Margaret “Kay” Mayfield

Published 11:48 am Friday, August 5, 2022

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Margaret “Kay” Mayfield, 96, Elizabethton, Tenn., passed away on July 30, 2022 at her daughter’s home in Charlotte, N.C.
Margaret was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., the daughter of the late William Rayburn and Pauline (Hill) Massey.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her spouse, William Mayfield; brother, Charles Massey; son-in-law, Dennis Rippy; and grandson, Jeremy Hewlett.
She was raised in Harriman, Tenn., and attended Stevens College after high school graduation. She finished her BA at Cincinnati Bible College and earned her Master’s Degree in Christian Education from Butler University. Her first and foremost job was that of a mother and minister’s wife, serving in several churches of the Christian Church/Church of Christ persuasion. While serving churches in Florida, she earned her Florida Elementary School Teachers Certificate and taught third to fifth grades for ten years until the family moved to Tennessee.
Four years after leaving Florida to serve First Christian Church in Elizabethton, Tenn., she suffered the loss of her husband of 28 years and took the job of secretary to the Education Department of Milligan College, where she remained until her retirement. Her greatest accomplishment, though, was that she was full of the fruits of the Spirit as she expressed the love of Jesus Christ to all.
She is survived by her children, Billie Anderson (Greg), Jerrie Hewlett and Jackie Thompson (Barry); grandchildren, Dennis Rippy II, Dana Rippy Zondory (Michael), Rebecca Rippy Laney (Jeffrey), Jason Rippy, Wildyn Anderson (Marie Ward), Ian Anderson (Jamie), Miriam Hewlett Winget (Matt) and Victoria Hewlett Buchanan (Jordan); 13 great-grandchildren and her nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 10, at First Christian Church in Elizabethton, Tenn. Receiving of friends will be at 10 a.m. Her ashes will rest beside her parents and husband at Oak Grove Cemetery in Rockwood, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Education Department of Milligan College. Online condolences may be left at

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