BAKERSVILLE, N.C. — Ramie McKinney Woody, age 90, resident of NHC Healthcare, Johnson City, TN, went to be with her Lord on August 3, 2011.
Mrs. Woody was a lifelong resident of Bakersville, NC, until moving to Tennessee in 2007. She was a daughter of the late Levy McKinney and Geneva Garland McKinney Espey. Mrs. Woody was of lifelong member of Red Hill Methodist Church until she moved to Tennessee and became a member of Oakland Avenue Baptist Church in Johnson City.
Mrs. Woody was a wonderful wife, dedicated mother and loving grandmother. She was an exceptional cook. Shopping with her granddaughter and eating “Cheetos” with her husband were two of her favorite pastimes. Mrs. Woody never met a stranger and after meeting them she could always recall their name. Her generous spirit and sweet smile touched everyone she met. She served on the Resident Council at NHC and was known as the “welcome greeter” for all new residents. Her goal was to make a new friend each day. She will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Osborne; step-father, David Espey; sister, Lorine Hoilman; and son-in-law, Bobby Brannigan.
Mrs. Woody was known by names such as Momma, Granny, Nanny and GeGe. For those surviving her, these names will always hold a special place in their hearts.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Bert Shelby Woody; two daughters, Pat and husband, Roy Yelton, of Piney Flats, TN, Becky Brannigan, of Spruce Pine, NC; son-in-law, Kyle Osborne, of Abingdon, VA; grandchildren, Todd Yelton and wife, Shauna, Matt Yelton and wife, Tamara, Jeremy Yelton and wife, Graham, Josh Osborne and wife, Melissa, Pagiela Hill and husband, Greg, Betsy and Rusty Brannigan; great grandchildren Mackenzie, Colin, Aiden, Addison Yelton and Madelyn Osborne; special family friend, Jeff Brannigan. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Woody’s family extends a special thank-you to her physician and friend Dr. David Moulton as well as the entire staff of NHC Healthcare.
The family will receive friends Saturday August 6th, from 11:00 to 1:00 at Henline-Hughes Funeral Home in Bakersville, NC.
A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:00 officiated by Pastor Roy Yelton and music will be provided by Pastor Harold McNabb.
Interment will be at the Phillips Cemetery at Red Hill, NC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scholarship Fund of Tri-Cities Christian Schools, 1500 Highway 75, Blountville, TN 37617.
Henline-Hughes Funeral Home is assisting the Woody family.