Jessie "Polly" Pearl (Smith) Fox

March 2, 1925October 26, 2018
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Jessie Pearl “Polly” Smith Fox, age 93, of Morristown, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 26, 2018. She was a member of Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Preceding her in death was her husband, Carl Fox; parents, John and Nannie B Allison Smith; granddaughter, Tina Harman; great-granddaughter, Meranda Hubbard; daughter-in-law, Judy Fox; sons-in-law, James Wayne “Jimmy” Epps and Edward Leon Epps; sisters, Charlsie Fox and Irene Young; and brothers, Johnny and Alfred Smith. Survivors include her daughters, Janice (Brownie) Cody of Cosby, Wanda Faye Epps of Russellville, Mary Helen “Bobbie” Epps, Pamela (Tim) Standifer and Jennifer (Mitchell) Fox all of Morristown; sons, Sanford and Dale Fox of Morristown; brothers, James Harold Smith of Bybee and Winfred Smith of Morristown; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; special great-nephew and niece, Jason and Kasey Fox; and her church family. The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Stubblefield Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Church. Rev. James Seal and Rev. Ronald Winstead will officiate. Interment will follow in Bear Creek Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Stubblefield Funeral Home, Morristown, TN


  • Robert Cody, Active Pallbearer
  • Bryan Epps, Active Pallbearer
  • Adam Padgett, Active Pallbearer
  • Kyle Standifer, Active Pallbearer
  • David Musick, Active Pallbearer
  • Mark Musick, Active Pallbearer
  • Brad Cody, Honorary Pallbearer
  • Rex Satterfield, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation Sunday, October 28, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 29, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, October 29, 2018

Jessie "Polly" Pearl (Smith) Fox

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Carol Tucker Kelley

October 30, 2018

Prayers for the family.

Cecile Mae Bowlin

October 29, 2018

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Cecile Bowling

October 29, 2018

She was a great lady she will be missed I'm glad I got to see her and talked to her my daughter Nana took me to see her I love the time we had together I was a fox Cecile Mae fox

Debra Fox

October 28, 2018

My memories of my Aunt Polly and Uncle Carl's in Lowland Tn. In a big two story house, with a big front porch. When I would go there with my Dad. (Sam Fox ) this was the first place I ever heard live music, the men folk would be on front porch , picking banjos and guitars. I was too young to remember much but I remembered this. I loved going there. They even had a piano! May God bring the family comfort and peace. I always thought of y'all often . I'm only a call away... 423-353-5485.



“Seeing is believing.” For many, those words simply represent a motto. However, for Jessie Pearl Fox, it summarized in every way who she was. She was modest, quiet and observant, taking in everything around her and always thinking before acting. She was a realist, someone who was efficient and practical in everything she did. She was a friendly person who truly cared about those around her.

Polly was born on March 2, 1925 at her parents’ home in Bybee, Tennessee. She was the daughter of John William McKinnley and Nannie B. Allison Smith. Raised in Bybee, Tennessee, she was brought up to be tolerant and trustworthy. As a child, she learned to be conscientious, responsible and punctual. These were all traits that she would carry with her throughout her life.

As a young girl, Polly was always aware of how others around her felt and this quality served her well. With a deep capacity to tolerate the feelings of others, Polly was generally able to avoid conflicts. It seemed as if Polly was the family member who was always working to keep stress at bay. Preferring a quiet environment where she could concentrate, Polly also had the ability to relate well with her family and friends. Polly was raised with six siblings. She had one older sister, Charlsie, one younger sister, Irene, and four younger brothers, Johnny, Harold, Winfred and Alfred. Polly was constantly involved in activities with her family. Polly and her siblings had the typical rivalries while growing up but they deeply cared for each other and shared many life experiences over the years.

Growing up, Polly was one of those children who didn’t need to be in the center of a whirlwind of activity. She was content to entertain herself. Polly was never pushy when it came to games and other activities, but rather, she was able to enjoy the pure fun these could bring. In just about everything she did as a child, Polly was intent on pleasing both the adults and the other children around her. Polly took part in a number of activities as a child. She took part in basketball.

Polly enjoyed learning. She always had a great memory and was particularly skilled at retaining factual information. Polly was generally quiet in class, learning best through observation. She often showed great concentration and was competent at completing the tasks at hand. Good with details, Polly was painstaking and accurate in her efforts. She quit school in the 9th grade because she disliked algebra. Her favorite class in high school was English.

Most folks would say that Polly was shy until they got to know her. Those who were privileged to know her well learned that she was a solid, good friend. Polly was reluctant to generalize about people, and she based her friendships on her personal experiences. Because of this, Polly best trusted those people that she truly knew. She was concerned about how those around her felt, and she always seemed to uncover the positive side of people. She could relate to others and had the ability to see their point of view, to “walk a mile in their shoes,” as the saying goes. The friends that she made, Polly kept. While growing up, some of her best friends were Mae Taylor and Leota Talley. Later in life, she became friends with Frances Hale and Gertrude Reams.
Polly’s sisters, Charlsie and Irene, were her two lifelong friends. They attended church together, sang at different churches and many funerals. Polly sang alto. Their music was absolutely beautiful.

