Jeanne  Salyer

Obituary of Jeanne Eakin Salyer


Jeanne Eakin Salyer passed away at her home on Thursday November 21, 2019.  She was born December 20, 1920 to Joseph D. and Marjorie Bailey Eakin in Fayetteville, Tennessee.  She grew up in Petersburg, Tennessee, the oldest of seven children in an old Middle Tennessee family.


She attended the Morgan School, Agnes Scott College and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where she was a member of Chi Omega.  She later received her Masters of Education from the University of Chattanooga.


Following graduation from the University of Tennessee she married Robert M. Salyer of Knoxville.  They married June 12, 1943 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Following World War II they moved to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain where she continued to reside.


During her life she and Bob were blessed with many life-long friends, travels and quiet times at their home in the woods.  You could find her in the garden.


She taught the fifth grade at the Lookout Mountain Elementary School for twenty-five years.  She was a member with Bob, of the Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.  She was active in several clubs including the Lookout Mountain Book Club.  She also taught Yoga at the Downtown YMCA.


She supported her family in times of great happiness and devastating loss in their successes and hideous mistakes. She could be caustic and hilarious at the same time.  She took care of her children, grand children and great grand children with the same energy and devotion.  Ever a devotee of correct grammar.  No one was safe from correction.  At the last, a smile and the word “wonderful” when told the day was her great granddaughter’s birthday.


She was preceded in death by her husband of seventy-one years, Bob.  Her parents Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Eakin, Sr; sisters, Mary, Joanne and Betty; brothers Jody and John; mother-in law Nell Snodgrass Salyer. Her beloved grandson Andrew Eakin Moore preceded her in death.


She is survived by her daughter Joan Salyer Moore; son Robert David Salyer, Nashville, Tennessee; granddaughter Mary Emily Moore, Roanoke, Virginia; grandson Guy Ford Willingham, Jr.; great grand children : Sarah Willingham of Knoxville, Tennessee, Benjamin Moore, Isabelle Brooks and MacKenzie Brooks: brother Donald Bailey Eakin of Fayetteville, Tennessee.


She received love and support from her grandson Ford who made her wish to remain in her home possible. Hearth Hospice of Fort Oglethorpe also assisted and provided superior care for her.


“Now may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the fellowship and communion of the Holy Spirit be with you always.


Graveside services will be held at a later date at Forest Hills Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church or Chattanooga Christian School.



Arrangements are by Wann Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (423) 821-7551

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