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Joyce J. (Gooch) Shollenberger

April 21, 1942 ~ December 25, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Joyce Shollenberger Obituary

Joyce J. Gooch Shollenberger, age 81 passed from this world peacefully at her home in Woodbury, TN on Christmas Day surrounded by her family.  She was born to the late Lizzie and Charles Gooch, Dawsonville Georgia.  She was the youngest of 8 children and lived most of her adult years in Georgia before relocating to Woodbury, TN.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 25 years, Forest Shollenberger, her parents and seven siblings.

She is survived by her six children Rex Martin, Woodbury, TN, Rhonda Merced, Woodbury, TN, Brian Martin, Okinawa, Japan, Mikkel Moon, Gainesville, GA, Aaron Moon, Woodbury, TN, Cedron Moon (Diana), Smithville, TN. She was also a mom to five of her sisters' children; Nancy Moon, Augusta GA, Keith Beck (Michelle), Winder, GA, Gina Kendrick(James), Gainesville, GA, Stacey Watson(Terry), Gainesville, GA and Phillip Beck, Smithville, TN and stepdaughters, Susan (Russ) Mayer, Alliance, OH, Amy Ladehoff (Patrick), Venice, FL, Sara Shollenberger, Woodbury TN,  23 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and an amazing sister, Geraldine Morris, Ballground, GA, several very special nieces and nephews along with extended special family members and close family friends too numerous to list.

Joyce lived much of her life in Georgia but relocated to Tennessee over 30 years ago and she quickly fell in love with the Woodbury community.  She and her late husband enjoyed farming and gardening their land sharing their bounty with others and she was an AMAZING cook. She was a Christian, attending Sycamore Baptist Church and faithfully supporting its members and congregation. Joyce was a very benevolent and giving person and would share her last dime with anyone that was in need or simply asked. She was also extremely proud of her Native American Indian heritage, and it was important to Joyce that her family continue that support. Her love for her family and close friends was fierce and knew no limits as many have said “She was truly one of a kind”.  Our hearts are broken but we rest in the assurance that she is with loved ones.  Her family would like to thank her many friends and neighbors, the clergy of Sycamore Baptist Church for their visits and support, her special stepdaughter Sara Shollenberger for her loving care and also the compassionate nurses from Amedisys Hospice Care during these difficult last days.  

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, December 28, 2023 in the Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Williams officiating.  Interment will follow in Sycamore cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be Wednesday, December 27, 2023 from 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

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December 27, 2023

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Woodbury Funeral Home

Funeral Service
December 28, 2023

2:00 PM
Chapel of Woodbury Funeral Home
504 W. Main St.
Woodbury, TN 37190

Interment following funeral service
December 28, 2023

Sycamore Cemetery

Woodbury, TN


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