Peggy Jean Avera

1937 - 2021


Peggy Jean Avera, 83, of Blountville, passed away in the comfort of her home following a long journey of declining health. Born in Meridian, Mississippi on July 30, 1937, a daughter of the late William and Loreen Wright White, she returned to this area for the last 10 years to be close to her children.

Living at the beach for 25 years, she always welcomed family and friends for a fun vacation at her home. She loved dancing and music, cooking, and entertaining her family and friends. She was “Larger than Life”, always wearing a smile and making other people smile. Many tried to duplicate but could never master her homemade biscuits. She was a lover of animals, big and small.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her childhood sweetheart and husband, Burgess “Bud” Hardin until his passing in 1978; Her second husband David Avera, Jr.; daughter, Lisa Ward; grandson; Westley Howell; and Tyler Perry.

Peggy is survived by her children, LuAnn Peery and Raymond of Bristol; Burgess Hardin and Linda of Blountville; and Lynda Perry and Joe of Kingsport; grandchildren; Shannon and Ray Peery, Adam Hardin, and Jordan Perry; and many nieces and nephews; step-children, Sarah McKenzie & Bob, Nancy A. Stagmaier and John, of Signal Mountain, Mary Fritsche and John of Burke, VA; and special companion, Fatbutt the cat.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Kayla Douglas for the last 4 years of care and love, and in the last final months to Chassity Rainey, Ann Gray, Meghan Kilgore, and Tammy Courtney.

The family will be holding a private service.

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Donna Thomas

April 20, 2021 8:53 PM

Had many fun times with this sweet lady . My prayers and condolences to the family as I know you all will miss her but knowing she is with her loved ones that were waiting on her , I am sure will bring comfort.
Lu' I am hear if you need anything or just to talk, I know this will be a difficult journey. Love ya Lu

Linda Houser Hardin

April 20, 2021 5:08 PM

To the BEST mother-n-law anyone could ask for. She treated me like a daughter. I have so many precious memories!!  I thank God for all the time I got to spend with her, and one day soon we will never part again!! She will be so missed!  I love you Peggy!!

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