We wish a sad and loving farewell to wife, mother, and sister, Tobie L. Bledsoe who died Thursday, December 13, 2018.
Tobie was born December 11, 1939 in Unicoi, Tennessee and the daughter of the late Grady & Rozelle Robineete Briggs. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Baxter Johnson Bledsoe and a nephew, Douglas Bledsoe.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Jonesborough.
She was head surgical nurse at Northside Hospital for 25+ years and served on numerous boards and community-oriented organizations.
In 1974, Baxter and Tobie, along with their four children, moved to Jonesborough, where Tobie served as Alderman and Mayor of Jonesborough.
Survivors include her children, Billy (Jennifer), Virginia “Sissy” (Edward Mattie), Maria, and Jonathan (Stacy); siblings, Patsy Crowe, Raymond Briggs, Larry Briggs and Michael Briggs; brother-in-law, Byron Bledsoe and wife Betty; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close and wonderful friends.
Memorial services will be conducted 4:00 pm Monday, December 17, 2018 at Jonesborough Senior Citizens Adult Center (named in honor of Tobie).
Tobie will be laid to rest with her husband, Baxter at Mountain Home National Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Washington County EMS for their attendance and care for both Baxter and Tobie. We would thoughtfully encourage any consideration family and friends could make to this organization. They are a credit to our community.
I am so sorry for your loss. Tobie was always diplomatic, calm and kind. She was a great OR supervisor. There was nothing that seemed to "rattle" her or dim her smile!
Robert and Connie Denney
Please count us among the many
thinking of you, wishing you peace
Betty McCampbell Roberts
Tobie & I were classmates & had rms. next door to each other
@ St. Mary's School of Nursing. We recently moved to Sulphur
Springs from Middle Tn due to my husband's health I talked w/
your Mom a few wks. back.She said her health was bad. I'm so
sorry for your loss. Tobie was a special person, for sure. All of our
class has memories of our 3 yrs. together with your Mom playing a
huge part in those.
Praying for your peace and comfort, Betty Roberts.
As you know, you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers for a while, but especially now. I know how it is to have that support during the death of a loved one. Don't be afraid to lean on those who offer their care and support during this time.
Celebrate your mother and hold all your sweet memories close.
To the Bledsoe family sending my deepest
sympathies. There are so many wonderful
memories of the times we shared. She was
always so complimentary of my profession
as a nurse and hobbies of Art and
needlework. I cherish those memories and
pray you find peace in your time of
To Pat and Larry Briggs and family. My deepest
condolences. May God give your family strength
and courage in the years to come. You all are in
my prayers. God Bless.
For so many years, Baxter and Tobie opened up their home to
Connecticut storytellers at the time of the annual National
Storytelling Festival. They encouraged us to take over their kitchen--
invite our friends from all over! It was home away from home.
Even though, Tobie was not in good health over the past couple
years, she insisted that we come, stay with her and use her
facilities. Jonesborough will not be the same without her.
Susan Delaine Kinley
Toby was the OR Supervisor at North Side Hospital when I first met her. I had just moved back to Tennessee after leaving an abusive marriage in Columbus Georgia. I had no job and needed to provide for my son Jason. I had only 1 year of nursing school and Toby gave me a job as an OR Tech. I will always be grateful to her for that, being such a great OR Manager and helping me and my son survive in a very difficult time.
To all the Bledsoe Family: I wish you peace and comfort. Tobie
and I met as neighbor's in the 70's. We shared a special
friendship which has continued for 40 plus years. I have never
known a grander lady. We did the first Christmas Progressive
Dinner together. I was a fan when she became Mayor. She
was undaunted by any task. I will miss her forever.
When I came to Jonesborough in 1993, I was so fortunate that
Tobie was in need of an surgical nurse. I applied and Tobie
hired me. For nine years it was wonderful friendship and her
surgery department became my family members. That was the
attitude she instilled in all her nurses, because she cared
about her patients, physicians and nurses. You could talk to
Tobie about anything personal or work related. It was such a
loss when the JCMC took our OR. She was missed when she
retired, as I know she is now.
My sincere sympathy to her children and family. May God
comfort each of you.
Joe Keever and family
I want to express my deepest sympathy to your family over the loss of your loved one. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. May GOD bless and comfort you all during this time of grief and sorrow. The Keever family.