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Virginia Sue Harris

December 12, 1928 — November 7, 2019

  Virginia Sue “Ginger” Lampley Harris, age 90, of Kingston Springs passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Ginger was born December 12, 1928 in Kingston Springs to the late Ernest and Hazel (Jamison) Lampley. She is also preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Robert E. Harris, also a lifelong resident of Kingston Springs, and three sisters—Marie Lampley Martin, Ernestine Lampley Hallman and Rebecca Lampley Dillingham. She attended school at Kingston Springs Elementary, Bellevue High School and then Nashville Business College. After graduation she worked as a buyer for Loveman’s Department Store, then as an accounting assistant for James Bowers, CPA, followed by a long career of 31 years as Manager of the South Cheatham Utility District during which she was selected to be a Representative on the Tennessee Utility District Credit Union Board. Early in her retirement, Ginger and Robert loved spending their winters in Key Largo with her sisters and their husbands.  As years passed, she enjoyed annual trips to Panama City Beach with her sister, Rebecca.  She adored sharing coffee, cards, and workouts with her friends at the YMCA.  She always treasured visits with friends and reading the Bible on her garden patio where she loved watching the birds. Blessed with a volunteer spirit, Ginger gave freely of her time for the PTA, Girl Scouts, Kingston Springs Community Club, Meals on Wheels, The Ark and other non-profits. She was a founding member of Kingston Springs Historical Association (CCHGA) and a lifelong member of the Kingston Springs United Methodist Church. There, she served as a Sunday School teacher, UMW leader and choir member for well over 50 years, and in many elected church committee positions including Delegate to the Annual Conference. Deeply loved, Ginger lived her full life with courage, optimism, humor and a deep abiding faith. As the matriarch of a large extended family, she was highly respected for her champion spirit, exceptional wisdom, intelligence and wit. Faith in God, family and community guided her life. There are generations of children, now adults, which claim her as their second Mom and will miss her smile and her sage advice. Fiercely loyal to her family, church and community, she was adored by all that knew her and only last year served as the Grand Marshal for the Kingston Springs Christmas Parade. She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer Harris Scoble (John) of Franklin, TN and Hollye Harris Rider (Lance) of McKenzie, TN, six grandchildren: Anne-Marie Hollis (Ryan), Carson Rider (Jesse), Alex Rider (Rebecca), Grant Scoble (Mallory), Braxton Rider and Anders Rider and three great- grandchildren—Mac Hollis, Hank Rider and Violet Scoble. Visitation will be held at Kingston Springs United Methodist Church on Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., prior to her Celebration of Life at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery, 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, Tennessee at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 18. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be sent to Kingston Springs United Methodist Church, 368 North Main Street, Kingston Springs, Tennessee 37082.
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