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Dixie Taylor-Huff dies after battle with cancer

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Mrs. Taylor-Huff was an early proponent of the Jeanette C. Rudy School of Nursing at Cumberland University and formerly served on the University's board of trust.

"Dixie Taylor-Huff was a dear and long-time friend, a brilliant businesswoman, and a tireless advocate for healthcare," said former Vice-President Al Gore.

"A true civic leader, Dixie is irreplaceable. My heart goes out to Dixie's family and to her many friends throughout Middle Tennessee and beyond."

Former Cumberland University President and 5th District U.S. Congressman Bob Clement said Taylor-Huff was a champion when it comes to quality healthcare.

Dixie Taylor-Huff was one of my best friends. This is a huge loss for all of us, Clement said. He noted that Taylor-Huff was a true public servant who fought and cared for people and whose reach was both national and international.

A leader on a number of political issues related to health care, she was very active in the American Health Care Association, Tennessee Health Care Association, Nashville Womens Political Caucus, and the White House Conference on Aging.

Mrs. Taylor-Huff also served on numerous boards and organizations on the national, state and local level. During her career she received numerous awards for her hard work and dedication to different causes near and dear to her heart. She was a member of the Board of Directors of MainStreet Media, parent company of The Wilson Post, The Gallatin News and The Hendersonville Standard.

She was also a strong supporter of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Born March 13, 1941 to the late Goldman Seay and Louise Cunningham Gregory, she was a graduate of Trousdale County High School.

The family will receive friends between the hours of 5-9 p.m. Thursday, May 24; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, May 25 and 11 a.m. until the service at Anthony Funeral Home in Hartsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Trousdale County High School Gymnasium conducted by Elder Kevin Harrison and Elder Jeff Blackwell. Interment will follow in the Dixon Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers will include: Allen Kemp, Justin Gregory, Zac Carter, Taylor Carter, Tyler Dixon, Jak Kemp and Sam Mullins.

Survivors include: her husband Tommy Huff of Castalian Springs; daughters Tonya Gregory of Hartsville, Sonya (Ted) Kemp of Pleasant Shade and Kristi (Jeff) Carter of Carthage; stepchildren Sharon Huff, Karon Huff, Vicki McPhearson, Tommy (Rachel) Huff Jr. and Wayne Huff.

Also surviving are grandchildren Allen (Tabitha) Kemp, Mandy (Robbie) Dixon, Samantha (Craig) Kemp-Mullins, Justin Gregory, Zachrey Carter and Taylor Carter; stepgrandchildren Rachel McClendon, Houston McPhearson, Tommy Huff III and Will Huff; great-grandchildren Tyler Dixon, Jak Kemp, Sam Mullins, Kaylee Dixon and Tinsley Kemp; brother Mr. Jerry Dexter (Janice) Gregory of Tampa, Fla.; sisters Sarita (Bobby) Enoch and Tamera (Tony) Gulley both of Hartsville; and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sherrys Run, P.O. Box 8, Lebanon, 37088.

Arrangements are in the care of Anthony Funeral Home, 337 McMurry Blvd., Hartsville.

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