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.