Pok Hyon Schoby passed away on March 14th, 2022, age 76. She passed peacefully in her sleep. Her parents,
2 brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death. She is survived by her loving husband of 40+ years, Steven
Schoby, son, Jerry (Charlene) Turney; daughter, Brenda Turney; grandchildren: Gabrielle (Josh), Caleb,
Korianne, Caden, Ava; and great grandchild Theodore.
Pok Hyon Schoby was born on June 7, 1945, in Anyang, South Korea. At a young age she had to grow up
quickly. At 9 years old she was starting a fire from scratch so that she could cook dinner for the family
because her mother was out working. She was working full time in a sewing factory at the age of 15 and was
helping support the family. As a result, she literally has made and sewn about 90% of her clothing for most of
her life. Each grand kid received 2 specially made baby blankets from Grandma to use and keep as a memory
throughout their lives. She really wanted to make one for Theodore, her great grandchild, but due to her
health was not able too.
She has lived in S Korea, Battle Creek, MI, Carnation, WA, Ft Campbell, KY, Mainz Germany, Wiesbaden
Germany, Ft Knox, Ky, and ended up settling/retiring in Clarksville TN.
Pok loved flowers and growing a garden. Their house would blossom every spring with the hundreds of
flowers, plants, bushes, and trees that she planted and tended too. It was like walking through a botanical
garden. She loved fresh vegetables and picking dates, persimmons, and pears from their backyard. And of
course, she would always have cucumbers, squash, and Goguma (Korean sweet potato).
Pok always thought of others first. She gave money to those struggling, cooked for those who were hungry,
and visited with others who were hurting and lonely. When she made dinner, she would always serve others
first and make sure that everyone had their food. Then she would grab her food and sit down. After you ate a
full plate, she would insist that you eat more. Any guest who walked into their home left full, fuller, and
busting at the seams because she loved to feed people.
One of her last things she said to her husband Steve and son Jerry was to “make sure everyone ate and that
they take care of themselves.” Even while she laid there knowing that her time was limited, she still cared and
thought of others first.
She was an amazing woman who was incredibly strong in spirit. She had many health challenges throughout
her life. Despite all the difficulties, she would not sacrifice her family and family time. Every year Grandma
(Pok) and Grandpa (Steve) would make sure that we went on vacation together. Every time they visited, they
would bring the grandkids favorite candies and desserts (even though Jerry and Charlene would have
preferred carrots and apples). She and Grandpa assisted the older kids in making sure they could attend
college and that Gabi and Josh could have a nice wedding. They made sure Christmas was always overflowing
with gifts and that food was always available to eat. Especially the kids favorite Korean food: Bulgogi, Korean
hot chicken, Mandu soup, Korean egg rolls, and Korean BBQ ribs.
She will be missed greatly. Words cannot describe her love, generosity, and sacrifice. We love you and know
that we will join you in heaven one day.
A memorial celebration will be Friday March 18th at Sykes Funeral home in Clarksville, TN. Viewing is 1-3pm
and the memorial service will be at 3pm. A private family burial will be done on Monday.