Judith Rhinehart Browning Knapp

Born in Nashville, TN on November 5, 1938

Departed on February 27, 2014 and resided in Nashville, TN

  • Memorial Service: Belle Meade United Methodist Church

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    Judith Chloe Rhinehart Browning Knapp passed away on February 27, 2014, in Nashville, TN, after a long illness. She was born on November 5, 1938, to Murray and Frances Rhinehart, both of Clarksville, TN. She grew up in Cumberland Heights. She was married at Madison Street United Methodist Church in 1953 to Sgt. Leroy Jack "Brownie" Browning, of Durham, NC, who was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY. They met at a dance at Fort Campbell where her father, "Pop" Rhinehart, was entertaining with his orchestra. In the early years of her marriage, Judith volunteered for the Civil Defense and traveled with her husband and growing family, living in Munich and Augsburg, Germany, and Okinawa. In late 1962, she moved with her husband and two children, Jack and Candie, to Okinawa, while her husband served in Vietnam in an advisory role. Judith received a commendation for coordinating the August 1965 evacuation of all US military families stationed on Okinawa. After two tours of active duty, her husband, promoted to Command Sergeant Major of the 101st Airborne Division, was killed in action in Vietnam in June 1968. Judith remarried and the family moved to Nashville in 1972. She worked for several years as a dental assistant, and for the 27 years prior to her retirement she worked at Emma's Flowers & Gifts. In the mid-1990s, she transferred her lifelong membership at Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville to Belle Meade United Methodist Church in Nashville. An accomplished home chef, talented seamstress, avid gardener, artist, birder, and movie-lover, Judith encouraged her children in their own creative endeavors as a musician and a writer respectively. She enjoyed entertaining at her home in Bellevue; her home was always open to her children's friends. She is predeceased in death by her parents; her husbands, CSM Leroy Jack Browning and Michael Knapp; her sister, June Rhinehart Wright; her brothers, Alva and Gregory Rhinehart; and her nephew, Andrew Elliott. She is survived by her children, Leroy Jack Browning, Jr. and his wife Belinda; and Candie Browning Moonshower Johnson and her husband Carl Johnson; her grandchildren, Rex David Moonshower, and his wife, Jennifer, of Fort Myers, FL; Jack Browning Johnson, and Chloe Olivia Johnson; and her great-grandchildren, Blake and Bryce Moonshower. She is also survived by her sisters, Mary Jayne Rhinehart Slate and Susan Rhinehart Elliott Parham; her niece, Donna Wright Kieni; her nephew, Stephen Elliott; and other beloved family members. A celebration of Judith's life will be held on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at 1:30 PM, in the sanctuary of Belle Meade United Methodist Church. She will be interred with her husband, CSM Browning, at Fort Donelson National Military Cemetery, at a later date in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Warner Park Nature Center in her name for "Bird Research."

    12 Comments to Mrs. Judith Rhinehart Browning Knapp

    1. Karen Reed Dzioba
      March 8, 2014 11:26 am

      I have such fond memories of spending time with Candy and Ms. Judith in high school! She made the best tuna salad with apples and I surprise people all the time with that version. I was always in awe of her beauty and I know she will be missed here on earth but have no doubt there will be a reunion in heaven.

      Candy, my thought and prayers are with you and your family during this time. I know there is comfort in knowing how many lives your mom touched and I know she is smiling at the lovely way you have honored her life with your words.

      Sending my love,

      • Candie Moonshower
        March 8, 2014 12:11 pm

        Thanks, Karen–I still make that same tuna salad with apples and nuts, too–folks love it. Funny you should say that about my mom because I always talk about how, when y’all moved to Franklin, every time your mom knew I was coming out, she made her DELICIOUS fudge! xo

    2. Donna Kieni
      March 8, 2014 2:05 pm

      Candy, what a beautiful tribute to your mother. She was the epitome of grace and sophistication and a lover of the best that life has to offer. Were it not for her I would still be boiling a pot roast and wouldn’t have known what an herb was, let alone how to use them. She not only taught me how to cook, crochet, knit, decorate my home, but most importantly, that I was still lovable to her no matter how many mistakes I made. How very fortunate and honored I am to have been a small part of her life. I know that she would tell all of us at this difficult time to” put on your big girl and boy panties, stop the damned crying, pour the champagne, and get on with it!”

      You and Jack are cut from the same cloth and I love you all so very much.

      All my love, prayers and best wishes

    3. Susan & Gordon Parham
      March 8, 2014 7:51 pm

      Candie and Donna,

      You both summed up all of Judy’s most endearing qualities. She was definitely one of a kind and in my mind, always larger than life. I like to think that when she got to heaven and she sees Andrew she will say in that firm tone, “Andrew! Don’t you recognize me – it’s Judith!” She will definitely be missed by us all but she is healthy and well for all eternity.

      Love always,

      • Donna Ferrell Mackens
        March 9, 2014 11:07 pm

        I am sorry to hear of Judith’s passing. I remember you talking about her and Candie so fondly when we were in school. God is gracious and good and He gives his children rest. Take comfort in His word “for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. Matt. 6:21
        Love, Donna

    4. Shannon Williams
      March 9, 2014 5:24 am

      Mrs.Moonshower, although I didn’t know your mother personally , in a way I feel like I knew her from all the stories you told of her in class …I’m praying for comfort for you and your family during this difficult time !

