Martha Eskew

MARTHA ESKEW

 ESKEW, Martha Isabel Stephens, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at the age of 102 years and 8 months, while surrounded by her family. She was born on Sept. 30, 1918, in Calloway County, Kentucky, to the late Hatton E. Stephens and Agnes McLeod Stephens. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Eskew; daughter, Agnes Jeanette Eskew; son-in-law, Jim Swann; sister, Mildred Maggard; and brothers, John Stephens and Jack M. Stephens. Mrs. Eskew graduated from Lynn Grove High School in Kentucky, and attended Draughons Business School. She moved to Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1937, where she met her future husband and was later married in 1939. She and her family moved to Winchester, in 1949. As a member of the First United Methodist Church she served in many capacities including Sunday school teacher, MYF activities, UMW Guild and on the administrative board. She was also a 50-year member of the Eastern Star. In 1985, she was instrumental in the organization of the gift shop of the then Methodist Hospital and also supervised it for 19 years until her retirement. She also served on the board of directors of the Methodist Hospital. Mrs. Eskew was a member of the Franklin County Garden Club. She is survived by her daughter, Stephenie Swann of Decherd; son, Sam Hatton Eskew and wife, Pam of Estill Springs; grandsons, Stephen Swann and wife, Mary (Dixie) of Decherd, Jedd Swann and wife, Meredith of Decherd, and Alex Eskew and wife, Jamie of Estill Springs; great-grandsons, Tyler Swann of Decherd, and Bryant Swann and wife, Emily of Tullahoma; great-granddaughters, Ellie Eskew and Avery Eskew, both of Estill Springs; 3- month-old, great-great-granddaughter, Harper Lynn Swann of Tullahoma; sister-in-law, Sue Stephens of Hermitage; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester. Funeral services were conducted on Friday, June 4, 2021, at 1 p.m. at Moore-Cortner Funeral Home with Pastor Ray Wilson, the chaplain of Amedisys Hospice, officiating. Interment was in Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Serving as pallbearers were her grandsons, great-grandsons and family. Honorary pallbearers were: Coyle Clark, Brenda Goins, Darlene Williams, Gloria Doan, Melissa Caldwell, Glenda Eddings and Janis Commers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all gifts in her memory be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the charity of your choice. Moore-Cortner Funeral Home, 300 First Ave NW, Winchester, TN 37398, 931-967-2222, www.moorecortner.com.