1/7/13 — Virginia Dell Person

Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Dell Person, age 80, of Manchester will be conducted Monday, January 7, 2013 at First Baptist Church in Manchester with Dr. Brenton Cox officiating.

Interment will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma, TN.

Visitation will be held Sunday evening from 5:00-8:00 PM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel.

Mrs. Person passed away Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the Villages of Lake Highlands, in Dallas, TX.

She was born August 6, 1932 in Yoakum, Texas the daughter of the late Eugene Herman Rice and Dora Laurette Owen Rice.  She was the fifth child of seven children raised in a strong christian home.

After graduation from Yoakum High School, Virginia (Ginny) went on to beauty school and learned skills that she practiced on family and friends wherever and whenever needed.  After marrying, she raised five children. Ginny was  always young at heart, and quite naturally set an example of a work ethic that few could match.   Her main focus, in addition to her family was service in the church and she worked diligently with children, teenagers, in the choir and pulpit committees and as director of various groups. Her laughter and joy was infectious to all around her and the zest she had for new skills such as quilting, knitting or wallpapering was amazing.  Family and friends just tried to keep up!! She had a unique heart to serve.  Regularly bringing people into her home to get back on their feet while also having  a capacity to go where needed, comfort the hurting, rescue the lost and listen to broken hearts was beyond measure.  Ginny just wanted to know how she could help.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Hans Anton Person,  great grandchild William Reavis and two nieces, Gena Turner and Deborah Batson.

Survivors include five children, Breta Gaylene Alexander and husband, Steve of Oak View, CA; Bridget Lynette Person of Manchester, TN; Doretta Joy Little and husband, Ted of Show Low, AZ; Karen Luann Person of Dallas, TX; son, Roderick Hans Person and wife, Suzanne of Argyle, TX; twelve grandchildren; Russell Alexander, Candice Alexander, John Alexander, Paul Reavis, Jennifer Hooie, Lucas Little, Laura Loutzenheiser, Justin Little, Jacob Davis, Derek Davis, Jordan Person and Elijah Person; and nine great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are three brothers, Meeks “Mickey” Owen Rice of Yoakum, TX; William Eugene Rice, Tomball, TX; John Rustin Rice of Desoto, TX; and three sisters, Marion Jean Davis of Yoakum, TX; Frances Rae Liljequist of Harrison, AR; and Helen Joyce Turner of Lindale, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 1006 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester, TN  37355 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 201 West Lincoln Street, Tullahoma, TN  37388.