For many years, Polly always had a big Sunday dinner. Her in-laws, her children, and grandchildren would gather there to eat. She was a very good cook. As long as her health allowed, she never failed to have a big dinner on Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Anyone who wanted to come and enjoy a good meal was welcome and the house was always full.
Years ago, Polly and her family, including her parents, would have ice cream makings in the summer and old-fashioned candy pulling in the winter.
Every summer while raising her children, she would have a garden to can fruits and vegetables. Her goal, which she always met, was to have at last 300 jars of canned goods.
During the winters while raising her children, she had a fireplace first then a wood burning heater for heating the home. When the fire would go out at night, Polly was always the one who got up and built the fire to warm the house and a fire in her wood burning cook stove. The rest of the family would stay in their warm beds until the house was warm and Polly prepared breakfast.
Polly was a hard worker. When her older children were in school, she milked the family’s cow, churned and sold sweet milk, buttermilk, and butter. In the fall, she picked up walnuts to sell and she picked up corn after the corn picker had picked all it could. The man who owned the farm would pay her for the corn she gathered. Polly used the money she received to buy her children’s school clothes.
Love can’t be defined but must be experienced. That was so true for Polly. She was totally committed to Carl and maintained traditional ideals about marriage. It was as if Polly naturally sensed her husband’s needs, and accepted those feelings unconditionally. Although Polly disliked conflict, she did not take flight from discord, but rather sought to preserve harmony even during the most trying times.

Polly was a good mother to her children. She had “old fashioned” parental values and could handle typical family conflicts in a fair and calm manner. Because she trusted emotions, Polly was reluctant to force issues and used gentle persuasion to resolve situations. In this way, she seemed to radiate an aura of warmth and caring to those around her, always thinking before acting. In addition, Polly was a master planner. No matter how hectic life around her might be, she seemed to know and track everyone’s schedule. Polly was blessed with seven children, five daughters, Janice, Wanda, Mary Helen, Pam and Jennifer, and two sons, Sanford and Dale. They were also blessed with 12 grandchildren (Robert, James Ruble, Brad, Rhonda, James Wayne, Bryan, Becky, Kim, Rodney, Adam, Kyle, and Tina who is deceased) 20 great-grandchildren (one deceased), seven great-great-grandchildren.

If you gave Polly a deadline, she would meet it. At work, Polly was always on task. Without hesitation, Polly could adhere to any assignment and see it through to its completion. Her primary occupation was a homemaker. She earned her nursing assistant certificate and did her field work at Jefferson City Health and Rehab Center. During that time, Polly excelled in working with small groups in order to complete assignments. She was able to quickly grasp concrete ideas and could organize and plan the best way to accomplish things with remarkable consistency. Polly was good at staying on track and was considerate in listening to what others had to say. In this way, Polly had a true gift for being able to come up with practical resolutions to difficult problems. She was often the team member who managed to put forth a win/win solution for all parties.

Polly liked to experience things first hand, in addition to simply learning about them. This quality influenced Polly's choice of leisure time activities. A methodical and patient worker, Polly preferred to set aside uninterrupted time to work on her hobbies. Earlier in life, her father called square dances and she enjoyed square dancing. She also tap danced and did the Charleston. She played the guitar and sang. Polly was content to sit quietly alone, enjoying her hobbies all by herself and could often be found just reading about her favorite pastimes.

While thorough and measured in her approach to things, Polly often liked to physically do things rather than just think about them. She was like that with sports. She also enjoyed the statistical data and the facts behind the sports. In this way, she was something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite teams whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were baseball, basketball and volleyball. She was a fan of Atlanta Braves baseball.

An individual who respected and maintained traditional values, her faith was important to Polly. Her compassion, consideration and sympathy toward others was evident in her personal beliefs. She was a member of Bear Creek Baptist Church from the late 70's or early 80's until her death. During that time, she took care of the Flower Fund for the church for many years. She would also drive miles out of her way to give others a ride to church.

Doing things to help others seemed to come naturally to Polly. She never set out to gain individual recognition, but the praise and accolades given her for her many and varied efforts throughout her life were well deserved. Some of her most prestigious awards included several pendants for attending church all year without missing a service.

Anyone who traveled or went on vacation with Polly had smooth sailing. It was often taken for granted that she was the trip planner. She would start early and examine all of the possibilities, selecting the best and most effective options. Favorite vacations included a trip to the natural tunnel in Scott County, Virginia, Mount Mitchell in North Carolina, Cades Cove, Myrtle Beach, and Auburndale, Florida.

Polly’s daughter, Jennifer, had Max, a shihpoo, who was very protective of Polly. She claimed him as her own. He was her best friend for seven years. Polly was as loyal to her pets as they were to her.

Polly passed away on October 26, 2018 at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System. She had a myocardial infarction. She is survived by her daughters, Janice (Brownie) Cody of Cosby, Wanda Faye Epps of Russellville, Mary Helen “Bobbie” Epps, Pamela (Tim) Standifer and Jennifer (Mitchell) Fox all of Morristown; sons, Sanford and Dale Fox of Morristown; brothers, James Harold Smith of Bybee and Winfred Smith of Morristown; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; special great-nephew and niece, Jason and Kasey Fox; and her church family. Services were held at Bear Creek Baptist Church. Polly was laid to rest in Bear Creek Cemetery in Cocke County, Tennessee.

It is said that some people can’t see the forest for the trees. Polly was able to focus on each individual tree, tending to its needs, thus making the forest stronger as a whole. Polly was a trustworthy, pragmatic and sympathetic person, the kind of woman to whom everyone was drawn. She was thorough and practical. Polly Fox was very literal with her words. You always knew where you stood with Polly.
Polly was a very kind and gentle person who always put others before herself. She cared for her ailing mother-in-law for seven years. She was a good friend to all she knew and a very trustworthy person. She will be missed.