5/11/15 —- Evelyn Kyle Eoff

Evelyn Kyle Eoff, 96, of Tullahoma, TN, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on her 96th birthday, May 7, 2015.

Evelyn was the youngest daughter born to the late Charles Smith Kyle and Isabelle Edge Kyle on May 7, 1919.

She grew up on her family’s farm 4 miles outside of Lebanon, TN, graduated from Lebanon High School, and attended Nashville Business College. She worked as a secretary in Lebanon when she met the late James Clair Eoff Jr., who was a student at Cumberland University in Lebanon, whom she married on November 7, 1944 for a wonderful happy marriage of 52 years. After her husband’s service in the US Navy following World War II, they settled in his hometown, Tullahoma, TN where his family were life-long residents. Clair Eoff was principal of East Lincoln Elementary School for 5 years before joining First National Bank for a 45-year career in banking. He was eventually promoted to president, then chairman of the board, and served as chairman emeritus until his death in 1996.

Evelyn, affectionately known by her family and close friends as “Meme”, lived a fruitful and happy life of 96 years. She was highly admired for her wisdom, humor, encouragement, and deep love of her family and friends. Evelyn was best known for her positive attitude and contagious laugh. She inspired countless people with her optimism and passion for life, which were based on her strong faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the providence of God, and His promises in the Holy Bible. She continually reminded all her family and friends that “things always work out for the best.” She not only believed and professed Romans 8:28 but lived it and practiced it through her optimistic lifestyle: “We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Evelyn was an active member of First Methodist Church, Lakeland Country Club, the Tullahoma Woman’s Club, and several bridge clubs. She was very active in her children’s school activities and their PTA’s. She was also an excellent cook and known for her famous creamed corn, roasted turkey, and dressing, which she made on special occasions, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Evelyn’s favorite hobbies were golf, bridge, travel, and attending University of Tennessee football games. She played golf twice a week until she was 81, and played bridge twice a week until this past winter. She also enjoyed watching sporting events on TV, especially UT football and Lady Vols basketball, Monday night pro-football, and golf events.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her daughter Evelyn “Lyn” Eoff Bass, her husband of 52 years James Clair Eoff Jr., her older sister Mary Belle Kyle Young, two older brothers George Martin Kyle and J. B. Kyle, and her parents Charles Smith Kyle and Isabelle Edge Kyle.

Evelyn is survived by her son, Dr. James Clair Eoff III & his wife, Ann of Germantown, TN; her son-in-law, Dr. A. Paul Bass III & his wife Judy of Tullahoma, TN; six grandchildren: Claire Bass Bobo and her husband Andy Bobo of Tullahoma, TN; Lyndsay Kyle Bass of Tullahoma, TN; Whitney Bass Newton and her husband Cameron Newton of Tullahoma, TN; William Edward Eoff and his wife Amy Eoff of Germantown, TN; James Alan Eoff of Memphis TN; and Joseph Wesley Eoff and his wife Anna Eoff of Lynchburg, VA; and thirteen great-grandchildren: Madelyn Claire Bobo, John Alexander Bobo, Samuel Neece Bobo, Taylor McLayne Bobo, Peyton Ryan Bell, Preston Riley Bell, Hudson Cash Newton, and Colton Cameron Newton Anna Virginia Eoff, Adam Oliver Eoff, Alex Edison Eoff, Laila Virginia Eoff, and Laith Gabriel Eoff.

Visitation will be at Kilgore Funeral Home, 215 Mitchell Blvd, flower 24Tullahoma, TN from 5-7 PM on Sunday, May 10, 2015.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 208 West Lauderdale at the corner of South Jackson Street in Tullahoma, at 1 PM on Monday, May 11, 2015.

Pallbearers are John T. Bobo, Mike Brice, Joe Lester, Dan Marcum, Don Ray, John Shipp, Dick Slater, Brac Thoma, and Darrell Williams.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made either to the Lynn Eoff Bass fund at First United Methodist Church of Tullahoma, TN or the James Clair Eoff Jr. Scholarship Endowment at Motlow Community College.

The family is deeply grateful and wishes to express our sincere appreciation for the loving and extraordinary care provided by the Life Care Center of Tullahoma.

Kilgore Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.