Judith Carolyn Bible, 74, of Russellville, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbert Raymond and Agnes Easley Bible; cousins, Mark Trobaugh and Libby Anderson. She is survived by cousins, Robert (Bob) Bible, Raymond (Ray) Bible, Sarah Bible Demers, Laura Bible Gould, Ann Fulkerson Rickman, Maggie Fulkerson, Becky Trobaugh McCrory, Cindy Trobaugh, Greg Anderson (Elaine), Clint Anderson; godchildren, Sarah Jackson, Ashley Jackson Dunn (Isaiah), Bes Jackson Bedwell (Brandon), Kelsi Jackson Dunn (Joshua), Joseph Richard Jackson II; great godchildren, Jayden Bedwell, William Dunn II, Jouren Dunn, Tristan Dunn, Lydia Dunn, Edmund Dunn, Mila Dunn, and Silas Dunn. She will also be missed by special friends, Andy, Tasha, Austen and Spencer Grooms and Kay Senter, among many other dear friends and relatives.
Judy was born on August 31, 1945 and grew up on the Bible farm at Anderson Bend on Cherokee Lake near Russellville. During her senior year at Morristown High School, Judy was part of a special accelerated program, completing her senior year and her freshman year at ETSU (1963) at the same time.
After graduating from ETSU, Judy taught English for over 40 years at Morristown-Hamblen East High School.
Judy was a member of the Christian faith. Her faith was not only on display in her numerous Facebook posts but also in how she talked about the Lord and how she treated others. She attended Three Springs Baptist Church in Whitesburg, as well as other area churches.
Judy was an avid student of her family history and meticulously traced her branch of the Bible clan back through multiple generations, from their origins in Germany, to their journey to America, to their service in the American Revolution, to their trek from the Shenandoah Valley to Greene County in the late 1700s, and, ultimately, to the home place where she was raised. She took pride in the fact that the foundations for the first Bible home could still be seen on what is now an island in the lake, and that the covered wagon that brought her branch of the Bible clan from Virginia to East Tennessee was donated to the Davy Crockett Tavern Museum, where it can be seen today.
Not surprisingly, Judy was a patriotic American, an avid observer of the political scene and faithful to cast her vote. She was a caring neighbor, always looking out for the interests of others. She believed in being a good steward of the land and the wildlife. Judy loved life on the farm, getting up before the sun, raising cattle, protecting the integrity of the land and nurturing community relationships. She was totally committed to preserving the family farm land and the way of life in the community. Judy was an integral part of the community on Anderson Bend where she lived in the home place. The individuals who live on Anderson Bend are more than neighbors; they are a tight knit group, a family that helps each other and
While Judy had no biological children, she was a mother figure to many who passed through her classroom year after year at East High. One of her students, lamenting her death, commented: “Judy was a beautiful lady with a golden heart. When she told you that she loved you, you felt it came from her heart. She touched many lives in a wonderful way. Many students benefited from her wisdom and love. Rest in peace dear lady.”
The body will lie in state from Monday, April 27, 2020 through Friday, May 1, 2020 at Allen Funeral Home during normal business hours for those who wish to pay their respects.
Judy Bible will be buried at Bethesda Cemetery with her family in a graveside service with Kenyn Cureton and Isaiah Dunn officiating.
Donations may be made to the Morristown Boys & Girls Club Inc., 311 Sulphur Springs Road, Morristown, TN 37813 or Kingsport Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, 106 Ferrell Avenue, Suite #1, Kingsport, TN 37663.
Allen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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