GOD saw her getting tired; a cure was not to be.
He wrapped her in His loving arms and whispered Come with me.
She suffered much in silence, her spirit did not bend.
She faced her pain with courage, until the very end.
She tried so hard to stay with us but her fight was not in vain,
GOD took her to His loving home and freed her from the pain.
Lucille “Louise” Woodward Jones, age 79, of 2307 Zane Whitson Drive, Unicoi, Tennessee, moved to Heaven to reunite with her husband, and be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born on November 10, 1933, a daughter of the late Jake and Minnie (Ledford) Woodward, and lived all of her life in Unicoi County. Other than her parents, Mrs. Jones was preceded in death by her husband, Roy E. Jones on May 16, 2009, her sisters, Wilma Foster and Hazel Price, and her brothers, Cecil Woodward and Lynn Woodward.
She was employed by the Unicoi County School System for over thirty years at Unicoi Elementary School. Mrs. Jones was a faithful member of Unicoi United Methodist Church and kept the childrens nursery for many years. She was a loving and devoted mom and mamaw.
Mrs. Jones is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-laws, Terry W. and Pamela (Phillips) Jones, of Erwin, and Tony L. and Martha (Thomas) Jones, of Unicoi; her granddaughter, Myikaela Jones, of Erwin; her twin grandsons, Taylor Jones and Tyler Jones, of Unicoi; her sisters, Alma Simmons and husband Bill, of Erwin, Mary Emma Nappa and husband Vincent, of Palm Bay, Florida; her brothers, Kenneth Woodward and wife Lynn, of Erwin, Ray Woodward and wife Polly, of Erwin; step-grandson, Josh Lewis; sisters-in-law , Evelyn Woodward of Michigan, Christine & Jack Chambers of Elizabethton, and Sheila Jones of Unicoi. Nieces, nephews, many dear friends, and other relatives also survive.
A celebration of Mrs. Jones' life will be held at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2013, from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Garland E. James and Reverend Jim Goddard will officiate. Special music will be under the direction of Teresa Parkey, niece of Mrs. Jones.
Active pallbearers will be family members and friends. Honorary pallbearers are Carl Jones, George Ritchie, Harry Corn, and Bill Simmons.
The family will receive friends prior to the service between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and other times at the family home.
The committal service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013, in Jones Cemetery. Those attending are asked to meet at the funeral home by 2:30 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Johnson City, Tennessee 37601, St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105-1942 or a deserving charity of your choice.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Jones family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at www.ledfordfuneralhomes.com.
Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Drive, Unicoi, is privileged to serve the Jones family. (423) 743-1381.