Carr & Erwin Funeral Home

1228 East College Street, Pulaski, TN


Vickie Ruth Longenbaugh

March 2, 1951December 31, 2019

Vickie Ruth Willoughby Longenbaugh, age 68, died on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, in Tristar Centennial Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She was born in Pulaski, TN, on March 2, 1951. She was preceded in death by her mother, Paula Jane Whitlock Willoughby, her husband, Michael Ray (Mike) Longenbaugh, and her brother, Raye Willoughby. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at 11:00am at Maplewood Cemetery, Pulaski, TN. Survivors include her father, James (Slick) Willoughby of Pulaski, TN, her daughters, Ashley Longenbaugh Herndon and husband R.B. of Murfreesboro, TN and Carli Longenbaugh Youngman & husband Jason, of Rockvale, TN, her sisters Lydia Willoughby of Pulaski, TN and Joni Willoughby of Chapel Hill, TN, her grandchildren, Kade Herndon, Isleigh Herndon and Marlow Youngman. Carr & Erwin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, January 9, 2020


Vickie Ruth Longenbaugh

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Debbie Sheridan

January 11, 2020

There are so many memories that Vickie and I had being friends since grade school living 7 houses down from each other and up until now. One memory was spending the night at Gail Palermo’s slumber party and Vickie and I did funny skits to entertain everyone! I was Vickie’s audience of sorts for many of her hilarious stunts up and down the halls of Waltrip High! I loved hanging at Vickie’s house and at dark she would walk me halfway home then we would see who could run the fastest toward home. It was the simplest of times and Vickie and I were very close friends. She would listen to my problems and I hers, boy troubles. boy crushes, just teenage stuff. As we got older, I remember the many sounds of her car horn coming to pick me up so we could drive the so called drag a thousand times around Oak Forest neighborhood, and acting silly as we laughed and laughed. There are too many of these memories to mention but it’s weird how just after she passed, those memories kept flashing in my mind, one after the other. Yes, Vickie was my Johnny Carson and I was her Ed McMahan, but she was more than that . To me , she was a great listener, a poet, so witty and smart, a very loving and caring person and the best friend I could ever want in life.

Jeannie Herndon

January 10, 2020

Vickie you are so loved. You could always light up the room with that smile and never failed to bring laughter to a ridiculous situation. You loved my children like your own and they loved you back. You will be forever in my heart and I will miss you dearly. Until we meet again my friend❤️

Janetta Davenport

January 10, 2020

Grammy had the biggest heart. Her capacity to love people was amazing. She loved my girl just like she was another grandkid. She was a good mama and grandmother. I’m so grateful that we had the honor of knowing her and being included her huge circle of love.

Ashley L Herndon

January 10, 2020

Thank you for everything, momma. You are sorely missed.

Gayle Griffith

January 8, 2020

Lydia & Joni, I loved your family. So many fun times were spent in your house. Vickie & I had a lot of laughs together at school and running the streets of Oak Forest. Sometimes when I spent the night, Vickie would make out with Raye's friend that was over & I'd make out with Raye. Couldn't beat that arrangement.
Our drama teacher gave me & Vickie a serious scene she wanted us to recreate,, but we couldn't hold back the giggles and got a bad grade for that assignment. We enjoyed life and with Vickie it showed, My prayers are with you all & I thank you for the wonderful memories your family gave a lot of us teenagers in the 60's.

Trudy Knobles

January 7, 2020

There is not one memory that I have from Steven's Elementary, Black Junior High, or Waltrip Senior High that doesn't include seeing Vickie in my classroom or in the hallways of my mind. Her laugh was contagious. Even on the playground in Kindergarten, she was a good friend tho we drifted apart. But one day after we all graduated and began to find our way through life we ended up living on the same street with our young families in Spring, Texas. Again, I could hear her laugh from 2 or 3 houses down. She was a happy lovely girl that I will remember and hope to see again on the other side. I know I will because I will hear her laugh and it will draw us back together like a magnet. Maybe her dear family will have a chance to see her again in their dreams as they try to rest over these next few days, weeks, and months. May God Bless you all in your great loss of a woman who will re unite with her beloved husband, Mike; her lovely mother, Paula Jane Whitlock Willoughby; and her very much missed brother, Ray as we called him. I think the uncanny thing about our growing up together is that my mother's name was Jane Whitlock Knobles. So, maybe our mothers were the magnets that brought us together on this side. Still, we all look forward to being together ... AGAIN one day. Vickie will be sorely missed by us all.