Juanita Shannon Woods was born to Freddie and George Shannon in Savannah, Tennessee, on August 29, 1928, and peacefully departed life on July 31, 2019.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, George E. Shannon and Wille L. Shannon, and her husband, Arthur E. Woods.
Juanita was a graduate of Howard High School class of 1947, and went on to earn degrees from Fisk University, A & I StateUniversity (now TSU), and Purdue University. Juanita taught in the Chattanooga Public School System for 17 years at East 5th Street Elementary and Howard School. Juanita also taught at Chattanooga State Technical Community College (CSTCC) for 24 years, and served as an adjunct math professor at UTC.
Juanita was a member of First Baptist Church, East 8th Street, for over 60 years, and was the first and only female deacon. She was a golden life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and was an active member of Jack and Jill of America, the Chattanooga Chapter during her daughter’s youth. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Educational Association, the Retired Teachers Association, and the TSU Alumni Association. Juanita also served as a member on the Friendship Haven Board of Directors, serving as the Board Chair from 1983 to 1989.
Juanita was a certified Bridge teacher and a member of the American Contract Bridge League, the American Bridge Association and locally, The Grand Slammers, Diamond Duplicate, and The Clairvoyant Socialite Bridge Clubs.
Left to cherish her memory, are her daughter, Arlene Renita Woods Harris, Huntsville, Al.; grandchildren, David and Renita Harris, Huntsville, Al.; brother, Henry Charles Shannon, Chattanooga; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dedicated friends.
The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Ivy Beyond The Wall ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, and the family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.
Arrangements are by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Ave., 622-9995.