Delphia Mae “Tootsie” Rose (Maiden name: Poore) died peacefully in her home on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 in Powell, TN at the age of 83. Delphia was born on August 16, 1936 in Briceville, TN to Bruce and Jessie Poore. She married Bill Rose in 1952. Over a span of 17 years, the couple welcomed 10 children into their home and raised them in a small mountain community. Delphia was able to make the meager salary of a coal miner stretch far enough to feed and clothe a family of 12. Delphia enjoyed using her hands and spent much of her time doing crafts, making jewelry, sewing, cooking and working puzzles. She was an active and dedicated member of New York Avenue Church of Christ in Oak Ridge, TN. She is preceded in death by her husband, Charles “Bill” Rose; children, Linda and Louise, parents, Bruce and Jessie Poore; siblings, Bruce and Ronnie.
Delphia is survived by her children, Barbara, Kathy, Sarah, Marie, Willie, Patricia, Donna and Alberta; her grandchildren, Michael, Christopher, Tonya,Tina, Charley, Tim, Marie, Stacey, Vickie, Dana, Michael, Nathan, Christina, Stephanie, Shannon, Clark, Ashley, Elizabeth, Wesley, Bradley, Shea, Ronnie, Jackie, David, Karen, Kevin, Steven, Brandon and Jordan; 60 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren; her siblings, Eddie, Juanita, Otis, Becky, David, Ralph, Norma and Johnnie. The family would like to thank Delphia’s caregivers for their dedication and care.
A funeral is scheduled for Friday, November 15, 2019, 7:00 P.M. with receiving of friends to take place from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Walters Funeral Home Chapel. Minister Tim Hardy and Rev. Alvis Richardson will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Delphia’s life. Family and friends will meet Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at Walters Funeral Home and proceed to Rose Garden Cemetery for Graveside Services and Interment. Condolences can be sent to www.waltersfuneralhome.net. Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the family of Mrs. Delphia Mae “Tootsie” Rose.
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