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Obituaries 10-5-21

Don Cherry

Don Cherry, 83, of Moss passed away from this life on Sept. 24, at his residence.

He spent the majority of his adult life working in factories. He enjoyed hunting and shooting pheasant in his spare time, but his greatest pleasure was serving the Lord. He was a 60 year devoted member of the Pine Hill Church of Christ.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Jace and Ida (Hestand) Cherry; one son, Jimmy.

He is survived by his spouse, Anita Cherry; one son, Wendell (Jessica) Cherry; as well as a host of friends and neighbors that will mourn his passing. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Upton-Hay Funeral Home, on Sept. 26, with Dr. Jerry Bean officiating. Friends and family served as pallbearers

Shirley Gaw

Mr. Alvin Shirley Gaw, well known local businessman and philanthropist, passed away Saturday evening September 25 in Cookeville Regional Medical Center at the age of 86.

Funeral services were held at 12 noon Wednesday September 29 at Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ. Bro. Andy Brewster and Bro. Mark Gaw officiating. Interment followed in Cookeville City Cemetery.

His family received friends at the church on Tuesday from 3 – 8 p.m. and again Wednesday from 11 a.m. until service time.

Shirley was born January 26, 1935 in Cookeville, TN to the late Roy Gaw Sr. and Eula Mae Malone Gaw.

He was a member of Jefferson Avenue Church of Christ and was a former member and elder at Smyrna Church of Christ.

Shirley and his brothers owned and operated Gaw Brothers Produce for many years. Ever the entrepreneur, Shirley also pursued his interest in real estate development.

Survivors include: his son, Dr. Randy (Katherine) Gaw of Cookeville; two daughters, Deborah (Donny) Meadows and Darlene Gaw all of Cookeville; six grandchildren, Josh Meadows, Chelsea (Arash) Gaw Nazhad, Matthew (Casie) Meadows, Abby (Brad) Wood, Bradford Gaw Killmon, and Lindy (Tyler) Williams; great granddaughter, Elle Williams; siblings, Roy Gaw Jr., Velma Ferrell, Paul (Jeanette) Gaw, Evelyn (Larry) Burgess, and Jack Gaw; and his beloved canine companion, Molly.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Vera Ann Gaw; and brothers, Howard and James Gaw.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mustard Seed Ranch, 4955 Kuykendall Rd, Cookeville, TN 38501,

Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. (931) 526-6111. Share your thoughts and memories at

Shirley McCormick

Shirley McCormick, 75 passed away from this life on Sept. 23 at the Livingston Regional Hospital.

She spent most of her adult life working in a factory. She enjoyed reading, doing cross word puzzles, watching birds and westerns on tv, though it is believed that talking may have been her best and most favorite thing to do.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Edd Young and Fannie Florence (Abney) Butler; her spouse, Michael McCormick; daughter, Sherry “Mack” Ledbetter; sister, Elizabeth; brother, James “Butterlog” Butler.

She is survived by her grandson Carl (Mallory) Ledbetter II; brother Harold Butler (Doug); four nephews, Ricky, Jeff, Harold and Kenny; seven nieces, Vicky, Vanessa, Vonda, Sandy, Kim, Vivian and Martha; as well as a host of friends and neighbors that will mourn her passing. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 27 in the chapel of Upton-Hay Funeral Home with Kenny Westmoreland officiating. Matthew Ledbetter, Cody Jolin, Chris Hayes, Ty Garrett, J.R. Fraga and Brandon Owens served as pallbearers.

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