Bernice Self Finchum, 86, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, formerly of Johnson City and Midway, died Thursday in Stillwater.
Bernice was born on May 27, 1932, in Greene County to Goodler and Roxie (Smith) Self. She was raised and attended school in Mosheim and graduated in 1950. She then attended college at East Tennessee State University, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Bernice enjoyed teaching high school business, economics and distributive education at David Crockett High School in Jonesborough for almost 30 years.
She was a member of the Greene County Retired Teachers Association, Retired Teachers, Tennessee Education Association and National Education Association and a former member of the Greene County Democratic Women’s Club.
Bernice attended Midway United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law: Allen and Tanya Finchum, of Stillwater; one grandson and his wife: Curtis and Olivia Finchum, of Edmond, Oklahoma; two great-grandchildren: Harper and Juliette; one niece and her husband: Mary Ann Rush and Don Ferguson, of the Bibles Chapel community; one great-niece: Elizabeth Anne Ferguson; and numerous cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Annie S. Rush and Fannie Gay Self; and three brothers: Thomas Self, Goodler Self and an infant.
The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. Dec. 16 at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in Doughty-Stevens Chapel. Burial will be in Mosheim Central Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to GCDW, P.O. Box 1733, Greeneville, TN 37744.