Virginia Locke Isaacson

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Virginia Isaacson had a full and rich life. She loved to read, garden and never saw a movie she didn't like. She also loved to travel. She was bright and quick-witted but her true gift was music.

An active member of First United Methodist Church of Lewisburg, Tennessee, Virginia was a frequent soloist for the choir where many enjoyed hearing her sing her favorite hymn "How Great Thou Art." Virginia also was an accomplished pianist who loved to entertain at parties and for friends. She frequently livened up the lunch hour at St. Bernards Village, her home for the past several years.

She attended Southern Seminary for Girls in Virginia and graduated from Middle Tennessee State College, now MTSU, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Virginia proudly represented Murfreesboro in the Miss Tennessee pageant. She received a master's degree in education with a minor in music from Peabody College.

Always fun loving, she was enthusiastic about her pilot's license and enjoyed "buzzing" her father's car dealership. Virginia made her home in Lewisburg for 52 years where she taught school and served as vice principal. Virginia and her husband "Ike" moved to Jonesboro, Tennessee, in 2005 to be closer to family. Virginia quickly embraced Jonesboro, joining First United Methodist Church, a bridge club, the Master Gardeners and the Red Hat Society.

Virginia Locke Isaacson, 87, died at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. She was born in Shelbyville, Tennessee, on Oct. 5, 1927. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, Everett and Sarah Locke, sister Mildred Locke Cline and her loving husband of 61 years, Lloyd Linell Isaacson. She is survived by her brother, Jerry Locke (Donna) of Columbi, Tennessee; her three children, Michael Isaacson (Julie) of Jonesboro, Tennessee; Sarah Ann Menkel (Bill) of Franklin, Tennessee; and Allison Dunaway (Alan) of Memphis, Tennessee; and eight grandchildren, Erick and Locke Isaacson; Will, Alexandra and John Lloyd Menkel; and Taylor, Preston and Erin Leigh Dunaway.

Her memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 in the chapel at First United Methodist Church followed by visitation at her son's home, 410 Mallard Drive, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, lasting memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.