OBITUARY: Dorothy Sue Heath Zwingle

Dorothy Sue Heath Zwingle

Dorothy Sue Heath Zwingle, age 83 of Charlotte, TN died July 19, 2021, in her beloved Charlotte, Tennessee.

Mrs. Zwingle was born on June 18, 1938. Sue had a successful career as the Circuit Court Clerk of Dickson County, but her long and wonderful life is best described in two words: family and service. A caring daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin, she exemplified what it means to be part of a loving and supportive family. She planned and cooked for holidays and reunions as well as Sunday dinners and she was legendary for her fried chicken, carrot cake, and award-winning chili.

Sue and Bobby Zwingle eloped in 1956, in Luka, Mississippi, and began a marriage that lasted almost 65 years. Their seven children experienced their mothers’ love through her actions. She was famous for giving them a stern look when one was warranted but equally famous for setting up the fancy punch bowl on the dining room table for an after-school snack. Sue served both her church and community in multiple capacities. She was a Sunday School teacher, Help Center volunteer, Girl Scout leader, and she worked for causes ranging from school fundraisers to Cancer Society auctions. Sue loved rocking on her front porch, visiting with family and friends, walking in her yard, and going for a drive in the country. She lived with a positive and joyful spirit. During her final years, Sue would often say, “I’ve had a GOOD life”, and she was right.

Visitation: will be held from 2-8:00 p.m. Friday, July 23, 2021 at the Spann Funeral Home and from 1-2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Charlotte Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Funeral Services: will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Charlotte Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Pastor Steve Jones and Bro. Garland Breeden.

Internment: Averitt Cemetery

Sue is survived by:
Husband, Robert Zwingle.
Daughter, Sheila (John) Otto and family: Eric (Shannon), Oliver, and Samantha Otto; Justin Otto; Blakely Otto and Ashley Williams.
Daughter, Cindy (Steve) Sensing and family: Jake (April) and Jensen Sensing; Taylor Sensing and Braelyn.
Son, Terry (Cynthia) Zwingle and family: T.J. (Nicole), Izzy, and Lilli Zwingle; Dalton (Amy), Jessa, and Bryson Zwingle; Alicia Davidson; Allen (Suzanne), Noah, and Allie Brooke Bishop.
Daughter, Sherry (Mike) Anderson and family: Matthew Anderson and Brittany Perez.
Daughter, Missy Foster (Ronnie Phillips) and family: Morgan Foster, Gavin and Hayden Almaguer; Cody Phillips.
Son, Johnny Zwingle (Rachel Novem) and family: Chris, Katelyn, Amber, Courtney, C.J., and Chance.
Extended family, Kim and David Williams and family: Heather Williams, Baleigh and Logan Stockton; Maranda (Seth), Sophia, and Hudson Williams.
Sisters: Laura Story and Betty (Joe) Fizer.
Sisters-in-law: Diane (Roger) Harrison and Joyce Heath.
Many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Sue is preceded by:
Parents: Idell and Jim Heath
Son: Paul Lee Zwingle
Brother: Billy Tip Heath

Sue’s family would like to recognize her caregivers Janie Drake, Cindy Lee, and Caris Hospice for their extraordinary care.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Dickson County Help Center, Averitt Cemetery, Alzheimer’s Association, or American Cancer Society.

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