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Oren Booth Wooden

Oren Booth Wooden, 80, of Pikeville died Friday, January 18, 2013.

He was born February 9, 1932 in Safety Harbor, Florida in the middle of an orange grove. A resident of Bledsoe County since he and his family moved there at the age of 9, he was a lifelong farmer and owner of Wooden’s Apple House on Dayton Mountain. He had a passion for growing apples for all of his customers, some of who became lifelong friends. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

Preceding him in death were his parents, H.C. Wooden and Orene Booth Wooden; sons, Mitchell and Jackie Dwayne Wooden; brother, Clements Wooden; and grandson, Michael Cole Green.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Nonivee Wooden; daughters, Judith (Lonnie) Frazier of Ooltewah, Anne (Freddie) Ricketts of Hixson, and Sheila Prater, Carole (Chubby) Smith and Sandy (Mark) Burnett, all of Pikeville; grandchildren, Sacha Kelley,  Brannon Prater, Lonna McAllister, Candace Smith, Cara Roberson, Marcus Burnett, Chase Green, Cain Burnett and Kate Burnett; great-grandchildren, Taylor Sussford, Ashley, Michael, Gavin and Emma Kelley, Justin, Jared and Peyton McAllister, and Charles Oren Roberson; god son, James Jr. Wooden; cousin, Emma Jean White and Dwayne Gravett, who was like a son.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 20 in the funeral home chapel with Bro. Tom Swafford, Bro. Jeff Swafford and Bro. Jimmy Jewell officiating. Burial was in Rigsby Cemetery.

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Putnam-Reed Funeral Home of Pikeville was in charge of arrangements.

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