Jean Talbot

Born in Hickman, TN on December 13, 1930

Departed on August 26, 2016 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Jean Talbot, age 85 of Hendersonville, TN, was received into the merciful arms of the Lord on the morning of August 26, 2016.

Born in Hickman, TN on December 13, 1930, Jean was one of four children. Having grown up on a dairy farm during the Great Depression, Jean’s daily routine consisted of milking the cows before going off to her studies at school. In her experience of this tumultuous and uncertain time in history, she only knew of the Depression from what was heard over the airwaves while gathering with her family around the radio. As the years passed from adolescence to adulthood, she blossomed into a beautiful woman. Having many wonderful attributes, she will be remembered most as elegant, graceful, dignified, independent, stylish, loving, and faithful.

Her life in Christ manifested itself brilliantly in all of her undertakings. She was a lifelong member of the Church of God of Prophecy and a member for several decades of the Gallatin Church of God of Prophecy. Her children recount, “each and every day she’d pray for all of her family and friends by name.” Her faith was, without question, an inspiration to us all. Whenever anyone would visit Jean’s home they’d surely find evidence of her constancy; in fact, her well-worn bible was always open. Her love of and thirst for the Truth was a thirst for Jesus himself. Truth itself is not simply an abstract something, but rather a somebody, and that somebody is Jesus Christ.

Jean was an avid reader with an unquenchable appetite for knowledge. Religion, history, politics, and Israel were among her favorite genres. Naturally, being so well read, she maintained strong opinions when it came to politics, her faith, and current events. However, Jean had the ability to discuss most any issue with courtesy and grace. This was one of many ways in which she was multitalented.

In fact, during her twenty-five year tenure with General Electric she was named the first female supervisor. Although she worked for G.E. for a quarter of a century, her passion was employing her skills as a professional seamstress. Jean tailored custom dresses, suits, window treatments, blankets, and many other items from her own home. Her services benefitted many in and around the Hendersonville area. Several notable names from the country music community also commissioned her to augment their wardrobes and dress their homes. She also made countless pieces for her friends and family. Traditionally, Jean would outfit the nursery whenever a new baby was scheduled to arrive into the family. These and other treasured pieces will remain as cherished heirlooms. Jean will also be remembered for her abilities in the kitchen. Despite the years passing by and the family growing as large as it did, Jean managed to remember every individual’s favorite dish. She would prepare that dish for holiday gatherings and birthday dinners.

After a large family feast was served, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would spend a couple of hours washing dishes. Meanwhile, Jean would take the opportunity to clean out her refrigerator and gather up the necessary plastic containers to ensure that even a spoonful of someone’s favorite dish made it home with its rightful owner. Her love and care will be deeply missed but it will live on in our hearts forever.

She was preceded in death by her parents, H.M. and Beulah Cowan. Jean lost her first husband of eleven years, Glenn Blackburn; and then her second husband of ten years, John C. Talbot. Jean leaves behind her daughter, Amy Jean (Ted Bock) Dorris; sons, Andy Glenn (Sherry) Talbot, John Marvin Talbot; twelve grandchildren; thirty-two great-grandchildren; sisters, Juanita Weakley, Joyce Cowan; Carol Dupre; brother, Marvin Ray (Linda) Cowan; several nieces and nephews; and a host of treasured friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at “Team Isaac” or The Epilepsy Foundation at “Team Willpower.” Please be sure to click on the respective “donate” tabs and select the respective honor/memorial gift option.

The family will receive friends on Monday, August 29 from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. and again on Tuesday, August 30 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. A Celebration of Jean’s Life will follow visitation on Tuesday at noon. All will be held at Hendersonville Funeral Home, 353 E. Main Street, Hendersonville, TN 37075 615-824-3855 Interment will follow the chapel service at Brush Creek Cemetery in Smith County.

19 Comments to Jean Talbot

  1. Joyce Ballard
    August 28, 2016 9:05 am

    I grieve with you over the loss of our precious Jean, always kind, gracious, lovely, and so talented. She was a wonderful friend and one I shall never forget. I will miss her, but I know she is happy and glowing in the arms of her Friend Jesus. I pray that peace, comfort and strength covers the family for I know there is much sadness in the loss of such a special lady.

    Joyce Ballard – Birmingham AL

  2. Andy Talbot
    August 28, 2016 2:28 pm

    Our hearts are broken over the loss or our dear Mother! We are thankful for the long, faithful life of love that she led, for all that she taught us and for the example that she left behind. We will miss the prayers that she prayed for all of us on a daily basis. We are thankful for the many relationships that she nurtured with friends and family, and we are thankful for the opportunity to celebrate her life with you!

  3. Ann (Dorris) Woolwine, Dillan Petty, Monica Woolwine Jaffe and David Petty.
    August 28, 2016 3:50 pm

    Amy, Andy, Johnny and the remaining sweet members of the family of Mrs. Talbot. It is an honor for both my Brother Hal, myself and our Family, to be a part of your dear family. Words cannot express the sadness you each must be feeling at this time. Please know our prayers are with you and the love for the relationship that we do and will continue to have. God Bless, We Love You!

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  6. Mary H Rankin
    August 28, 2016 4:32 pm

    Jean was a good and kind friend, a lady, and a lovely person. I’m sorry to hear of her passing. I know her family will miss her gracious presence every day.

