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Liz Flanigen

July 12, 1941 — August 8, 2023


Liz McCarley Fisher Flanigen, 82, of Nashville, TN, passed away peacefully in her home on August 8, 2023.

It was an extremely hot day on July 12, 1941, in Adairville, Kentucky. Lizzie Halcomb Fisher was in labor. Her twelve-year-old son, Joe Scott Fisher ran about ten doors away to get the midwife. Little Lizzie was welcomed into the world at a healthy nine pounds. Her father was Joe Cephius Fisher.

At the age of six, mother and daughter went to live with Mama and Papa Halcomb and their son Jullian Halcomb. Mama died two years later. LIzzie Halcomb Fisher died at the ripe old age of one hundred and one.

Little Lizzie attended Adairville School, a first grade through twelfth grade school. After eleventh grade, Liz entered David Lipscomb College in Nashville, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Bible Studies. Liz taught in Nashville public schools for seven years. She taught second grade at Glengarry Elementary School where she loved being with the children.

In 1969, she married George Joseph Flanigen. They had two sons, John and Paul. Their first born, John Joseph Flanigen, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Master’s degree in Accounting. He moved to Dallas, Texas, where he still lives.

Paul Richard Flanigen, born twelve years after John, graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Lieutenant Colonel Flanigen recently completed his PhD in Robotics at the University of Michigan and is stationed at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL. He is married to Sarah O’Neal Flanigen and has two precious sons, Hank Thomas and Jay George.

George J. Flanigen passed in 2006.

Liz was a nutrition counselor at Good Life Health Food Store for twenty years where she helped many people balance their body chemistry by choosing foods that make you healthy. She used to say, “You can’t eat junk and expect to be healthy.’' Liz wrote a book, Eating with Understanding. One year she was a celebrity cook at the Southern Women’s Show in Nashville. As a seamstress, Liz made hundreds of pillows, drapes, and slipcovers for furniture, working with many of Nashville’s leading interior designers. Liz shared her knowledge and love of healthy eating and creating slipcovers on her YouTube channel,

Liz was very stylish, though most of her clothes were hand-me-downs or from a used clothing store. She was an avid reader, frequently hosting a book club in her cozy sunroom.

She was a member of Belle Meade United Methodist church, regularly attending the early service. Always quick to tell a funny story, Liz’s main goal was to be helpful to others. She was so grateful to the folks who were so kind to her.

A memorial will be held Saturday, August 12, 2023, in the White Chapel at Belle Meade United Methodist Church at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Belle Meade United Methodist Church or Alive Hospice.
Nashville Cremation Center is honored to be entrusted with handling Ms. Flanigen's arrangements. Please visit her guestbook to leave a thoughtful note for the family.

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Saturday, August 12, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Belle Meade United Methodist Church

121 Davidson Rd, Nashville, TN 37205

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