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Obituaries 1/26/21

David Milton


David Milton Medley, 66, of Cookeville, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020, at Signature Health Care of Putnam County in Cookeville, Tennessee.

David loved and missed his son, the late Cody Levi Medley so much that he longed to see him again.

He was the loving and caring husband of Mitzi Jo Carnahan Medley for 33 blessed years.

David was a talker, and a storyteller. He never met a stranger. David was known as “Doc” at the stockyard and “Tiny” everywhere else. He was a rural letter carrier for 29 years. He also was a tax accountant after having graduated from TTU with a BS degree in accounting. He was a farmer all his life, raising tobacco, pigs, beef and goats. He helped many veterinarians with the animals at the stockyard.

Survivors are: Three sons, David Phillips and Cricket Wheeler, Jason (Ericka) Matthews and Jeffrey (Jennifer) Matthews; grandchildren, Cody, Connor, Calan and Chase Matthews and Morgan Clark. Also survived by special cousins, Jolly, Jerry and Julie Watts, Roger and Gary Medley; and Aunt Reba Medley.

Special friends and coworkers of the Smith County Commission Stockyard and the Billy and Grace Gregory Family, Doris Jackson Family and the Sue Halfacre Family, Milt Ashburn, William Green, Monroe Huddleston, Mike and Troy Hickey.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Presley Funeral Home. The family received guests and friends on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 9 a.m. to the time of service. Interment will follow at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

Due to COVID-19, masks and social distancing are required.

Bruce Anthony Brown

Bruce Anthony Brown, 55, of Cookeville, passed away Jan 20 at his home. Private graveside services were held Jan. 26 at Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery with full military honors with Bro. Donald C. Moss officiating.

He was born Aug. 18, 1965 in Gainesboro. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, sportsman and loved the outdoors. He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was in combat in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and the Panama Conflict and was an expert marksman.

He was preceded in death by: father, James Verlon Brown; paternal and maternal grandparents, Robert “Bob” Washington Brown and Mildred Opal (Burgess) Brown and Henry Stewart and Mattie Lee (Harris) Stewart.

Surviving relatives include: mother, Mabel Brown; brother, James Robert and Belinda Brown; niece, Tiffany and Joey McCurry; nephew, Justin Frank Ward and fiancée, Dana Stafford; great nieces, Marlie Chevelle Ward, Scarlett Jude McCurry and Mackenzie McCurry; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

Crest Lawn Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Sarah C. Willis

Sarah C. Willis, 79, of the Stone community, passed away Jan. 13 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Due to COVID-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

She was born Aug. 20, 1941 in Jackson County. She worked tirelessly in support of children with special needs. She was instrumental in the formation of the Special Education program at Tennessee Tech, a leader of the creation of Tennessee’s Early Intervention System and state-wide programs to support those with special needs and won Presidential awards for the work she performed.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Johnnie E. Cassetty and Aulta Claudine Meadows Cassetty; and brothers, Bobby Cassetty, Sam Cassetty and Bill Cassetty.

Surviving relatives include: son, Sean (Meichelle) Willis of Smith Grove, Ky.; daughters, Cindy (Keith) Benefield of Wiesbaden, Germany and Elizabeth Smith of Riverview, Fla.; grandchildren, Marcus (Renee) Smith of Riverview, Fla. Danielle Smith of Harrison Township, Mich., Alex Smith of Riverview, Fla., Brett Willis of Glasgow, Ky., Andrew Riddle of Smiths Grove, Ky. and Leah Willis of Glasgow, KY; great grandchildren, Ezekiel Smith, Bane Huff and Declan Smith; sister, Connie (Bob) Gerregano of Nashville; and brothers, David (Judy) Cassetty, George (Pat) Cassetty and Chuck (Jane) Cassetty.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Nell Cowan

Nell Cowan, 89, of Gainesboro, passed away Jan. 19. Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Anderson officiating. Interment followed in the Rob Draper Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Adam Quigley, Luke Quigley, Michael Quigley, Kurtis Huffman, Ethan Huffman and Patrick Huffines.

She was born Aug. 26, 1931 in Jackson County. She was a retired secretary and bookkeeper and a member of the Gainesboro Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by: parents, Bill Mathis and Ara Godsey Mathis; husband, Tom Cowan; and brothers, Eugene Mathis and Odell Mathis.

Surviving relatives include: daughter, Gayle (Lynch) Quigley of Charlotte, Tenn.; grandchildren, Adam (Jessie) Quigley, Alysia (Kurtis) Hamilton and Luke (Brianna) Quigley; great grandchildren, Michael Quigley, Grace Quigley, Ethan Huffman, Beckett Huffman, Addelyn Huffman, Lyla Quigley and Luke Quigley; Special caregiver and friend, Mary Crowder; and loyal life companion, Carl Anderson.

Jack Terry

Jack Terry, 70, of the Hurricane Community, passed away Jan. 19 at his residence. The family has chosen cremation with graveside services at a later time at the Terry and Gore Cemetery. Bro. James Bybee will officiate at the service.

He was born April 3, 1950 in Jackson County. He worked as a mechanic.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Arvil C. Terry and Sylvia Savage Terry; brother, Jeff Terry; and sister, Debbie Biggs.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Gayle Terry of Gainesboro; daughter, Cyndy Hornsby of Huntsville, Ala.; sisters, Margaret Gigenti of Texas, Arlene Maynard of Gainesboro and Paula Sue Turner of Ind.; and grandchildren, Austin Poteet of Knoxville, McKenzie and Savannah Hornsby of Huntsville, Ala.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott, 41, of the McCoinsville community, passed away Jan. 19 at his residence. Funeral services were held Jan. 23 at Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home with Terry Plemons officiating. Interment followed in the Pharris Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 27, 1979 in Jackson County. He was the technology director of the Jackson County School System. He was a member of the Tannehill Lodge #133 Free Masons, Boy Scout and the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by: father, Charles Ward Scott; and sister, Angelia Scott.

Surviving relatives include: wife, Amanda Nicole Scott of Gainesboro; son, Logan Macklin of Gainesboro; daughter, Iris Macklin of Gainesboro; mother, Genie Mae Scott of Gainesboro; and sisters, Lisa Rivera of Ontario, Calif. and Davenna J. Weathers of Trona, Calif.

Victor Walter

Feinthel II

Victor Walter Feinthel II, 49, of Cookeville, passed away Jan. 18 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. The family has chosen cremation with no services at this time.

He was born Jan. 30, 1971 in Mt. Juliet. He was a factory worker in the coal industry.

He was preceded in death by: parents, Victor Walter Feinthel I and Martha Feinthel; and brother, Robert Feinthel.

Surviving relatives include: brother, Charles Dean Feinthel of Harlan, Ky.; and sister, Frances Lamb of Harlan, Ky.

Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Card of Thanks

Family – (noun) life’s greatest blessing a group that dreams, laughs, plays and loves together, those whom you can always count on, always present not only in the good times but also the bad, the most precious gift.

Thank you to all the staff at Mabry Health Care and Mabry Assisted Living. You took care of mom like family all these years. I never had to worry about her. I knew she had what she needed and was going to get the best care, she knew it too that’s why she called it home. We will never forget the support and encouragement we received while she was sick and during her passing. Thank you to Jackson County Ambulance Service and Ucarts for all her transportation over the years. Also, thank you to Kindred Hospice for support and Anderson Upper Cumberland Funeral Home for arrangements.


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