Virginia Vadine Miller Vanhoose passed to her eternal home on July 12, 2023. During her short battle with cancer, she was surrounded by family and friends. Services will be at 3:00 pm on Tuesday July 18, 2023, at Arrington Funeral Directors in Jackson, TN. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm and continue until the service time. The entombment will follow at Highland Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Virginia was born on the 30th of December 1933 to Rena and W.R. Miller in Madison County, Tennessee. She spent her formative years in the Beech Bluff community where she attended school, made friends, and laid the foundation for the incredible woman she would become.
Virginia married and moved to Hardin County, Tennessee only to return to Madison County to raise her five children next door to her parents. Here she created a loving home where she taught the kids to love Jesus and practice His values. The family attended Pleasant Hill Baptist church where they would become members. Virginia was an exceptional seamstress and would make clothes for the children and custom furnishings that made their house a home.
Taking care of five children allowed her to develop exemplary cooking skills that generations of her family grew to treasure. At family gatherings, everyone would rant and rave about her chocolate and coconut pies.
Virginia made a living at the American Olean Tile Company where she worked diligently to provide for her family and ultimately retired after 30 dutiful years. Three decades of committed work is certainly an impressive feat, but it’s made even more so by her status as a single mother. Her career exemplified hard work and perseverance, values that she instilled in her children, and they passed along to theirs.
Despite any obstacles life sent her way, Virginia always had a big heart full of remarkable kindness, compassion, and empathy for all people. Her charming laugh and long Southern drawl were sure to make any encounter a happy one. Virginia was incredibly thoughtful, and made sure not a single child, grandchild, or great-grandchild had a birthday where they didn’t receive a loving card.
Virginia loved to watch her Vols play, listen to birds chirp and play in her yard, and definitely loved all of her Boston Terrier puppies: Pug, Benji, Buster, and Beau – who were family staples.
Most of all she loved Jesus. She never stopped attending church and finding fellow Christians to fellowship with. Up to her death, she attended Englewood Baptist Church and was a member of the JOY Sunday School Class. A class she said contained some of the most caring women she’d met.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her son; Tommy Vanhoose, granddaughter; Shannon Shackelford, and her brothers; Roy Miller and Freddie Miller.
Virginia is survived by a long list of friends and family built through her lifetime of devotion to others. This includes her children; Jimmy Vanhoose (Ann), Sharon Shackelford (Hank), Vicki Bickerstaff (Billy), Sheila Campbell Bennie (Joe);her sister; Lucille Emerson (Johnny) and her grandchildren; Rodney Vanhoose (Monica), Kimberly Holland (Brent), Kristy Phillips (Lance), Rocky Vanhoose, Blake Bickerstaff (Rebecca), Amanda Feldpausch (Tom), Drew Campbell, and Benjamin Bickerstaff (Katie) as well as, her great-grandchildren: Bailey Phillips, Grace Vanhoose, Andrew Vanhoose, Tommy Vanhoose, Jack Holland, Hunter Phillips, David Holland, Brylan Bickerstaff, Owen Vanhoose, Marley Bickerstaff, and Brewer Bickerstaff.
The family would like to thank the entire staff at AHC in Savannah, TN for the wonderful compassionate care they gave our mother and the whole family.
The family request no flowers, but donations can be made in memory of Virginia to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund: 25 Pleasant Hill Church Rd, Jackson, Tn. Or to Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue, c/o Altadena Valley Animal Clinic, 2898 Acton Road, Birmingham, AL 35243, or http://www.bhambtr.org/donate.html
Arrington Funeral Directors, 148 W. University Parkway, Jackson, TN 38305
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