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Obituary: Alan Gregory Willis

WILLIS, Alan Gregory Age 83, passed away October 6, 2009. Mr. Willis was preceded in death by wife, Joyce. He is survived by daughter, Leslie Bradley (Dale); grandchildren, Chris Alan and Mary Elizabeth Bradley. Services will be Thursday, 11 a.m., at Eastland. Visitation one hour before service. In lieu of flowers, make donations to 50 Forward Meals on Wheels or Nashville Rescue Mission. EASTLAND FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICE, (615) 227-9558.

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Obituary: Arthur D. Hancock Sr.

AD Hancock

HANCOCK, A.D.Age 83 years, died August 2, 2009 at his Nashville home. Preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Jane Elam Hancock. Survived by sons, Art Hancock, Steve (Linda) Hancock and Rob Hancock; and daughter, Vicki (Alan) Wright; grandchildren, Bradley, Meg and Jake Wright, and Wolfe Hancock; brothers, Pope (Evelyn) Hancock and Don (Ann) Hancock; and sister, Dorothy (Hugh) Johnson. Born April 23, 1926, A.D., a native of Robertson County, served in the US Navy during WWII as a radarman on the destroyer escort, USS Tomich. After the war, A.D. received his bachelor and master degrees from George Peabody College where he was a member of Phi Chi Alpha Fraternity. During his 42 year career, he served as Principal of Cumberland, Isaac Litton, Hume-Fogg, Hillwood and Hunters Lane High Schools. He served as the first principal of Hunters Lane from 1986-1992. He was selected as the first Secondary School Principal of the Year for the State of Tennessee in 1991. He served on the TSSAA Board of Control from 1974 until his retirement in 1992, serving as President for 3 years. After retirement, he was inducted into the TSSAA Hall of Fame. A.D. was an active member of the Civitan Club of Nashville and selected Civitan of the Year in 2003. He was a member of First Baptist Church Nashville and the Sojourners Sunday School Class. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 4, 2009 from 3-6 p.m., at First Baptist Church Nashville +16156646000, and Wednesday, August 5, 2009 from 10-11 a.m., at Spring Hill Funeral Home. A Memorial service will follow at 11 a.m., at Spring Hill Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church Nashville, Belmont Mansion or TSSAA Hall of Champions. Arrangements by SPRING HILL FUNERAL HOME AND CEMETERY, 5110 Gallatin Road, Nashville, TN +16158651101

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Sticky: CHS Faculty Update June 2009

During the course of the recent 63 64 65 combined reunion I made contact with several of our teachers. The last reunion we had 5 teachers attend and this time Mr. Wilson and Ms. Hoover were the only ones able to join us.

Mr.Wilson is well and is now 80 and still lives in the same house he did while teaching at Cumberland.

Ms. Hoover lives in Hendersonville and when she left Cumberland she taught at Hendersonville high for 25 years.

I talked with Coach Adcock and learned that he had recently been very sick and he stated to me he almost died.

I spoke with Coach Duncan and his wife had recently fallen and broken her hip and he was taking care of her.

I talked with Coach Mayernick and he had retired but was still substitute teaches.

I learned that Jeri Taylor has been sick and learned that Mr. Tom Hightower has passed away.

Mr. Carter has been making frequent visits to Mr. Hancock who is at home battling cancer.

Mr. Hancock refused treatment and is home with Hospice care. Several weeks before the reunion, Mr. Wilson and I visited Mr. Hancock. He was glad to see us and although he was very weak his mind was sharp and we laughed and shared stories about ole Cumberland High. He stated that Cumberland was very special to him because it was his first assignment as principal. He had been assistant Principal at 2 previous schools before coming to Cumberland. Mr. Wilson and I had made a plan to provide Mr. Hancock transportation to and from the reunion if his health permitted. He was excited and was going to attempt the visit. Two days prior to the event, I made contact and learned that his condition had declined and he was unable to attend. Several months ago I put out a mail request to Mr. Hancock from Cumberland students and many responed and he was very happy with the cards and letters. If you would like to send him a card or a note I know he will appreciste it..His address is

A.D. Hancock
401 Bowling Avenue
Nashville, TN 37205

I will keep everyone informed of Mr. Hancocks condition.

Dave Barfield Class 64
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