Tammie Lynn Ruston

February 8, 1962 ~ March 2, 2019

Born in: Johnson City, TN
Resided in: Kingsport, TN

Tammie Lynn Broyles Ruston, 57, of Johnson City, died Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport. She was a native of Johnson City, daughter of the late Donald Broyles and Barbara Watson Broyles. She was a University High and ETSU graduate. Tammie was a very caring and loving daughter, sister, aunt, niece and cousin. She made lifelong friends wherever she lived, Johnson City, Jackson, MS, Hudson, NC and McDonough, GA. Tammie was an English teacher who loved each student as if they were her own child. She called all students her ?baby". Her love for them was unconditional. She loved baseball as her son Andy played throughout his school years as #22. Her love for #22 continued with the Atlanta Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals and currently the Chicago Cubs. In addition to her father, son Andrew ?Andy" Wilmot, grandparents, R.C. and Lorene Watson and Irvin and Bernice Broyles all preceded her in death. Survivors including her mother are; sisters, Jennifer Tester (Danny) and Scottye Broyles, nephew Hunter and niece MaryGrace; Andy?s siblings, Jamie, Whitney, Chris and Houston; Great Aunt, Christine Blevins, Aunt Diann Broyles, Uncles David (Pat) Broyles and Doug (Joyce) Broyles; cousins, Stacie, Brooke, Sloane, Darryl, Sandi, Suzi, Butch, Buddy and Eddie; and Beau her special Boston Terrier. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm in the Dogwood Chapel at Morris-Baker Funeral Home. A memorial service is to follow at 2:00 pm under the direction of Dr. Barry Blackburn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Tammie's name to the Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter, 3411 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    May all of you be comforted knowing that Tammie’s spirit will live on as she touched each of us in special way. We will continue to celebrate her life here on earth and celebrate her reunion with Andy. Love to all.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am saddened by the news of Tammie’s passing she was a dear friend. I loved her and Andy. I taught with her at Henry County High and loved how she loved all her babies.

  3. Anonymous says:

    To many of us she was Coach Ruston, and to some, Mama Ruston. She was the type of woman who made her students & athletes feel loved, even when correcting them. My favorite memory of Tammie was after a volleyball game where I’d made a risky play that paid off. She said, “Why did you do that? Don’t ever do that!” Then she laughed & told me, “But, it was great!” And that’s the kind of person I remember. Please know she is loved by many & will be missed greatly.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I first met Tammie when she worked with me at ETSU Cafeteria when she was a senior in high school. We became good friends and kept in touch thru the years. We shared our lives together more recently connected more regular in the last 5 years.We talked about everything, her son Andy, #22 Jason, her “babies”, family ,our memories of our friendship and wether or not she should move back home to JC. I did have the opportunity to visit her 3 yrs. ago and she was the same loving girl with a heart of gold and the beautiful genuine smile she always wore. I am deeply saddened of the loss but moreso joyful of her reunion with Andy. Thank You Tammie for our friendship it was the richest and most meaningful to me. Love You!

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hate to here about Tammie passing I first met her in Jackson Miss. Her dad and my dad worked together and I think we were 3 or 4 she will be missed and prayers for the family

  6. Anonymous says:

    In the years our family spent in Johnson City, we had the good fortune to become friends with Tammie and her family. Just a few years ago, we had the chance to see Tammie and Scottye at ETSU Homecoming and it was like old times. Our hearts are heavy with the news of her passing and we want you all to know we are thinking of you and we love you. The Ikenberry Family

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have great memories of Tammie. We worked together at Henry County High School in McDonough, Ga. Tammie was a precious person. She will be greatly missed!!

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