Vella Calfee

November 5, 1927 ~ February 13, 2021 (age 93)


Vella Calfee, age 93 of Newport, passed away Saturday, February 13, 2021 at her home.

She was a long-time member of New Home Freewill Baptist Church, where she served in various roles through the years, including piano player, song leader, and clerk. She retired from Enka/BASF and Douglas Cherokee; was deeply involved in the Cocke County Republican Party, and was renowned for her famous sweet tea.

Miss Vella was preceded in death by her parents, James & Bertie (Reed) Calfee; and her sister, Zetta Lois Huskins. She is survived by her son, Robert Lee Caldwell; and special friend, Mary Holt.

The family would like to extend special thanks to her caregivers, Lisa Morie, Becky Shipley, and Paulette Pier; as well as the staff of Caris Hospice.

A graveside service will be held in the New Home Cemetery at 2:00PM, Tuesday, February 16th, 2021 with Pastor Doug King officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Cemetery Fund at New Home Freewill Baptist Church.

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Graveside Service
February 16, 2021

2:00 PM
New Home Cemetery

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