Annette Woodmore Cothron, age 102 of the Hillsdale Community in Macon County, TN passed away Tuesday morning, March 28, 2023 at the Knollwood Manor in Lafayette, TN. Annette Woodmore Cothron were conducted Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. from the Lafayette First Baptist Church in Lafayette with Pastor Ron Mathis officiating. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Ronnie McDuffee, Bill Speck, Daniel Mathis, Matthew Mathis, Andrew Mathis, Kenny Cothron, Toby Woodmore, &
Wayland Cothron served as pallbearers. Randall West, Keith Cothron, Ferrell Meador, Gene Carman III, &Jimmy Wilburn served as Honorary Pallbearers.
Annette Woodmore Cothron was born September 6, 1920. With God’s blessing, she lived to be 102 years of age. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Cothron, in 1979, her mother, Jewel Goad Woodmore, and her father, Cherry Woodmore. Annette had a life-long passion for working with children in Special Education. She began her long journey of 120 miles per day for 15 summers to obtain an Education Specialist (EdS) Degree in Education from Middle Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt Peabody College of Education and Human Development. She taught school for 23 years and served as a supervisor for an additional 13 years. She wrote the special program the Tennessee Office of Certification utilizes to become certified as a Special Education Teacher. Macon County was the first county in the state of Tennessee to mainstream all its handicapped children into the general classroom population. This came about because of the untiring efforts of Annette Cothron and was implemented years before it was required by state law.
Very dear to her was being a member of Lafayette First Baptist Church which included the Queen Esther Sunday School Class and Woman’s Missionary Union. She served in many areas including being a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a member of several organizations: Lafayette Garden Club, United Women of Macon County, Macon County Retired Teachers Association, Nashville Rose Society, & Iris Society. After retirement, Annette began growing hundreds of roses, irises, and lilies. From these flowers she supplied endless bouquets to nursing homes, various social functions, and the Lafayette First Baptist Church alter each Sunday. Annette felt she had been greatly blessed by God with a wonderful supportive family and the support of many caring people of Macon County.
Survivors include: Daughters & Son-in-law, Carolyn Cothron of the Hillsdale Community, Robbie & James Ray Mathis of Lebanon, Grandchildren, Jennifer Mathis of Nashville, Jeff & Renee Mathis, Great-Grandchildren, Andrew Mathis of Lebanon, Daniel & Kristi Mathis of Chattanooga, Matthew & Hannah Mathis of Mt. Juliet, Great-great-grandchildren, Beau, Flora Jane, & Joseph Mathis, Brother, Billy Woodmore of Lebanon. Arrangements entrusted to Anderson & Son Funeral Home, Lafayette, TN 615-666-4011, andersonandsonfuneralhomes.com.