Slagle, Bertie Mae (Hester) of Knoxville, Tennessee, passed away on December 3, 2020, at the age of 100. Bertie was the daughter of Horace and Birch (Holsapple) Hester, of Eddyville.
Bertie was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She was the owner of Cumberland Drugs for 46 years, a charter member of Grace Covenant Baptist Church, member of the Tennessee Rose Society, Belmont West Garden Club, American Business Women’s Association, graduate of Eddyville High School, and attended the University of Tennessee. She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne Walls of Texas; her grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Mark and Vicky Miller of Texas; her sister, Dollie Hester Murphy of Princeton KY; nieces and nephews, Kathy & Frank McElroy, Brian & Dottie Murphy, Gregg Murphy, and Gayle Kindig, Connie & Sam Tackett, Penny Exline, and several great and great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her three brothers, Bob, Charles, and Hasi Hester, and husbands H. W. (Nick) Nichols and Bill Slagle.
Bertie was an amazing woman who witnessed a great deal in her 100 years of life. She lived a very successful and happy life. She grew up on a dairy farm in Eddyville, Kentucky; raised a family in Tennessee; and enjoyed life to its fullest. The stories she could tell, with some added color thrown in for good measure, were always captivating for her family and friends. The first carbide lights on the dairy farm, washing milk bottles before dawn, then walking to school in high heels on a gravel road and hoping not to be late for school, and many more colorful stories. She loved to entertain friends and family; was a talented beautician and businesswoman; loved to dance; always shared her beautiful roses and flowers with her church and friends; and was an outstanding cook. Her pound cakes, chocolate pies, pot roast, and fried chicken were all made with extra love. She taught us all that sharing and cherishing time with family and friends is the secret to a long and happy life. We are all fortunate to have known and dearly loved Bertie.
While we know everyone would want to come together to remember this great lady, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the family will be having a private ceremony, so as not to endanger any dear friends or family.
In lieu of the usual remembrances, the family requests that donations be made to the Grace Covenant Baptist Church Building Fund. 9956 Dutchtown Road, Knoxville, TN 37923.