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Lanova Ligon McCluskey, 96

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Mrs. McCluskey, 96, of Mt. Juliet died July 27, 2016. The widow of the late W.J "Mac" McCluskey was born April 3, 1920 in the Green Hill Community, now known as Mt. Juliet to the late, Duncan and Gladys Ware Ligon.

She lived her whole life in this area, attending the local elementary school and graduated from Mt. Juliet High School where she played basketball, one of her lifetime loves.

Mrs. McCluskey attended Cumberland University from 1937-1938 and played collegiate basketball.

She and her mother opened Ligon's Flower Shop in Donelson in 1941 and operated the shop for 43 years.

During World War II, Mrs. McCluskey worked at Vultee as a riveter and that was where she met the love of her life, Mac.

She retired from Tennessee Telephone Company after 20 years of service.

Mrs. McCluskey was an avid knitter, crocheter and sports enthusiast. She taught hundreds of high school girls to knit and she never missed a high school football or basketball game.

Mrs. McCluskey was an active member of Cooks United Methodist Church, a Brownie Scout Leader, a 50 year member of the Green Hill Family and Consumer Education Club, Green Hill Women's Club, Daughters of the American Revolution, the African Violet Society of America and Harvey Freeman Chapter #181, Order of the Eastern Star. She occasionally went fishing with Mac, but after she caught the biggest crappie he had ever seen - he didn't take her fishing again.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband of nearly 70 years, W.J. "Mac" McCluskey and her brother, Herschel Ligon.

She is survived by: son Macky (Janet) McCluskey, daughter Margaret McCluskey (Bob) Pile along with grandchildren Paul (Christina) McCluskey, Beth McCluskey, Barbara (Mike) Hill, Susan Tramel and Jim Tramel and Mary (Mike) Brow. Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren.

There will be no visitation and funeral services will be private.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mrs. McCluskey's caretakers, Pam Oglesby and Olive Kallon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Mt. Juliet Animal Shelter, 115 Industrial Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet. (615) 773-2663. Obit Line (615) 641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com

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