Brandi Johnson Terwilliger

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Brandi Johnson-Terwilliger 1979-2023 Brandi Darlene “Big Mama” Johnson-Terwilliger- Age 43, of Fairview, passed way unexpectedly on Thursday, March 2, 2023, in Nashville. She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Bobby & Jean Mattox, Ed & Mary Alice Johnson; aunt, Sherry Stoever; uncle, Jerry Wayne Johnson; and her father-in-law, Dwight Terwilliger, II. She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Dwight Terwilliger; sons, Dwight Terwilliger, IV. (Shelby), and Dakota Terwilliger; her granddaughter, Avery Terwilliger; her parents, Thomas E. “Bud” and Shelia Johnson; her brother, Bryan Johnson (April Wrisley), mother-in-law, Linda Terwilliger; sister-in-law, Morgan Mackey (Chad); brothers in law, Winston Terwilliger and Cody Terwilliger (Angela); and a numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members and friends. Brandi worked in the healthcare industry. She adored being a grandmother, and her love for animals, especially her dog's cats and birds. She enjoyed silversmithing and jewelry making. She never met a stranger and left a lasting impact on everyone she encountered. She will be forever missed. A Celebration of Brandi’s life will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2023, at Western Hills Church (7565 Charlotte Pike) with Dave Estes officiating. Visitation with the family will be on Wednesday from 11AM until the service at 1PM, both at Western Hills Church. Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be West Nashville & Bellevue’s only locally owned and operated burial & cremation provider.

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  1. Q: How did you meet Brandi? A: I met Brandi in 2013 working at TOA. She shared a office with Sheila Hicks whom I knew from working at TOA for so long. Quickly her sense of humor was evident that I was going to like this coworker. Many days I would get up from my office to step away and find myself in Brandi and Sheila’s office. We had lunches outside of work together and dinners too. The conversations that we had were very interesting and very entertaining. Laughter and getting so tickled till we all were crying because one of us had said something so funny. Brandi spoke about Dwight and her boys ALL the time. She loved her family. She spoke about her parents and brother often. She talked about her girlfriends she would go on trips with. RIP Brandi. Watch over those boys of yours and that grand baby. Angie Wood

  2. Man! I don’t even know what to say! This breaks my heart.. I have known Brandi for a long time. I have worked with her at 2 different places.. TOA and UA. She was our surgery scheduler. I remember her always talking about her yorkie puppies that she just loved. She always talked about her kids and her husband and how wild they were and she was never surprised if they were up to no good. We used to laugh so hard during our SMOKE breaks back in the day. She will be truly missed. I hope to see you one day my friend.. Praying for your family here!! Rachel Baker

  3. Oh my sweet girl, I don’t know how Dad and I are going to get through life with you not being here . Rest assured that I will look after Dwight, Dwightie, Shelby, Avery, and Dakota for as long as I am on this earth. You were my beautiful, loving, caring as well as stubborn daughter with the most outgoing personality. This enabled you to find and keep friends for life. You have girlfriends from the first grade that you have dinner, vacation with and love to this day. Avery Mae loved you Big Mamma and is also hurting because she can’t find you at home. We are grieving so badly and pray God will wrap his arms around us and get us through this horrific time. Bryan and you had their sibling rivalry, but he loves you dearly and is pain to know he won’t have you in his life either. Don’t worry about Dad and me, Bryan and April will check on us as well as your Dwight, Dwightie, Shelby, and Dakota. You grew up so fast as a little girl. I didn’t know then your life was going to be short and you had to scram everything in . You loved family and your animals. Geez, did you love animals. Thank goodness you had a husband that loved you enough to put up with all this. I know you are busy catching up with all our loved ones that are taking care of you. Be waiting for Dad and I when God calls us home. Until then know that we love you and you will be in our hearts for eternity. Love you Punkin, Mom & Dad

  4. Brandi was truly a mother to me. She hand picked me out at food saver for Dwight and once we truly met the rest is history. She spoiled me like her own and supported me in everything I’ve ever wanted to do and has played a huge part in raising me over the last 10 years during this crucial time of growing up from 18-28. I will forever be grateful for everything she did for me and Avery and the three of us as a family. She was only a phone call away if we needed her even though we talked every single day. She always made sure we were taken care of and I will forever be thankful for her wanting to keep Avery when i was really ready to get back to work and being such a huge part of her life. She loves her a Big Mama so much. I definitely have a better backbone now because of her and she taught me so so much. I’ll forever hold a special place in my heart for the best mother in law I could’ve ever asked for. We love you Big Mama! 💖

