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Jo Doris Leftwich

Staff Reports • Oct 10, 2017 at 1:11 PM

A memorial service for Mrs. Leftwich will be scheduled at a later date.

Mrs. Leftwich, 96, and a lifelong resident of Wilson County, passed away peacefully Saturday, Oct. 7 at Tennova Healthcare-Lebanon.  She was born April 24, 1921 to the late James F. and Alta Prichard.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, J.B. Leftwich; her sister, Lois Prichard Chenault; her great-granddaughter, Hannah Page Wright; and son-in-law, Glyn Newton.

Jo Doris was a multi-tasker long before the term became popular. A longtime teacher in the Lebanon School District, she would arise in the morning, prepare a full breakfast for her husband and four children and then teach school. After school, she would go by the grocery store and then drive home to prepare another meal.  Some of those years, she also attended college classes in the evening.

She received her degree in education from Middle Tennessee State University in 1968 and later earned a degree in library science. She taught at Lebanon Junior High School and Byars Dowdy. She also taught for a short time at Castle Heights Military Academy and Lebanon High School. 

She was active in the Lebanon First United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous committees, taught Sunday school and was president of the United Methodist Women. She was also an active member of the La Coterie Women’s Club and served as its president. 

Her oldest granddaughter, Missy Newton Ridgeway, attempted to call Jo Doris, “More Mommy,” which was shortened to “Momommy.” She was Momommy to nine grandchildren and spouses and 16 great-grandchildren, as well as her other in-laws.  When her children and grandchildren visited, “Momommy” would prepare a huge breakfast with homemade biscuits. The grandchildren would compete to see who would get the last biscuit.

She is survived by her children, Lynda Newton, of Knoxville; Jim (Page) Leftwich, of Starkville, Mississippi; Barbara Froula, of Knoxville; and Jack (Debbie) Leftwich, of Lebanon; grandchildren, Missy (Lynn) Ridgeway, of Florence, Alabama; Peri (Brian) Wright, of Powell, Ohio; Andy Newton, of Mobile, Alabama; Matt (Carol) Froula, of Atlanta; Jason (Tori) Leftwich, of Nolensville; Anna (Sean Morris) Froula, of Greenville, North Carolina; Jim (Marti) Leftwich, of Mobile, Alabama; Leigh (John) Knowles, of Lebanon; and Jody (Tad) Engle, of Nashville. She is also survived by 15 great-grandchildren, and two nieces, Betty Jo (Charles) Dedman and Ann (Jimmy) Maynard, both of Lebanon.

The family appreciates the loving care she received at Southern Manor.

Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-9393.

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