Jaunita Jacobs Ridenour, of Sweetwater, passed away on March 20, 2019, at Sweetwater Hospital. She was a fourth generation member of First Baptist Church, organist for more than 60 years, a teacher at Sweetwater Elementary for 42 years, a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan College, and the mother of four children.
She was 89 years old.
Preceded in death by: her husband, Judge Billy R. Ridenour; daughter, Carla Ridenour Isbill; parents, Henry H. and Josie Jacobs; sisters, Josephine Whitman, Mage Rudd, Virginia “Bugg” Davis.
Survivors include: her daughter and son-in-law, Peggy Ridenour Shaw and Norman Shaw, of Knoxville;
Sons, Charles E. and Kathy Ridenour, Henry Ridenour, all of Sweetwater; Grandchildren, Tracey Ridenour Prince, Katie Ridenour Hatfield, Michelle Branson, Jennifer Dawson, Ryan Shaw, Lana Shaw, Rachel Ridenour, Will Ridenour; Eight great-grandchildren.
The family received friends from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019, at Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater. The funeral service followed at 6:30 p.m. in Kyker’s Chapel, with Dr. Leonard Markham officiating. A graveside service and interment was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019, in the Sweetwater Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Music Program.
Kyker Funeral Homes in Sweetwater is in charge of the arrangements. www.kykerfuenralhomes.com