Edna Lou Chaffin

Born in Palmyra, TN on November 21, 1922

Departed on December 10, 2012 and resided in Nashville, TN

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CHAFFIN, Edna Lou Neblett "Puny"- passed away peaceably Monday, December 10, 2012. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that she had touched in some small way. Her gentle smile, tiny fingers and sweet sense of humor brought so much joy to everyone. Mrs. Chaffin was born November 21, 1922 in Palmyra, TN, the youngest of 13 children. She was preceded in death by parents, William Robert Lee Neblett and Annie Lou McCauley. Her grandmother, Ophelia Harper, was a Cherokee Indian, a distant cousin to "Pocahontas". She attended Clarksville High School and Austin Peay State University. She is survived by her loving husband of 70 years, Asberry "John" Warden Chaffin; daughter, Sherry Einwag Don; sons, John Perry Chaffin Janie and Scotty Chaffin; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and three great, great-grandchildren. Mrs. Chaffin was an active member of Pasquo Church of Christ. With her husband, A.W. "John" Chaffin, they built the first professional dinner theatre in Nashville, "The Barn Dinner Theatre" now Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. She also started the first child care center in Nashville, "The Play Pen". Although she was so tiny and petite, she gave us all such courage and hope and reminded us of the preciousness of life. She enjoyed traveling and reading. A life celebration service will be at 2pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home with Marc Jones officiating. Interment to follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens. Visitation, 4-8pm on Tuesday, and 11am-2pm on Wednesday at HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, 615 646-9292. www.afamilylegacy.com

13 Comments to Edna Lou Chaffin

  1. Jane and Bob Borne
    December 10, 2012 12:00 am

    May the Chaffin family celebrate Puny’s life with wonderful memories.
    We love you Sherry. Only met your Mom once but feel I know her through your stories and memories.
    We are thinking about you, Don and your family at this time.
    Puny must be smiling down from heaven.
    Bob and Jane

  2. Nancy Martin Wagner
    December 10, 2012 12:00 am

    Dear Sherry, Don, and family,
    We are thinking of you and we know how much you loved your Mom :
    Nancy & Bruce

  3. Nancy/Bob Moore/Ricci
    December 10, 2012 12:00 am

    Sherry and Don
    Our prayers and thoughts are with you
    Bob and Nancy

  4. Gayle and Jack Mutchnik
    December 10, 2012 12:00 am

    Dear Sherry,
    With a name like Puny, her name must say it all. Love all of the stories that you have shared about your parents being in the theater business.
    May she rest in peace and May God give you the peace that passeth ALL understanding.
    This is her final curtain.
    Love and prayers ,
    Gayle and Jack Mutchnik

  5. Don Einwag
    December 10, 2012 12:00 am


    We are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. May your memories bring you confort.

    Love Don, Vickie, and Jessica

  6. Kelley Allen
    December 10, 2012 12:00 am

    Sorry for the loss of your Mom, Grandma, wife and wonderful everything Puny was to all of you. I am a friend of Scotty’s from way back. My prayers are with you all.

    Kelley Allen

  7. Nelda Lee Sturgeon
    December 10, 2012 12:00 am

    Our loss is Heaven’s gain. We will all miss her very much. She was such a lovely person inside and out. What an amazing, rich and loving life she shared with all of us. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, John & Janie, and all the family & friends who loved her so dearly.

  8. Dianne McDevitt
    December 11, 2012 12:00 am

    Sherry, Don and Family,

    I was so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Thinking of you and sending my love and support. Di

  9. John Perry Chaffin, Jr.
    December 11, 2012 12:00 am

    I will miss you Granny

  10. Alice and Tom Lance
    December 12, 2012 12:00 am

    Sherry and Don, We read the obit and your mother sounded like a sweet, remarkable woman. We wish we could be there for the celebration of her life but we will have you in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. G.R. and Betty Davis
    December 12, 2012 12:00 am

    We are so sorry to hear of Miss Puny’s departure from this world but so joyful to know she is once again smiling and making heaven a better place, just as she did on earth for so many years. G.R. & Betty Davis

  12. Kathy Ogles
    December 13, 2012 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this challenging time. I was saddened to read of Edna’s passing yet warmed by thoughts of the old days with she and John. She was a grand lady with a great heart, radiant personality and a gift of laughter. Heaven has gained a beautiful angel who will continue to watch over her friends and family forever. May you find peace and solice in her memory.

  13. Joan Odom
    December 13, 2012 12:00 am

    Such an extraordinary life Mrs. Chaffin led! The Barn was such a large part of my childhood. Between the Chaffin’s theatre and Cumberland County Playhouse, I was inspired to make acting on the stage my vocation. I send warm thoughts to the family at this time~