    5. Phyllis Greene Miracle
      March 9, 2014 4:03 pm

      Candie you know my heart goes out to you and Jack(Jackie). I know what you are going through but I know that Judy as well as Mother are in a better place and no longer serving. She is there with the rest of our family and love ones in a much more glorious place. She has probably joined in with Mother in a card game sitting and gossiping again. Now when I think of Mother I can smile. I love you and Jack and would love to see you but right now I have no car so won’t be able to come but know my heart is with you.

    6. Rami Singh Bell
      March 9, 2014 11:56 pm

      Candie, my sisters, Chandi, Indira, and I offer our sincrerest sympathy, for the passing of Judith. We all worked for many years with her at Emma’s. When she began working there, we both had hair that hung to our knees! lol. Through the years, I learned to respect her knowledge and wisdom. We enjoyed hearing about each other’s dogs. When our mother died, I still remember the tight real hug from her, when I returned to work. She was so very proud of you. I will always remember her with fondness. Regards, Rami, Chandi, and Indira.

    7. Lisa Jones
      March 10, 2014 4:33 pm

      Candy, from all my family, you and Jack are in our prayers. I think back to our childhood and remember how hip and stylish I thought your mom was with her long black hair, smoking her cigarettes and that skinny/fit body! She just seemed too hip to be in our neighborhood. But I loved her like my own mom. I will think about you guys Sunday as you say goodbye and pray that you will find comfort knowing she is back with your dad.

      Love to you

      Lisa , Chuck, Nita and Charles

    8. Mary Jayne Rhinehart Slate
      March 11, 2014 1:05 am

      Dear Candie, there are so many memories I have of my older sister. I adored her and always held her in the highest regard. I so admired her taste in clothes, her talent to turn an ugly apartment into a showcase, her unfailing beauty, her love for movies, her love for all animals, and most of all the advice she always had for her little sister, not that I always took it. We had so much fun together when your Dad and your uncle Perky were away serving our country. I remember her making Brandy Alexanders with her new blender in the winter of 68. We called that the winter of Dr. Zhivago One of her favorite movies. It was so cold that winter with snow and ice everywhere. When Gone With The Wind would come to the Capital theater we would go together, and when it went to the Sunset Drive- In we would pack up Jack and you and go see it again. She loved that movie too. When the month of March came she would say to me, it’s time to work on our tans. So we would put on our bikinis and head for the back yard on Welch Street, in Meadow Lane. I would at times be freezing from the early spring weather but she had the answer to that, a drink she made with grapefruit juice and a bit of gin and salt called, Salty Dogs. That would get your blood pumping. No we didn’t end up alcoholics. A few weeks after Bethany was born I had appendicitis which required surgery. She stepped in and took care of my children along with you and Jack. If that wasn’t enough Bethany, a newborn, was sick with the measles, As always she managed to take care of it all with no complaints. She was a Daddy’s girl. Had our Dad wrapped around her finger. If there was a movie showing at the Capital or Roxy theater she wanted to see, she would talk our Dad into going to see it no matter what. One time the roads were so icy Daddy had to back up the Cunningham Bridge to get us home from a movie she wanted to go see. I have so many memories of her I could write a book. I will miss her so much She is in heaven now with Daddy, Mother, June, Al, Greg, Andrew, and your Uncle Perky. What a joyful reunion that must be. Always know that she loved you and Jack and was very proud of you both. Love, Your Aunt Jayne

    9. June Marie Peoples
      March 14, 2014 1:57 pm

      I have so many wonderful memories of Judith. I think Susan’s comment that she was “larger than life” sums things up nicely. She was brilliant, graceful and elegant. I can’t think of anything she couldn’t make or do. Watching her through the years taught me about hard work, strength and resilience.

      Judith taught a strict “no whining” policy that has served me well through the years. She was as tough as nails and never pulled any punches when pushing us to achieve our goals. When I think of that part of her I am reminded of a quote from Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture, “when you’re screwing up and nobody’s saying anything to you anymore, it means they gave up…that’s a very bad place to be. Your critics are the ones telling you they still love you and care.”

      When I was young, I loved trying to make her laugh at the most inappropriate times. She’d give me a stern look and swear she was going to “jerk a knot in my tail” if I didn’t learn to behave, but she’d inevitably crack into a grin and then put her hands on her hips, shake her head, and tell me I was incorrigible. Some of my best memories are of holidays spent together laughing and having fun.

      I was describing Judith to my nephew, Christopher, in a text the other day and remembered that she gave me my first small suitcase. It was a very nice and quite unexpected gift for a kid like me back then. She said a proper young lady needed a proper travel bag. She was very matter-of-fact about it—like there was no question I’d be traveling and doing important things. I had barely been anywhere in my life, but that suitcase, and particularly the way in which it was given, made me feel like I was destined to go somewhere and do something with my life. I hope I made her proud.

      I love you Judith and I’m glad you’re at peace.

    10. E. Juanita McKinney
      March 24, 2014 3:48 pm

      Formerly Mrs. Pete Carpenter who shared many times with Judith and family when pop Rhinehart was operating the bake oven for automobiles at Pete Carpenter garage also worked with Frances in nursing at Clarksville memorial hospital. Loved the entire family!

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