Lillian Ruth Cody

January 3, 1931November 18, 2021

Lillian Ruth Cody of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2021 at home, at the age of 90, surrounded by family and friends.

She was a devoted Christian mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She retired from Modern Bakery and loved cooking and spending time with her family. She devoted her life for the care of her special needs son, Ronny.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Brownlow and Pearl Stapleton of Rogersville; husband, Paul Cody; Nancy Katherine and Myra Ann, infant daughters; Jim and Mark Cody, sons; Bob and Jim Stapleton, brothers.

Lillian is survived by daughters, Adele Marshall (husband Johnny), Mary Maness (husband Jim); sons, David, Tim(fiancé Pam), Donny (wife Alisha), and Ronny Cody; sister, Mary Cook; brother, Tom Stapleton; sister-in-law, Faye Stapleton; daughters-in-law, Connie and Tammy Cody; several nieces and nephews; nine grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at East Lawn Funeral Home from 12:00 to 2:00pm. Funeral services will follow at 2:00pm with Revd.’s Wayne Baker, John North, and Johnny Gibson officiating.

Burial will follow at 3:00pm at East Lawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend a Special Thanks to her outstanding caregivers, Debby, Sharon, Donna, Hope, Sue, and all the workers involved in her care from Amedysis Hospice Home Care.

Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends anytime at her home.


  • Adele Marshall (Johnny), Daughter
  • Mary Maness (Jim), Daughter
  • David Cody, Son
  • Tim Cody (Fiancé Pam), Son
  • Donny Cody (Alisha), Son
  • Ronny Cody, Son
  • Mary Cook, Sister
  • Tom Stapleton, Brother
  • Faye Stapleton, Sister-in-law
  • Connie Cody, Daughter-in-law
  • Tammy Cody, Daughter-in-law


  • Receiving of Friends

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021


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Hope Perkins

November 21, 2021

There are so many memories I have with Ruth. She is a loving woman whom I had the pleasure of helping to take care of her. One year I got her to tell Adele "Happy Birthday Adele". She would sometimes drink her coffee without any help, which was wonderful. She gave lots of sugars for those she loved. We all were treated like family (her caregivers). I will miss and love this women. She became like a mother to me. God bless her entire family and friends.

Robert Joyner

November 20, 2021

Adele , Johnny & Ronnie, Adele sorry to hear about your moms passing. She was a good lady.