  7. Casey Talbot
    August 28, 2016 6:04 pm

    From the first time I met Nanny, she greeted me with her signature hug and how are you. She made me feel like I was so special. That’s what she did with everybody. She loved deeply and sweetly. We are commanded to love Jesus first with all our heart and then our neighbor as ourself. Nanny first loves Jesus and then others, but not as herself but above herself. She always placed everyone’s needs above her own. And oh my goodness, her love that she showed her family was so precious. She will continue to always be a role model in my life. She will be incredibly missed! We can honor her memory by loving others like she would. I know one day I will see her again and she will give me a “Nanny hug” and ask me how I’m doing!

  8. Juanita Weakley
    August 28, 2016 11:06 pm

    I do not have the words to tell you how much I loved my Sister (Jeannie). She was a role model for all of us. She was the oldest of us three girls. When Jeannie left for Heaven last Thursday, our ages were: Jeannie (85), Juanita (83), and Joyce (82). We were so close as Sisters., We all graduated from Watertown High School, lived on a diary farm, worked hard, and were taught by two of the greatest parents on earth, Marvin and Beulah Cowan. Each evening before retiring for bed, our Father got the big Family Bible and read scriptures to us, afterwards he would ask if any of us had anything against each other, if the answer was yes. He asked us to hug each other and ask forgiveness. Jeannie was an individual who loved the Lord Jesus with all of her heart, soul, mind, and strength. Andy, Amy, and Johnny and their families were the love of her life. Jeannie, it will never be the same without you at Thanksgiving and Birthday Get-To-Gathers. We will shed tears and speak of you often, we plan on seeing you one.

  9. michael Nicoletta
    August 29, 2016 8:52 am

    Our heart goes out to the Talbot family, Jean was truly a great ‘Southern Lady’, one who inspired many souls during her wonderful life and especially mine during my early years at GE. She will be missed, yet always remembered . . .

  10. Cleo Spears
    August 29, 2016 9:59 am

    Dear Talbot didn’t know your mom very well met her at church haven’t been going there very long but she was a very classy lady so sorry for your loss love Cleo Spears

  11. pfl
    August 29, 2016 1:00 pm

    My dear family. Sorry about your loss. When the enemy death strikes, the sting of death can be very painful, and can leave us with emotions that are hard to understand. Know that when you pour out your heart to God (Psalms 83:18) in prayer, He will give you His Peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your thinking and your heart. May the family stay together during this difficult times.

  12. Harold & Charlotte
    August 29, 2016 7:45 pm

    Andy – Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We never met your mother but she sounds like a wonderful mother and grandmother. We’ll be thinking about you tomorrow.

  13. Kuldip Tiwana
    August 29, 2016 7:52 pm

    So sad to hear about Jean’s passing I worked with Jean at GE she was such a beautiful personality. Saw her briefly at GE retiree’s lunch last April after 30+ years still the same graceful Jen I remembered from GE. I was hoping to see her again and go over last 30+ years but alas

  14. Karyn Laing
    August 29, 2016 9:20 pm

    Such a beautiful legacy she leaves to her lovely and adoring family…

  15. Ed Schenck
    August 29, 2016 10:26 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Talbot family. Jean was a long time associate at GE where she was an excellent associate first and then a long term friend. She graciously made the Field Commander outfit for our daughter while in the HHS Band about 30 years ago and it was beautiful. She was one fine, caring, and compassionate lady who will be missed. God Bless.

  16. Greg and Sharon Sanders
    August 30, 2016 9:24 am

    Jean glorified and worshiped our Creator God- our Lord and Savior- in all that she did as per the testimonies written above. Today she is in the presence of our God and our Lord and there she is in the presence of HIS GLORY, and with all who have gone on before Jean they are all worshiping HIM. How awesome that we one day may also have the privilege to be there, with her and others, in the presence of HIS GLORY- and to worship HIM forever! Today, and in the days to come, our love, prayers and thoughts go out to all in Jean’s wonderful family. May God give you comfort as you celebrate the dear life of Jean during her brief time here on earth and that today she is in the presence of her Lord and Savior.

  17. Trish Cullum
    August 30, 2016 10:47 pm

    I remember wonderful times from 44 years ago where Jean would welcome me into her home when I was a college roommate with Amy. Such a beautiful and wise woman and she encouraged me in so many ways. God bless her whole family at this sad but joyous time where she is now in the arms of the Lord. Thank you Lord for letting me know her.

  18. Jerrie Witherspoon
    September 1, 2016 7:32 pm

    So blessed to have known Mrs.Jean an worked with her at GE .She was so smart an i know that her family will miss her. But we know that she is with the Lord. GOD bless the famiy.

  19. Jack Schwartz
    October 12, 2016 1:36 pm

    Although I have read this obituary before of my dear friend, Jean, I just read it again today. I became acquainted with this special lady through my work at GE in Fort Wayne. She was my contact at the Owensboro, KY motor plant. From my very first phone conversation with her, I could tell that she was a woman of faith. We supported & encouraged each other for over 9 years. I had the privilege of meeting her several times. The thing I remember most about Jean was that she loved the Lord with all her heart. This was evident in the way she lived her life, and in the words she spoke. Secondly, she loved her family! She talked about Amy, Andy & Johnny often & shared much with me. If either one of us was having a stressful day, we would pick up the phone and call each other, just to talk. She was not only beautiful in appearance, but had a beautiful soul too. We continued to stay in touch over the years following GE, sharing emails regarding family, faith, and even politics. We were on the same page, and she worried so much about the direction this country has taken. Now she no longer has to worry, as she is in the arms of her Lord & Savior. Her faith became sight! You all had a very special mother, and I, a special friend. Until I see her again…peace.

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