Lillian Taylor Woody, 96, passed away peacefully at St. Francis hospital in Memphis on August 10, 2020 from injuries sustained from a fall in her home. She was preceded in death by her husband Grady Graper Woody who died July 13 of this year. They were married during World War ll while Graper was serving in the Army. They celebrated their 77th Anniversary in April.
Lillian was born to James Eli and Fannie Taylor in Scotts Hill, Tn, in 1923. At a young age she discovered the piano, playing at church and other functions and for years taught the piano. Even when she was 96 Graper would ask her to play WWll -era songs, popular during their courtship and the early years of their marriage.
Lillian always loved flowers and became especially fond of African Violets. She devoted a space in her home and grew hundreds of violets eventually selling them commercially. She had drawers full of first place ribbons won competing in shows and was past president of the Memphis African Violet Society. After Graper retired he and Lillian moved to a small farm near Scotts Hill. Now she had time and space to devote to her beautiful roses, irises, lilies and many others. People passing in their cars would often stop and admire her flower garden. Lillian had a huge heart, an abiding faith and a great love of all her family. When she gave you a big hug and said “I am so glad to see you” one knew she meant it. Lillian is predeceased by her late husband, Graper, her sister Pauline Reed and brother J.E. Taylor. She is survived by sons Charles and Danny(Christine),her sister Kathleen Robins of Decaturville, her step-grandson Michael Masterson, and her brother and sister-in-law Dock and Mary Ann Woody, sister-in-law Sharon Woody of Cleveland,TN and numerous nieces and nephews.The family wishes to to give special thanks to her caregivers Minnie and Janice. Due to Covid-19, funeral services are private.
Reed's Chapel - Scotts Hill is in charge of arrangements.
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