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Nathan William Woodby

Nathan William Woodby, age 89, 2960 Upper Stone Mountain Road, Unicoi, went to be with the Lord Friday, Ma y 23, 2014, at the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness. Mr. Woodby was a native of Unicoi County and a son of the late Reverend Henderson Woodby and Maggie Headrick Woodby. He was a faithful and dedicated servant of the Lord. Mr. Woodby was a member of Woodby Hill Freewill Baptist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher and as a Deacon for the past thirty eight years. Mr. Woodby retired as an operator from Nuclear Fuel Services in 1987. He was a World War II Army Veteran, proudly serving his country in the European Theatre, in France, Germany and Austria. Mr. Woodby was a sergeant with the 42nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division, 1st Scout, and assisted in the liberation of Dachau Concentration Camp. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, European Campaign Medal, European Occupation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge. Mr. Woodby was a loving and caring husband,father,grandfather and brother.

Other than his parents he was preceded in death by twin sisters: Violet Campbell and Viola Sneyd.

Survivors include his wife of sixty six years, Lucy Woodby, one son, Kenneth Woodby, and wife, Beverly, Unicoi, two daughters: Teresa Simerly and husband, Max, Unicoi; Dianna Bailey, and husband, Frank, Erwin; two grandsons: David Woodby, and Thomas Simerly, three sisters: Dorothy Kirk, Dix, Illinois; Mamie Kimbrell, Johnson City; Bessie Hill, Unicoi, and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral service for Mr. Woodby will be held Monday, May 26, 2014, at 7:00 pm from the Unicoi Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Alex Carver and Reverend Lester Perkins will officiate. Special music will be provided by Inez Chandler. Pallbearers will be Darryl Bryant, Danny Bryant, Thomas Simerly, David Woodby, Fred Gardner, and Max Simerly.

Interment will be held Tuesday morning, May 27, 2014 at 10:45 am from the Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home,TN. The Tennessee Honor Guard, consisting of Boone Dam VFW Post #4933, and the Tennessee Army National Guard will provide military honors.Those attending the committal service are asked to meet at the Unicoi Funeral Home at 9:45 am to go in procession to the graveside.

The Woodby family will receive friends Monday afternoon at the funeral home prior to the funeral service between the hours of 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and other times at the residence.

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Unicoi Funeral Home, 4428 Unicoi Dr., is privileged to serve the Woodby family. (423) 743-1381.