Berry Funeral Home


Virginia Ann Hood

December 9, 1938November 14, 2020

Virginia Ann Johnson Hood (1938-2020) brought a brightness into any room with her ready smile, warm greeting, and sense of humor. If you paid attention, you could see a twinkle in her eye even in the midst of a serious conversation, as if to say you know that this is “important”, but you know I am just glad to be with YOU. Speaking as her husband, if you had a chance to kiss Ginger, as she wanted to be called, you knew that you had been kissed. Early on she said to me, “I love you because you kiss like I do.” In 60 years of marriage, we were blessed by many experiences as members of church choirs in the United Methodist Church, as leaders in different 4-H club projects in Knox County, Tennessee, as travelers to different European Countries with the choir, as hosts to exchange students from Finland, Italy and Sweden for a full year of high school in America. As parents of an exceptional son and daughter who graduated from college, married, had children of their own who graduated from college and are now successfully employed in a variety of specializations.

A physical educator with bachelor and masters degrees in P. E. and an earned doctorate in educational administration from studies completed at Michigan State University, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She was well prepared for the variety of jobs she held over her lifetime - teaching in middle school and college, working in programs to recruit students to college, as a survey interviewer, as a UT Federal Credit Union teller, as Director of the Girls Clubs of Knoxville, and her final job as Superintendent of Recreation for the City of Knoxville.

Outside of work, she loved to read romance novels and “tried her hand” at writing fragments with a group called the Smokey Mountain Romance Writers. She was active at various points in her life in organizations promoting the development of skills and service in women. Zeta Tau Alpha honored her with a ring for her work with several chapters of the fraternity. She was President of a local Pilot Club as well as an active participant in United Methodist Women circles. Her work over many years with the confirmation class in our local United Methodist Church was one of her favorite volunteer activities. She made many young friends in the 4-H Honor Club in Knox County.

Ginger was a skilled cook and loved to garden when space was available. She practiced many handicrafts and could even lay bricks. Her favorite sport growing up was tennis. She played the saxophone in the high school marching band in Michigan, where she was born and grew to adulthood. After marriage to Tom, she never left the South to reside elsewhere. Her children, Chris and Heather, still live in the South as do her grandchildren: Rebecca, Stephen; Christopher, Allison. Ginger’s husband, Tom, still lives in Knoxville. All of them are grieving the loss of her physical presence, but because of their faith they know she is in a better place. All of them still feel bathed in her generous self-giving spirit of love and forgiveness taught by Jesus in the New Testament writings and experienced as the gift of God, The Holy Spirit.

A Memorial Service is being planned and will be announced at a later date through the publications of Church Street United Methodist Church, Knoxville and elsewhere. If you wish to contribute to a memorial for Ginger, please consider the music ministries of Church Street United Methodist Church, the 4-H Leaders Organization of Knox County through the Tennessee 4-H Foundation, or one of Colleges of Education in the Universities that Ginger attended. The family wishes to thank all who have expressed concern and sympathy during this time of pandemic. Your prayers and thoughts are felt and appreciated. The family invites friends to share fond memories and sign Virginia's online guestbook at


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Valerie Culpepper

December 1, 2020

Ginger always gave me and dad big smiles and hugs! I will so miss her at all the Young at Heart events. Sending you love, Tom.

Robin Brothers

November 27, 2020

Thank you Tom and Ginger for your service in the 4-H Volunteer Leaders organization and committees.

David and Lee

November 26, 2020

Ginger was always such an engaged and lively hostess when we came to your house for Smokers talks. Her energy always gave us a boost. Thank you for the wonderful tribute you wrote in her obituary. It brought out the richness and variety of the life she led. You remain a real inspiration as a couple.

Ray Bales

November 23, 2020

Ginger was an incredible woman! It was so amazing how helpful she was to everyone she came in contact with. I had the pleasure of getting to know her as a young 4-Her needing help and guidance, but I also got to know her on a deeper level as an adult volunteer leader. I gained so much wisdom from her. Ginger was always a blessing and my life was blessed to have her in it. I will miss her, and I'll never forget.

Sharon Davis

November 23, 2020

I am so sorry to hear about Ginger. I always enjoyed talking to her at the fair while she was judging or at 4-H Honor Club while she was assisting with the meeting. She was a wonderful lady who always gave big to the youth she served. This would have been her 45th year as a Knox County 4-H Volunteer. She is really going to be missed. My heart and prayers are with Tom and her family.

Polly Cowart

November 22, 2020

My entire family was saddened to hear of Ginger’s passing. I grew up at Church Street and for as long as I can remember, Ginger was always there. She believed in me and always offered a smile, kind words, advice, and support. I had the great pleasure to sing in choir with her too! My boys simply called her Mrs. Ginger. They loved her hugs! We have shed tears and smiles as we recall wonderful moments with her! Heaven has gained a beautiful soul! She will be missed!!

Rosalind Woodard

November 22, 2020

Tom, Chris, Heather:
Many condolences to you and may peace and joy come in the morning. For over 40 years, I have enjoyed Ginger and the family as friends and and co-workers in the Knox County and Tennessee
4-H programs. As a 4-H Volunteer, you gave many hours and expertise to the youth and to me. Many thanks for opening up your home and heart while serving us. We have a lot of memories that will be cherished.

Shirley Martin

November 20, 2020

Ginger was a very lovely lady and it was always a joy to talk with her at the Sociology Department Luncheon. My prayers are with you.
Shirley Martin

Lois Presser

November 20, 2020

I was so sorry to learn of Ginger's passing. Sending love to her entire family and community. Tom is a cherished member of our UT Sociology Department. I was always so glad to see and visit with Ginger at departmental gatherings. She had a lovely and playful soul. -Lo Presser

Joe Walsh

November 20, 2020

I have many fond memories of Ginger, as we worked together in the Parks and Recreation Department. I will remember her as a kind, thoughtful, caring person who could be serious but also light hearted. She was giving of herself to those around her and expected nothing in return. She was especially good working with senior citizens. I enjoyed her company. She always had a smile on her face and I will miss her.


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