Woody Esco Nicely, age 82, of Washburn, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. He was a member of Washburn Baptist Church. He was a wonderful husband and father, and an avid sports fan. He was especially enjoying the success of the Vols football team this season.
He was employed from 1958 – 1966 with the ASC Office – U.S. Department of Agriculture, and as a rural mail carrier from 1966 – 1999 with the U.S. Postal Service. He was active in many civic and governmental activities: Assistant Secretary-Treasurer Tennessee Rural Carrier’s Association 1986 – 1987, Secretary- Treasurer Tennessee Rural Carrier’s Association 1988 -1989, Grainger County School Board 1996 – 2000, Grainger County Election Commission 2002 – present, Director – Grainger County Chamber of Commerce, President Washburn Ruritan Club, President Washburn Jaycees, President Washburn PTA, served on the Grainger County Industrial Board and Grainger County Planning Commission. He was also instrumental in obtaining utility water for the Washburn and Powder Springs area.
He was preceded in death by infant daughter, Stacy; parents Doyle and Evelyn Nicely; brothers Bobby, Johnny, Ricky, and Danny Nicely; and sister, Diane Haynes. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Jenny; daughter Lisa Taylor (Joey Stapleton); son Barry (Cristen) Nicely; grandchildren Morgan and Andy Taylor, Whitley (Tyler) Washam, Conner Cawood; great-granddaughter Addilyn Washam; sisters Patricia Seal and Terry Nicely; and several brothers and sisters-in-law; many nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, and 1 grand-niece.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Friday, November 4 at Smith-Reagan Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 8:00 pm with Rev. Randy Beeler officiating. Interment at Doyle Wayne Needham Cemetery in Powder Springs Saturday, November 5 at 1:00 pm.
Pallbearers: Andy Taylor, Tandy and Taylor Nicely, Shawn Seal, Wesley Nicely, Ryder Wolfenbarger, and Tyler Washam.
Honorary Pallbearers: Members and staff of Grainger County Election Commission
Services entrusted to Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge, www.smithreaganfuneralhome.com