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Marie Parks Alcorn

Marie Parks Alcorn, born November 22, 1930, passed away on Friday, February
11, 2022, at the end of a full and active life.  A sixty-three-year
resident of Manchester, Tennessee in the New Union Community, she was an
active member of Goosepond United Methodist Church during seven decades.

Her leadership and contributions to the Manchester community were
consistent.  As an accomplished seamstress, Mrs. Alcorn became a business
owner when she established Alcorn Fabrics operating in downtown Manchester
from 1970 to 1981.  Following its closure, Mrs. Alcorn transitioned to The
Athletic Shop where she sewed thousands of names and numbers onto jackets
and team jerseys to identify sporting youth and adults. Later, she enjoyed
being amidst children as a Teachers’ Assistant at East Coffee Elementary

She and her late husband, Robert, began their family in Shelbyville,
Tennessee. Upon moving to Manchester, they joined Goosepond United
Methodist Church and were involved in the effort of constructing the
building it still meets in today.

From 1959 to 1962, she along with others in the New Union Community
advocated to obtain a new facility for New Union Elementary School.

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Mrs. Alcorn’s most active community engagement came through helping
organize and raise funds for the New Union Fire Department, where she
served as their years-long treasurer.

Her tremendous pride in family was plain to all who heard the stories she
loved to share

of her children, 13 grandchildren, and 27 great grandchildren. Her greatest
joy was found in being present with and hosting family whether in her own
home or in varied locations with extended family.

A prolific gardener, she spent her summers canning pickles and fruits and
putting up vegetables to share with family and friends throughout the year.
For years, those in her sphere enjoyed loaves of sourdough bread that she
baked weekly in her kitchen.

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As she slowed in her last few months of life, the family expresses
gratitude to caregivers and staff at McArthur Manor for their steadfast and
unwavering care in providing the assisted setting she chose for her final

The family is grateful to the current nurses, doctors and staff of Unity
Medical Center-Manchester who provided stellar care in her last days
leading to a peaceful departure as the end for her aged body was drawing

Mrs. Alcorn was predeceased by her daughter, Beverly Kay Alcorn; parents,
Bert and Katie Sue Parks of Shelbyville; her husband of 53 years, William
Robert Alcorn, Sr., and brother Bill Parks of Shelbyville.

Mrs. Alcorn is survived by six children: William Robert “Bob” Alcorn, Jr.
(Marie) of Knoxville, Dorothy Shelton of Manchester, Rebecca “Becky” Alcorn
Pilkinton Anderson of Franklin, Nancy Alcorn of Brentwood, Barbara Alcorn
Wood (Ron) of Manchester and Susie Alcorn (Darrin Kirkus) of Nashville;
thirteen grandchildren: William Robert “Bo” Alcorn III, Meg Alcorn Grunke
(Aaron), Kimberly Shelton Stiffel (Andy), Jake Shelton, Karen Shelton
Shuford (Nick), Ryan Shelton (Brittany), Melissa Shelton Hand (Jeremy),
Rachel Pilkinton Stovall (John), Jesse Pilkinton (Amanda), Kathryne
Anderson Coonce (John), J Clark Anderson IV (Sasha), Andy Wood, Janet Wood
Galyen (Nick); 27 great grandchildren; siblings Audra Steele (Don), Leroy
Connell Parks (Mary Jane), David Parks (Marie), Joyce McGee (Bobby); and
her multitude of nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.

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In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to one of the following:
Goosepond United Methodist Church, c/o Anna Arnold, 1494 Lumley Stand Road,
Manchester TN 37355; New Union Fire Department, c/o Mitchell Green, 2455
Old Woodbury Hwy, Manchester TN 37355; or Mercy Multiplied, P.O. Box
111060, Nashville TN 37222.

Coffee County Funeral Home, 786 McMinnville Highway, Manchester, Tennessee,
is handling arrangements. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 15 from 11
a.m.-1 p.m. Central followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. Burial will
follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens.

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