Kayla Marie Tillie Rooney, age 25 of Seymour, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord October 14, 2021, following a brave fight with cancer. Kayla graduated from Lee University where she played basketball as well. She was a special education teacher at Sam Houston Elementary and Assistant Coach of Maryville High School. Kayla was preceded in death by: grandfather, William Douglas Tillie. She is survived by: husband, Blaise Rooney; parents, Tina Tyler & husband, Darrell and Scott Tillie & wife, Linda; in-laws, Chad and DD Rooney; grandparents, Marie Tillie, Jerry &Teresa Neff, Judy Neff; siblings, Kendyl Tillie and Logan Rooney, Dalton Price & wife, Mendy, Kamryn Lee; stepsiblings, Alison Adam & husband Kirk, Aaron Tyler, Jocelyn Kirkland & husband, Nate, Drea & A.J. Hernandez, Celine Trent & husband, Dakota;; special uncles and aunts, Tommy & Lorri Lee and Brent & Mariah Clapper; special nephew and niece, Michael Adam & Elly Kirkland, and other extended loved ones and friends. Kayla was an extraordinary, kind-hearted, selfless, brave young woman. A beautiful, genuine soul inside and out. Your life was brightened and forever changed for the better just by knowing her. It was an honor to have her a part of our lives. Heaven gained a very special Angel. God wanted her now and set her free. Forever missed and always loved. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Kayla to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, PO Box 22324, New York, NY 10087. A private burial will be held at Berry Highland South Cemetery in Knoxville. Family will receive friends from 1:00 until 4:00 PM, Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Maryville High School Gymnasium. A Celebration of Life will follow at 4:00 PM with Rev. Scott Turner officiating. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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