Mrs. Macie (Bogle) Walkup, 85, of Readyville, Tennessee went on to be with the Lord on December 9, 2021. She was born to the late Thomas Andrew Bogle and Georgia Madison (DuBois) Bogle on February 14, 1936 in Milton, TN. Being born on Valentine’s Day fit Macie like a glove. She was someone who exuded love wherever she went and to whomever she met. On top of that, she got excited for holidays, so it only seemed right that her birthday should have two reasons to celebrate.
You might think Macie’s favorite color would be red with all of her connections to Valentine’s Day. However, it was actually purple, and that fit her too. Purple is often associated with power, nobility, spirituality, and wisdom, and Macie had all four qualities weaving like fine threads throughout her life.
Macie was a powerful woman, and she wasn’t afraid to show just how tough she could be. Her sweet disposition did make her a successful waitress at Shacklett’s during the earlier stages of her life and is where she met the love of her life, Ray Walkup. However, she also worked tirelessly as a factory worker at Olin Metal Products and Hodge Manufacturing. Her children and grandchildren remember her not worrying over having nice fingernails because she often had metal shards in her hands from work.
That internal strength must have transferred into her family life because Macie was the queen. A matriarch through and through, she carried herself with dignity. Her family was her world, and she became their backbone and the glue that kept them all coming back together. She cooked every Sunday for the whole family until her health got to the point she couldn’t anymore. Still, no one can match her dressing or fried chicken. Her family attests that she cooked the best fried chicken ever made.
If it was a holiday, she cooked for that too, especially on birthdays. Macie wanted to make everyone’s day just as special as they were to her, and she loved all of her babies. She made her delicious lemon meringue pie for every single child and grandchild’s birthday. Then, whenever the family was ready to leave her until the next time, she always gave them her favorite saying, “I love you. Be careful.”
It was that sense of caution mixed with her compassion that lead to a healthy prayer life. Macie was a member of Harvest View Church and a mighty prayer warrior. She took praying without ceasing to heart, and there were times that she would pray hourly for what had been laid on her heart. Outside of prayer, Macie was an avid Bible reader and found great joy in doing devotionals. She was particularly fond of Charles Stanley’s teachings, but there were also the teachings of Macie.
Each of the children and grandchildren had the privilege of attending Macie’s school for practical wisdom. Some of her core lessons revolved around patriotism, perspective, entertainment, and driving. Her family cannot remember a time that Macie passed an American flag without saying that it was “the prettiest flag ever made.” Her respect and reverence toward the symbol for our Nation left a lasting impression on her family. Macie also made sure they all knew that perspectives change, especially for the elderly. She reminded them constantly that, “The older you get, the more you dread winter and the faster time flies.”
The way Macie lived her life was a testament to the value of hard work, but she wanted to make sure her family remembered to make time for fun too. There was nothing she enjoyed more than having a good laugh and a good time surrounded by those she loved. Watching westerns and soap operas, which she would call “her stories,” was something everyone in the family had to endure at least once. Extra stories got worked into the mix when she would indulge herself in reading magazine articles. To round out her entertainment, Elvis was at the top of the list, especially his gospel soundtracks.
For one of her final lessons, Macie taught the kids about driving, or at least what not to do. The only time she rode a bike, Macie managed to run off a concrete slab at the school. Needless to say, it wasn’t something she picked back up. When she worked up the courage to drive a car, she ran into a chicken coop. After that, she kept her stance on driving to let someone else do it until the grandkids came around. Then, she warmed back up to the idea, and Christian remembers getting out on the tractor every day to learn to drive.
Macie was preceded death by her parents, Thomas and Georgia Bogle; son, Richard Dale Bogle; brothers, Andrew Thomas (Katherine) Bogle and David (Martha) Bogle; and sisters, Nannie Elizabeth (Sam) Pittard, Lillie Mae Pittard, and Sue Todd. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ray N. Walkup of Readyville; son, Johnny Ray (Kathy) Walkup, Sr. of Readyville; daughter, Rita Cook of Woodbury; grandchildren, Johnny Ray Walkup, Jr., Shelby Lynn Walkup, and Candie Renee Cook all of Readyville; and great-grandchildren, Victor, Andrew, Christian, Tucker, Dixie, and Breanna.
Macie may have lived a simple life, but she lived it in such a way that richly blessed the lives of everyone she came in contact with. In honor of her memory, the family has requested anyone who plans on attending her services to wear purple.
Visitation will be held at Gentry-Smith Funeral Home on Saturday, December 11, 2021 from 3-6 pm. Funeral services will be Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2 pm in the Gentry-Smith Funeral Home chapel. Brian Harrell will officiate. Interment will be in Coleman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for books to be donated in Macie’s memory to Adams Memorial Library in Woodbury.
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