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Mrs. Juanita Shannon Woods was the second child and only daughter of four children born to Freddie and George Shannon in Savannah, Tennessee. She was born on August 29, 1928 and peacefully departed life on July 31, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, George E. Shannon and Willie L. Shannon, and her husband Arthur E. Woods.

Juanita and her family moved to Chattanooga in 1936, where Juanita graduated from Howard High School in 1947. After her graduation from high school, Juanita went on to earn her BA degree in Mathematics from Fisk University, a MS degree in Mathematics and Education from A&I State University (now TSU), and a Masters in Teaching of Mathematics from Purdue University. On November 25, 1953, Juanita was joined in Holy Matrimony to Arthur Edward Woods. To that union was born one daughter, Arlene Renita Woods Harris. Additional joys of her life were her two grandchildren, David and Renita Harris. Juanita was a very dedicated wife, mother, and grand-mother.  Juanita taught in the Chattanooga Public School System for 17 years at East 5th Street Elementary and Howard School. During her time at Howard, she founded Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society. Following her tenure in the public-school system, she taught at Chattanooga State Technical Community College (CSTCC) for 24 years. Juanita was the first black woman on the faculty, and retired as Director of the Remedial/Developmental Studies Division. Juanita simultaneously taught as an adjunct math professor at UTC from 1974 to 1984, while still teaching at CSTCC. Upon her retirement from CSTCC in 1993, she returned to UTC as an adjunct professor in mathematics. She also tutored many children and adults free of charge. Juanita accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age. For over 60 years, she was a member at First Baptist Church, East 8th Street. During her time at First Baptist she served as Superintendent of Sunday School, Co-Director of Youth Fellowship, Chairperson of the 104th Church Anniversary, Chairperson of the 1970 Face Lifting Project, and Chairperson of the Pastor Search Committee. Juanita was the first and only female deacon at First Baptist Church.  Juanita was a golden life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, and actively participated in both the Pi and Pi Omega Chapters for 70 years. During this time, she served as the Director of Pi Omega Chapter’s Summer Mathematics and Science Camps.  In the 1960’s and 70’s, Juanita was an active member of Jack and Jill of America, the Chattanooga Chapter. She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa Educational Association, the Retired Teachers Association, and the TSU Alumni Association. She also served as a member on the Friendship Haven Board of Directors, serving as the Board Chair from 1983 to 1989. Juanita loved to play bridge, and was certified as a Bridge Teacher, and was a member of the American Contract Bridge League. She was also a member of the American Bridge Association. Locally, Juanita was a member of The Grand Slammers, Diamond Duplicate, and The Clairvoyant Socialite Bridge Clubs. Juanita traveled to many bridge tournaments all over the country, and also taught bridge lessons in her home. 

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Arlene Renita Woods Harris, Huntsville, AL; grandchildren, David and Renita Harris, Huntsville, AL; brother, Henry Charles Shannon, Chattanooga TN; nephews Frederick and Leslie Shannon, New York, NY; devoted nephew, Jerry Woods, Chattanooga TN; nieces Sabrina Shannon (Atlanta, GA), La June Ray (Fayetteville, NC), and Georgette Shannon (Chattanooga, TN); devoted niece and travel companion, Linda Woods Johnson, Chattanooga TN, and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dedicated friends.

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Ivy Beyond The Wall ceremony will be held Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm and the family will receive friends from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the funeral home.  The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, August 9th at Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church.  Interment: Chattanooga National Cemetery. Arrangements by John P. Franklin Funeral Home, 1101 Dodds Avenue, 622-9995.

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  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ John P. Franklin Funeral Home
  • Thursday, August 1, 2019
    The class of 1967, send your family our deep and heart felt sympathy, in the loss of your loved one, we are praying for God to comfort and keep you.
    ~ Howard High School Alumni class of 1967   Chattanooga, TN
  • Monday, August 5, 2019
    Arlene, please know that I am here for you during this time. You have been such an awesome daughter and the love and care you showed your mom the last weeks is an example to all. Lifting you up in prayer Sis.
    ~ Valerie Harris   Huntsville, AL
  • Tuesday, August 6, 2019
    Arlene you have my deepest sympathy in the passing of your dear mother. There are no words. Just know the Holy Spirit is the great comforter!! You were a great daughter who made her mother proud! And your children were great grandkids who loved their grandmother. To God be the glory!!
    ~ Lily Jones   STONE MOUNTAIN, GA
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2019
    To Arlene and the Shannon Family, my condolences goes out to you and the family during time of bereavement. I will remember you in my prayers. During this temporary absence of your loved one may God give you the comfort, strength, and peace as you needed it day by day.
    ~ Sonya C Shannon   Chattanooga, TN
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019
    Mrs. Woods - such a wonderfully sweet tiny lady. Met her 33 plus years ago at CTSCC. She taught so much in that one math class: Listen, Pay Attention, Read and Do your home work...the rest will fall into place. She's right. May God bless and bring comfort to you and your family in your loss.
    ~ Sheree   Rossville, GA
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019
    My condolence to the Family, Mrs Woods was one of my wonderful teachers at Howard Class of 1970
    ~ Linda Donaldson Ervin   Saint Louis, MO
  • Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    Arlene and Sabrina, my sincerest sympathy to you both as well as your family. May God watch over you all during this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    ~ Cheryl Smith   Ooltewah, TN
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019
    Mrs Woods was my first grade teacher at East Fifth Street School. I will never forget her. May your family always remember the happy memories you all share, and may God be with you.
    ~ Louise Terrell Miles   Chattanooga
  • Thursday, August 8, 2019
    My most sincerest sympathy in the passing of your mother. I worked with your mother in the seventies when I was employed by then Commissioner John Franklin. She worked with high school seniors in a summer program preparing for college. It was an honor to work with her because she made the students work hard and gave them a vision and hope. Those same students went on to enter into various colleges and did well. I said all of that to let you know that your mom touched the lives of so many young people, some that she probably never saw again but had a great influence on their lives. She will be missed but her legacy lives on her in this city. You have a lot to be proud of Arlene. Please let your children know that their grandmother is a legend in her own way here in Chatta-town and she will not be forgotten because she left her mark on too many people!! Thank you for sharing her with the community of Chattanooga. And thank you for allowing me the honor of designing her program for her service. Because it was truly an honor to be asked to be in charge of that task. You could have gone to any printer in this city and asked them to be in charge of the program for her service but instead you asked me and I feel honored to have been asked. Thank you for entrusting her final memories to me. My blessings to you and your family in the days ahead. ~Jennifer Wyatt, Wyatt's Originals Chattanooga, TN