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Emily Ogden Chaney, age 91, of Lebanon, Tennessee, passed away at her home on August 19, 2015. She was a long-time resident of Three Springs, Kentucky, having made her home in Lebanon the past eleven years.
She was a music graduate of Western Kentucky University, Cincinnati Conservatory School of Music and studied voice in New York City under the direction of Lottie Leonard, who was a Nazi Camp survivor. Mrs. Chaney was instrumental in launching the band program at Hart Memorial High School where she organized a Band Booster Club and spear headed the construction of a band room expanding the beginner band in the elementary schools and also taught band at Hart County High School. Before teaching in the public school system, Mrs. Chaney taught private piano lessons. She also served as choir director at Three Springs Baptist Church, Pleasant Valley Baptist Church and sang in the choir at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Thomas Fields "T.F." Chaney, her parents, Ellis and Emma Ogden, a half-brother, Robert Lyon, and a son, John Chaney.
She is survived by her daughter, Emilia Sasser and husband, Earl, North Augusta, SC, one son, Robert Chaney and wife, Lisa, Lebanon, Tennessee, seven grandchildren, Chad Sasser and wife, Kristy, Jason Sasser and wife, Kimberly, Matthew Chaney and wife, Sara, Luke Chaney and wife, Monica, Stuart Chaney and wife, Jennifer, Ashley Lile and husband, Matt, and Lynnsey Dedmon and husband, Travis, 15 great-grandchildren, one great, great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at Winn Funeral Home with Rick Ralston officiating with burial to follow in the Horse Cave Municipal Cemetery. Visitation at Winn Funeral Home from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1400 Donelson Pike, Suite B-5, Nashville, Tennessee 38217 or the Humane Society of Lebanon, 507 Jim Draper Blvd., Lebanon, Tennessee, 37087.
Emily was such a dear friend and meant so much to so many people, churches, and schools. She gave lessons to many young people that went on to be pianist in their churches later. Our church, Three Springs Baptist, was so happy to have Emily start a choir there in the late 1940's. Many have been blessed to have known Mrs. Emily Chaney and her family. We love you Emily.
Doris Grubbs Adams Aug 23 2015 12:00 AM
I remember her well. I always loved Emily and T.F. Please accept my condolences.
Betty Bryant Aug 23 2015 12:00 AM
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for your loss. May you find comfort in the words written at John 6:40, where God promises to bring back to life those we have lost in death by means of a resurrection. In the future He will also do away with our enemy, death. (1Corinthians 15:26) This gives us the wonderful hope of being reunited with our loved ones forever. Until then, I hope the memories of Emily and these promises from God comfort you in the days to come.
DJ Aug 22 2015 12:00 AM
What a great lady, so thankful to have known her and have been taught by her. Thinking of you the family in this time of sorrow and joy in honoring your Mother.
Carol Tichenor Vice Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM
I have so many pleasant memories from band at both Hart Memorial and Hart County High School. Mrs. Chaney devoted her life and time to us traveling to so many places often transporting us in her own car. She not only loved music, she loved us. Our special sympathy to Emilia and Robert and to all the family.
Wayne T. Galloway Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss. She was obviously a very talented, loved lady. May God give comfort in your time of sorrow.
Jim & Betty Beard Aug 21 2015 12:00 AM