Mrs. Bessie Billie “Louise” Woodby Jasperse, 78, went to be with our Lord on Friday, June 27, 2014, in the comfort of her own home.
Mrs. Jasperse was born May 12, 1936, in Unicoi, Tennessee, and grew up in Johnson City. She worked at Cole’s Drug Store in Johnson City, where she met pharmacist Don Jasperse in 1955. They married June 29, 1955, and moved to Kingsport within a few years. She later worked for a time at the Kingsport Times News.
She was a devoted mother, daughter, grandmother, and homemaker. Mrs. Jasperse cultivated beautiful flowers, quilted and needle worked, and was fond of bird watching.
She was a member of Fort Robinson Baptist Church in Kingsport, where her husband, Don, was a deacon for many, many years.
Mrs. Jasperse was preceded in death three months by her husband, Don, of 58 years; by her parents, Mack and Nellie Woodby, Johnson City; and by brothers, Jack and Bill Woodby, also of Johnson City.
Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Georgia State Representative Rick and Marcia Jasperse, Jasper, GA; and daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Keith Shell, of Surgoinsville, TN. Also surviving is her sister, Carol Woodby Kilby, brother, C.M. Woodby and wife, Joyce, and sister, Joan Woodby Tolley and husband, Charlie, all of Johnson City, TN; Sister-in-law, Janet Jasperse, of North Cape May, NJ; and several nieces and nephews also survive. Grandchildren are Elizabeth Jasperse Wright and husband, Justin, of Centerville, GA, Mary Alice Jasperse, student in Atlanta, GA, and Bob Jasperse, student in Athens, GA. Louise’s loving dachshund, Molley, age 12, grieves as well.
The family would like to say a special thanks to two special ladies, Stella and Kathy. Their care and thoughtfulness enabled Louise to enjoy life at home. Thank you to all the staff of Amedysis Hospice for their compassionate care.
The family will receive friends Sunday, June 29, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, with the funeral service immediately following at 8:00 p.m. with Dr. Randy Pressnell officiating.
Graveside services will be held Monday, June 30, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in Garden of the Well of East Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Charles Dishner Jr., Ted Salyers, Houston Kilby, Mack Kilby, Leo Conant, Bill Burnette, and honorary pallbearer, John Hensley.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fort Robinson Baptist Church, 2012 Fort Robinson Drive, Kingsport, TN 37660.
Online condolences may be sent to the Jasperse family by visiting www.eastlawnkingsport.com.
East Lawn Funeral Home, 4997 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN 37664; 423-288-2081; is serving the Jasperse family.