death by husbands, Louie M. Stephens and Jake Halley; son, Herman Stephens; parents, Jacob and Lydia Williford; 5 brothers and 3 sisters. Survived by daughter, Betty (Wayne) Davis; grandchildren, Paul (Paula) Stephens, Angela (Terry) Pate, Sharon (David) Dancy and Kelly Sipen; 12 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; special niece, Judy Reno. The family will receive friends 6-8 pm Tuesday at Weaver’s Chapel with the service to follow at 8 pm. Reverends Phil Poe and Michael Parsley officiating. Family and friends will meet at 1:45 pm Wednesday at New Gray Cemetery for a 2 pm interment. Condolences may be left at


  • Visitation Tuesday, April 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hassie Evelyn Halley

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Misty Dixon

April 16, 2018

so sry for ur loss she was a wonderful woman...prayers for all the family



Hassie Evelyn Halley was a modest woman, quiet and observant in her ways. She was trustworthy and traditional in her approach to her life and in her relationships. She was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew her. She was also a woman who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything she undertook. Realistic about life, she was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       Her parents were Jacob and Lydia Williford. Hassie was born in Claiborne County and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve her well throughout her life.

      Growing up in the Williford household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Hassie was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and she was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Hassie was raised with eight siblings. She had one older sister, Clearsie; five older brothers, Paris, Hobie, Elzy, Roy and Keet; two younger sisters, Lizzie and Millie. Hassie was constantly involved in activities with her brothers and sisters. Hassie and her siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Hassie was always consistently loyal to her family.

      As a young child, Hassie was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. She wasn’t pushy and never forced her way into games or other activities. Hassie developed a variety of interests, though, and the things she enjoyed doing she did well. She was always curious about the world around her and was often eager to explore it. In her spare time she liked piecing quilts and embroidery.

      Always considered to be a solid friend, Hassie was fortunate to have numerous acquaintances and several very close friends during her life. Since she disliked making generalizations about people and preferred to draw her own conclusions based on direct observation, Hassie was able to see beneath the surface of relationships and became a true friend to those who knew her. She was committed to her friends and valued the trust she placed in them. It was not uncommon for Hassie to go beyond the call of duty for others, and friends frequently sought her out for advice because she had a knack for coming up with practical solutions to any type of dilemma. While growing up, some of her best friends were Georgia Lay, Charles Carr and Freddie Sisson. Later in life, she became friends with Lena Tyler and Jeanette Mantooth.

      On June 7, 1943 Hassie exchanged wedding vows with Louie Madison Stephens and then in 1990 Hassie married Jake Webster Halley at the court house of Knoxville. Compassionate and devoted to Jake, Hassie held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. She took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it her total commitment. She was a source of strength to Jake and using her gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, she worked hard to make her new family happy.

      Hassie brought the same traditional values in her marriage to bear on how she raised her children. She was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in her dealings. She would always listen carefully and think things through before she acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Hassie was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Hassie was blessed with two children, one son, Herman Logan and one daughter, Betty Lou. They were also blessed with four grandchildren, Paul, Angela, Sharon and Kelly.

      Hassie greatly enjoyed what she did for a living. She was a hard worker who expected the same in return from her co-workers. She was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Hassie enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Hassie was excellent at meeting deadlines. She was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. Her primary occupation was Therapeutic Program Worker. She was employed for 20 years at Gallipolis Development Center. Hassie worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Hassie liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into her hobbies, where she was very methodical in how she organized her activities and categorized things. Since she enjoyed her private time, Hassie always tried to allocate a specific time for working on her hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were crocheting, sewing and almost anything to do with crafts. Hassie was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Hassie found pleasure in sports. Tops on her list to watch were the Cincinnati Reds.

      As a woman who always showed great commitment to the things she believed in, it’s little wonder that Hassie was so active in her community. Being practical and mentally disciplined, Hassie preferred to base her decisions on first-hand experiences. Hassie was never afraid to roll up her sleeves and dig right in. Hassie was a member of several community groups, including serving on committees for the P.T.A. and Brownie Scout Leader.

      Hassie was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member at Ball Road Baptist Church for 25 years and then at Bishopville Baptist Church for 20 years. During that time, she taught Sunday school. She was a sympathetic woman who valued her beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Hassie enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since she was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Hassie appeared effortless. Favorite vacations included going to Florida every winter with Jake.

      Hassie was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Two of Hassie’s favorites were Queenie, a short haired fox Terrier and Snowball, a big white cat. She was best friends with Queenie about 12 years and Snowball about 2 years.

      When Hassie’s retirement finally arrived in 1990, she was well prepared. She always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things she knew, so she was very confident in planning her retirement. She had begun the process early and had her retirement all laid out well in advance. Her new life involved staying in Tennessee. Even in retirement, Hassie continued to stay in touch with her old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. She was active in her new community and felt fulfilled.

      Hassie Evelyn Halley passed away on April 15, 2018 at her home due to congestive heart failure. Services were held at Weaver Funeral Home in Knoxville. Hassie was laid to rest in New Gray Cemetery in Knoxville.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Hassie Evelyn Halley. She was committed to living the life of a good woman who was both practical and trustworthy. She was committed to the traditional values that she upheld her entire life. She committed herself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around her. Most of all, she was committed to those she knew and loved.