Elsie LeGarde Arrants, devoted mother, loving grandmother and consummate teacher is now with our Lord at 99 years young.
Born on Aug. 13, 1920, she was a resident of Bradley County and Cleveland. She peacefully passed on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1019, surrounded by family and friends.
Born in Sullivan County to the late C. W. LeGarde and Nannie Snapp LeGarde, she was preceded in death by her brother, Charles LeGarde in World War II; loving husband, Thomas W. Arrants; and son, Thomas W. Arrants III.
Left to cherish her memory is her son, Charles, and wife, Dr. Linda Hayles; and her grandson, Jonathan Arrants.
A true Tennessean, she graduated from Bradley High School in 1938, and subsequently from Lincoln Memorial University in 1947.
Growing up, she was most proud that she was, at only five foot two, a Bradley High School “Bearette” basketball player, and even played for the Lincoln Memorial University girls’ team in the 1940s while attaining her teaching degree.
The lives of thousands of students were impacted as she taught English and American government for more than 30 years at Bradly Central High School in Cleveland. After her retirement in 1982, she worked for years in adult education at the public library and enjoyed providing after school educational development for children.
Additionally, she was a volunteer at the Museum Center at Five Points, an avid golfer, founder of a book club, a member of the BSUMC lunch bunch and Over Eighties group at Broad Street United Methodist Church. A lifelong member of this church, she truly loved Tennessee, her hometown of Cleveland, her family, and anything related to women’s basketball. The outpouring of love and years of support delivered by Connie, Benita, Jackie, Picola and the cousins, nieces, nephews was truly a blessing.
She enjoyed this life and the fellowship of Broad Street United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, a donation is suggested to the newly founded Broad Street Church Trust, that is being established to help maintain the beautiful 175-year-old chapel. Additionally, a donation to Hospice of Chattanooga would carry her memory forward.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at 2 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Life at 3 p.m. at the Broad Street United Methodist chapel, 155 Central Ave. N.W., Cleveland.
Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Street Chapel has charge of the arrangements.
We encourage you to share your memories and condolences with Mrs. Arrants family by going to www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.
To send flowers or a memorial gift as proposed to the Broad Street United Methodist Church, or Hospice, in honor of Ms. Elsie LeGarde Arrants, please visit our Sympathy Store or visit the church website at https://app.easytithe.com/App/Giving/bsumc.
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