  5. MainStreet Fairview Editorial: Hard times can teach life lessons Last week, the world suddenly and tragically lost a beautiful soul when my son-in-law’s mother died at the age of 43. Her death has shocked and saddened her family and friends. With hard times comes opportunity for us to learn a life lesson or be reminded of what we already know. Brandi Johnson Terwilliger was a kind and loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend – but I will forever remember her as the best mother-in-law to my daughter and an amazing Big Momma to our shared three-year-old granddaughter. We did not talk often, but we shared some beautiful life moments and we shared the love of our married children who have been together for ten years. We shared in the wedding proposal, wedding day and birthdays. We also shared Mother’s Day lunches – and even a love for Elvis and all dogs. Even more than all of those, our greatest shared love was for our grandchild. Perhaps, that is what has made her death so painful. Even with all those precious life moments to hold on to – there will be more to come and her absence will be felt. We were together on the day Avery Mae was born, and we both enjoyed early milestones like her first words, first steps, first song and first dance. I always took great comfort in knowing that if something happened to me Brandi would be there for Avery – the best Big Momma ever. Sadly, that feeling of comfort is gone. I am heart-broken that the world has lost a beautiful soul. Now, I must find some sense of it. What life lessons can it teach me? I believe, as grandmothers, Brandi and I had mutual respect for the love each of us bestowed upon our sweet Avery Mae. The problem is I cannot say that with certainty – because I never expressed how wonderful I thought she was to my child and grandchild. I never had that conversation. I never said it in a text, email or letter. I never voiced it during a birthday party or holiday gathering. For that, I am sad and regretful. It would have been so simple just to let her know how great I thought she was and how much I appreciated all she did for my child and grandchild – a few simple words. Now, I can only hope she knows and try to honor her by keeping her memory alive for Avery Mae in the days, weeks, months and years to come. So, my lesson is to voice love and appreciation to the special people in my life. There is also a reminder with this unimaginable loss. Brandi Johnson Terwilliger had a loving, serving and giving heart right – even right up to the end as she was an organ donor. Lives were saved thanks to her giving spirit. Lastly, on her Facebook Brandi wrote, “I have to say that I am a pretty lucky girl….and life is good.” We should all be so lucky and count our blessings daily as tomorrow is not promised and life can change in the blink of an eye.

  6. Spa Days @ Big Mamas! I know Avery will miss her days at big mamas house getting into all the makeup and nail polish.

  7. My heart hurts so bad. Brandi was the absolute sweetest friend. I have loved her since high school. She had a laugh that was contagious, big smile and heart of gold. Brandi had a eye for fashion. She always had the best clothes and shoes. I use to love to shop her closet. Lol. She was like my sister. She loved animals, jewelry and going to the beach! If Brandi had something on her mind – Brandi didn’t stop until it happened. 😉(new car days). I will miss our adventures as well as many lengthy phone calls. Brandi was a great wife that loved her husband. They were the perfect pair. She loved her boys! She raised them to be men. She always wanted them to be successful and do well in life. She was so proud of them. She also loved her grand daughter! Avery was her life.❤️ Brandi was a loyal friend. She was also a loyal daughter, sister, wife,mother and precious big momma. Brandi was one of a kind. I will miss her so much!! Love you sweet friend. Until we meet again. Prayers for the family as this was such a shock. Big hugs!!

  8. Brandi, I don’t even know where to begin on how much we all miss you already! I miss picking up the phone sending you ideas for things for you & Avery (Toot) to do from Pinterest. Or just talking about life. To Planning our Saturday adventures & our beach trips. Brandi you were the best sister in law & aunt I could ever ask for. Thank you for always being there & loving my brother the way you did. Until we meet again my favorite Sister. I love you, Morgan~

  9. Q: What was Brandi really good at? A: I worked with her at Promises. She was a fantastic employee! She was very good at her job. She will be missed greatly! I’m so sorry to hear about her passing. God Bless!

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