OBITUARY: Sue Haste Malone

Sue Haste Malone

Sue Haste Malone, 83, passed away on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at Maury Regional Medical Center.

Born on June 21, 1938 in Memphis, TN to Frances and Maurice Haste, she grew up in Cookeville, TN, graduating from Cookeville Central High School in 1956 as valedictorian and from Tennessee Tech in 1960, also as valedictorian.

She married William T. Malone in 1961 and they moved to Columbia in 1964 to open his dental practice. She joined St. Peter’s Episcopal Church that year and served the church in many capacities, including junior warden of the vestry.

Sue worked for the Maury County school system for almost 30 years, first as a homebound teacher, then at Columbia Central High School, then again with homebound students. She was an active member of the King’s Daughters and Sons for over 50 years, serving as an officer on the local (Annie White circle), state, and international levels.

She volunteered and held board positions with many organizations in Maury County over the years, including the Christmas Seals Board, the Library Board, the King’s Daughters’ School Board, the People’s Table, and Columbia Counseling Ministries, and served one term as an elected Maury County Commissioner. She also gave her time to Meals on Wheels, the Book Mart at the library, and faithfully washed dishes for the People’s Table for as long as she was able.

In addition to her extensive volunteer work, Sue enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, and spending time with her grandchildren. “Grannie Sue” was a fixture in all of their lives and will be missed immeasurably. Her collections of iris, whale, and Twelve Days of Christmas themed items were legendary.

She is survived by her three children Mollie (Rich) Sund of Palatine, IL, William (Rebecca) Malone Jr of St. Augustine, FL; and Michael (Julie) Malone of Columbia; grandchildren Brian Sund, Rebecca (Tom) Harris, Emily Sund, Sarah Hartshorn, Sam Malone, Mary Claire Malone, Liam Malone, MacKenzie (Jeff) Bieber, Dawson Snow, and Darby Snow, sister Pat Moore, nephew Richard Moore, and several cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. William T (Bill) Malone in April 2009.

A funeral service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Columbia on Friday, January 21 at 11:00 am with The Reverend Chris Bowhay and The Reverend Thomas Wilson officiating. The family will visit with friends from 9:30 am – 11:00 am at the church. Burial will be at St. John’s Churchyard. A celebration of life will be held at a later date once we can all gather safely and properly honor Sue. The funeral service will be live streamed at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be extended online at

Pallbearers will be Brian Sund, Sam Malone, Liam Malone, Rich Sund, Dr. David Williams, and Dr. Alex Goodman. Honorary pallbearers: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday bridge club friends; members of IOKDS; members of the Student’s Club; Charlotte and Jerry Battles; Dee White; Mary and Dan Loveless; Bettye and Herky Kinser; Sue Dunnebacke; David Staggs; Elaine Hudgens; Marietta Diaz; and “the Cookeville girls.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the King’s Daughters’ School, Columbia Counseling Ministries, or the charity of your choice.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Bridge and Maury Regional Hospital. A special thank you goes to Diane Lee, Cochita Watkins, and Tonya Miller.

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