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OBIT: Mr. Homer “Buddy” Hackett of Cookeville

Mr. Homer “Buddy” Hackett of Cookeville and formerly of the Monoville Community, retired District Manager of the Cookeville office of Upper Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation, died at the age of 91 Monday morning September 19, 2016 at 6:40 a.m. at his Kenway Street home in Cookeville.

Graveside services and interment with military honors were conducted Thursday morning September 22nd at 10 a.m. at Crest Lawn Cemetery. Rev. Mark Gaw officiated with Hooper-Huddleston & Horner of Cookeville in charge of arrangements.

Born Homer Savage Hackett in Trousdale County on December 19, 1924, he was one of eight children and the fifth to die of the late Benton Bridgewater Hackett who died February 12, 1970 at the age of 80 and Annie Mai Armstrong Hackett who died April 9, 1930 at the age of 30.

Four siblings preceded him in death, twins, Bobby Dean Hackett who December 26, 2002 at the age of 62 and Betty Hackett Carson who died August 18, 2011 at the age of 71, Beverly Jane Hackett who died April 12, 1950 at the age of 13 and Mary Julia Hackett West-Roberts who died December 7, 2010 at the age of 87.

Shortly after being born in Trousdale Mr. Hackett’s family moved to the Monoville Community.

He graduated in the 1942 class of Smith County High School.

Mr. Hackett proudly served our country with the United States Navy during World War II and was assigned to the Navy Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater on the Marianas Islands. He was a nose gunner in a PB4 Y2 bomber and served our country from 1943 until being honorably discharged in 1946.

On December 23, 1948 he was united in marriage to Pleasant Shade Community native the former Carrie Nell Russell.

Mr. Hackett joined U.C.E.M.C. in 1948 at the Carthage office and in 1951 was transferred to the Cookeville office where he was employed for over forty two years before retirement in 1990.

After his family and church his greatest love was sports. He coached Little League and Babe Ruth baseball for over twenty five years.

His 1966 Little League All Star team won the state championship and that team recently honored him on the fiftieth anniversary of that momentous occasion with a reunion of all the team members.

In 1979, he again won the state championship with a Junior Babe Ruth All-Star team.

During the Homer Hackett Appreciation Day in 1989 the Parkview Babe Ruth Field in Cookeville was renamed the Homer Hackett Field.

Mr. and Mrs. Hackett were charter members of the Washington Avenue Baptist Church in Cookeville

Surviving in addition to his wife of almost sixty eight years is a daughter, Pamela Hackett Parish and husband John of Cookeville; son, Michael S. Hackett and wife Cynthia of Brentwood; six grandchildren, David Legge and fiancée April Sisk, Laura Beth Libbey, Katie Horn and husband Eric, Hunter Hackett, Leslie Bledsoe and husband Sam, Carrie Hackett; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob and Evan Libbey, Derek and Julia Legge, Sarah, Emily and Anna Horn and Rudy Bledsoe; three sisters, Lucille Hackett Dixon and Ann Gregory Hackett both of Carthage, Billie Jo Wamack of Birmingham, Alabama; several nieces and nephews.

This notice provided as a courtesy to the Hackett family.