James Cordell Perry Jr.
A celebration of life service for Dr. Perry, 76 of Lebanon, will be held in the College Hills Church of Christ on Friday, Jan. 15 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be Thursday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Partlow Funeral Chapel and Friday from 10 a.m. until services at the church.
He died Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Beverly Maynard Perry; a daughter, Melissa Perry Steinhart; and two beloved granddaughters, Shea and Ayla Steinhart. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Cordell Perry Sr. and Mattie Stone Perry and a daughter, Rachel Nicole Perry.
He was a graduate of Lipscomb High School and attended Lipscomb University. He completed his bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and received his master's degree in biology at Middle Tennessee State University. He completed his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt-Peabody in higher education administration and psychology. A faculty member at Cleveland State Community College, he was a division chairman at Roane State Community College and then took positions at Tennessee Tech in Cookeville as director of admissions and financial aid, assistant vice president of student services and was an instructor of graduate students in higher education and psychology. Upon retirement from Tennessee Tech, he became a financial planner for Sagepoint Financial Services until his retirement in 2015.
During his 39 years in Cookeville, he served as president of the Lion's Club, vice president of Noonday Rotary and was an elder at Collegeside Church of Christ. He coached youth league girls' basketball and softball and was the president of the Cookeville High School swim team boosters. He was president of TACROA and Phi Delta Kappa Professional Fraternity. He also served as a Sunday School teacher of high school students and later Young Professionals at Collegeside for many years. He was an avid golfer and loved vacations with his family to the mountains and the ocean. He was a large fan of college basketball and football teams. He had an amazing sense of humor and a servant's heart for others.
Dr. Perry moved to Lebanon to be near his daughter, granddaughters and his friends from Nashville. He was a member of College Hills Church of Christ. He was a loving, amazing husband, father, grandfather and son. He was a mentor, advisor and friend to many, an honest businessman and, above all, a godly Christian man to all who knew him. He had a huge, loving heart for others; he loved greatly and was dearly loved and admired by all who knew him. He loved his Lord and is now with God and his daughter, Rachel. Of him may be truly said, "I have fought the good fight; I have finished the course; I have kept the faith."
The family is grateful for the wonderful care he received at Vanderbilt, which helped with his battle and gave him unexpected extra years of life, and for the hospice personnel who lovingly cared for him in the last few weeks.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Dr. Perry's memory to the Collegeside Pantry, the Compassionate Hands or Next Steps of College Hills Church of Christ, any local hospice or to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
Arrangements are in the care of Partlow Funeral Chapel.
Sue B. Brewington
Funeral services for Mrs. Brewington, 79 of Lebanon, will be Thursday, Jan. 14 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon with Bro. David Brewington and Bro. Danny Sellars officiating. Interment will follow in Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 until 8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until services.
She died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016.
Survivors include: children, Pandy (Larry) Singleton, Donna (Dennis) Mott, Rena (Mike) Shrum, Ronnie (Gale) Brewington and Mark Brewington; sister-in-law, Sue Lackey; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Betty Wright.
Arrangements are in the care of Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon.