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April 19, 2014

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Imogene Sauceman Day

Published: 01/10/2014

Imogene Sauceman Day

Died: Jan. 8, 2014

Imogene Sauceman Day, 82, of West Main Street, passed away at 4:05 p.m. Wednesday at Laughlin HealthCare Center after battling cancer for 3 1/2 years.

Hulda Imogene Sauceman was born Dec. 18, 1931, in the Bright Hope Community of Greene County. She attended Bright Hope School and grew up in Whittenburg United Methodist Church.

As a young girl, she learned to play the guitar and joined her brothers, The Sauceman Brothers Bluegrass Band, who played bluegrass music on the radio in the five state area. They came to Greeneville in 1946 and helped put WGRV Radio on the air with their band.

During this time, she met Claude "Tiny" Day, who was a member of the band, and they married in 1947. Unto the union of that marriage two children were born.

Continuing to play music, Tiny Day organized the Tiny Day Trio, which consisted of Tiny and Imogene Day and J.P. Sauceman and they played throughout East Tennessee with Grand Ole Opry members that Tiny would book in various venues.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Imogene and her cousin, Selma Overbay, ran Lawrence Reynolds Ice Cream and Restaurant, which was located near Greeneville High School.

In the 1980s, Tiny and Imogene operated the Capitol Theater. Tiny booked Grand Ole Opry stars and B Western Cowboy Stars in the theater and other places.

Mr. and Mrs. Day were avid UT football fans and for many years traveled with the ball team to bowl games. Claude "Tiny" Day was Sports Editor at The Greeneville Sun for 42 years.

Imogene was a longtime member of Whittenburg United Methodist Church. She was a member of Women of the Moose and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Anna Belle (Lockhart) and James Alvin Sauceman Sr.; husband: Claude "Tiny" Day in 1990; one daughter: Patti Ann Day in 1977; son: Michael Day in 1995; three half-brothers: Connie, Tom, and Barney Sauceman; a half-sister: Vivian Sauceman Gray; two sisters: Mrs. James D. (Margaret) Smith and Mrs. Edward (Louise) Sudduth; two brothers: James Carl Sauceman and his wife, Louise, and John Paul Sauceman; one nephew: Gary D. Smith; and one niece: Tisa Sauceman.

Survivors include two brothers and sisters-in-law: Jack and Sandy Sauceman of Alabama and Jimmy and Jeanne Sauceman of Greeneville; one sister-in-law: Betty S. Hensley of Greeneville; nieces and nephews: Mrs. Wayne (Betty) Ballard, Jonathan and Linda Sauceman, and Mrs. Gary D. (Phyllis) Smith, all of Greeneville, James Carl Sauceman Jr. and Terry Dwayne Sauceman, both of Gonzales, La., Ted Carroll and Billie Sauceman of Dallas, Texas, and Jackie Ann Finney and Danny Sudduth, both Alabama; several nieces and nephews from the Vivian Gray and Tom Sauceman families; special friends: Bill Gibson and family; all her friends at The Greeneville Sun; special caregivers: the nurses and staff of Smoky Mountain Hospice, and Donna Trent and Jeanne Sauceman; and a host of other friends and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Doughty-Stevens Chapel. The Rev. Sam Smith and the Rev. Jim Fain will officiate.

Special music will be provided by Joe Harrison, Tom Bullen, Tyler Arwood, and Madison Metcalf. Interment will follow in GreeneLawn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be John M. Jones Jr., Wayne Phillips, Phil Gentry, J.B. Johnson, Tommy Armitage, and Jonathan Sauceman.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Dharmen Patel, Dr. John Boys, Dr. Maynard Austin, Dr. Mandeep Bakshi, and Dr. Susan Abernathy and their staffs.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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