Archive for the ‘tenenesee’ Category

William Michael Gregory (FS ’75)

William Michael Gregory, 69, loving son, brother, father and grandfather of East Ridge, TN, passed away to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at a local hospital.

He was born October 16, 1951 in Covington, KY to the late Bill and Helen Gregory. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Sherida (Chip) Kelly.

He graduated from East Ridge High School, class of 1969. He played football at the Tennessee Military Institute, Ole Miss, and The University of Houston. He enjoyed sports and competition. He had great pride and love for his family. He loved to build models, toys, and projects.

He is survived by his three children and their mother Kaitlin Gregory; Chadwick (Caroline) Gregory; Steven (Kitty) Clift – Terry Gregory. His grandchildren Mason Gregory, Landon and Libby Clift. His brother Keith (Diane) Gregory. His nephews Hal (Denise) Wilson – Jack, Kara, Garrett; Todd Gregory. His nieces Elizabeth Wilson, Krista (David) Gale, Lindsay (Daniel) Roark – Paige, Landrie, Dylan.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

You may visit www.heritagechattanooga.com to share condolences to the Gregory Family.

Arrangements are by Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.

Eugene C. Platt (’77)

Eugene Platt Eugene Platt, 66, loving father and grandfather, died November 30, 2020, in Nashville.Born in Florida, Eugene grew up in Coral Gables. In his youth, he enjoyed singing in choir, playing soccer, playing the bass drum in a pipe band, and fishing with his family. He attended St. Thomas Episcopal High School in Houston, Texas; Catawba College in Salisbury, North Carolina; and the University of Houston. Retiring after a career in computer science, he reignited his love for learning at Bethel University, where he received his Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies in 2007. He worked as a Physician Assistant-Certified in Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga and was a member of the Tennessee Association of Physician Assistants, serving as a Tennessee delegate to the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He was a professor in the Physician Assistant Program at Bethel University.An avid Parrothead, Eugene owned no fewer than 31 Jimmy Buffett t-shirts. He loved competitive bridge, Carnival Cruises, theme parks, and key lime pie. He loved to sing, particularly in church choirs. He attended Mill Creek Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Puryear, Tenn. Eugene’s charitable contributions included Siloam Health, Salama Urban Ministries, and medical missions trips to indiginous communities in Belize.Prioritizing optimism and family unity, Eugene was proud of his commitment to sobriety and active in the recovery community. He was a supportive father who valued spending time with each of his sons. He loved being a grandfather and often could be found cheering his grandchildren on at sporting events, theater productions, and concerts.He is preceded in death by his father, Calvin; his mother, Mary Jane; and his sister, Beverly. He is survived by his brothers, Sandifer and Patrick; former spouse and lifelong friend Melinda Platt McCreary; his sons Joel, Andy (Melissa), and Daniel (Camille); and five grandchildren.The family will participate in a private memorial service that will be accessible via livestream on Saturday, December 5. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Siloam Health, 820 Gale Ln, Nashville, TN 37204, Memo: Eugene Platt.

Danny W. Higdon (Ed.D. ’72)

Danny Wallace Higdon

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Mary Crawford Higdon of Cookeville; his children Brian Higdon (Kimberly) of Nashville, Paul Higdon (Susan) of Franklin, and Rhonda Higdon England of Cookeville; grandchildren Lindsey Higdon of Franklin, Chelsey Higdon of Mexico Beach, Florida, Thomas Higdon of Franklin and Wade and Jack England of Cookeville. He is preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Kathleen Pittman, Virginia Stovall, Robbie Magliocca, and his brother Emmitt Higdon Jr. He is survived by one brother Gene Higdon (Bella) of Murfreesboro, numerous nieces and nephews, and by his large, extended family in Lake Charles, Louisiana.Danny was born February 9, 1937 in Tioga, Louisiana to Mary Lucretia Daffan and Emmitt DeWitt Higdon Sr. Danny graduated from Bolton High School in Alexandria, Louisiana in 1955 and from Northwestern State College in Natchitoches Louisiana in 1959. He immediately enlisted in the Army Security Agency. He served as a Morse code interceptor from 1959-1962 while stationed in Okinawa. He cherished his time in the service and established many lifelong friends. After an honorable discharge from the Service, he worked several years for Conoco Oil as an offshore roustabout in the Gulf of Mexico.His lifelong passion for teaching began when he taught at Hackberry High School in Cameron Parrish while earning his master’s degree from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA. He then attended the University of Houston where he earned his Doctor of Education degree in 1973. While obtaining his doctorate, he co-founded and served as the first headmaster at West Briar Private Elementary School.In 1973, Danny moved his family to Cookeville where he was a professor of Education at Tennessee Tech University for 27 years, retiring as the Department Head of Curriculum and Instruction. He loved his time at Tech and made many special and lasting relationships with both students and teachers alike. Danny taught by example and was a mentor to many school teachers and administrators in the Upper Cumberland Area.Danny was devoted to his family and he loved his many years coaching his children’s football, basketball, softball and baseball teams. After his family, his passions included constructing residential homes with his two sons, flying and piloting his airplane, and serving as a Putnam County Commissioner. Danny always enjoyed talking to people and finding out more about them. He was so proud of his children and his grandchildren and held a special place in his heart for his childhood friends, high school and college classmates, his army buddies, his co-workers at TTU, and many of the teachers in Putnam County. Danny was beloved as a husband, father, and grandfather, and he will be greatly missed.A memorial service will be announced at a future date. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of your choice