Alfred Martin Creswell

Alfred was one of the great gentlemen of this world and certainly a star that I guided my life by.

I had not seen Alfred for a few years now.

We used to see each other on a fairly regular basis as he and I would visit Sally’s aunt, Sue Ferguson.

You see Alfred had everything going against him. During the depression, he had lost his family and had to depend on the generosity of others. A generosity that he never forgot. A good man among men.

Mr. Alfred Martin Creswell, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. He was 88 years old. He was born December 8, 1922 in Cleveland, OH. He resided in Mobile, AL from 1923 to 1930 and was sent to the Presbyterian Home for children in Talladega, AL from 1930 to 1937.

From age 15, he was raised on a farm in Nankipoo, TN by foster parents, E. Marvin Browning and Bertha C. Browning, along with their daughter, Elna Browning McBride.

Dr. Creswell attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville from 1939 to 1941, and graduated from UT Knoxville with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1944. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in 1951.

Dr. Creswell served a term on the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors in 1962.

He was an avid sports fan of both schools. Dr. Creswell served in the US Navy from 1944-1946 as Lieutenant in the Underwater Demolition Team, participating in the occupation of Japan and the Pacific Theater.

He married Jean Hanlin in 1945. She passed away in 1986.

He began his practice of veterinary medicine in Union City, TN, practicing with George Davis and Larry Buckles until 1975.

After retiring from his Union City practice, he served as Assistant State Veterinarian for the State of Tennessee until his retirement in 1990.

Dr. Creswell was a member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, receiving the Meritorious Service Award in 1995. In Union City, he was a member of the Exchange Street Church of Christ, Rotary Club and Jaycees.

He was a charter member of the Union City Council from 1960 to 1964 and was Chairman of the Union City Board of Education during his term from 1964 to 1968.

He married Roberta Volner Smith in 1988. They have been residents of Jackson, TN since that time.

He was a member and active deacon of the North Jackson Baptist Church. He served several terms as foreman of the Madison County Grand Jury.

He was a member of the American Legion and the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post #1848 in Jackson.

He received the VFW Post’s Judge Gene Walker Award for Outstanding Veteran of the Year in 1997. He was a member of the VFW’s honor guard which conducted funeral ceremonies for veterans. In addition to his wife, his survivors are daughters, Elna Jean Butler of Hermitage, TN and Carolyn Williams and her husband, John of Goodlettsville, TN; son, Al Creswell and his wife, Michelle of Union City, TN; stepson, Bill Smith and his wife, Emily of Bartlett, Tn; grandsons, Phillip Creswell and his wife, Katie and their son, Preston of Union City, TN and Jay Williams and his wife, Amber and their daughter, Ava of Spring Hill, TN and granddaughters, Abby Remley and her husband, David of Union, KY, Abby Mayall and her husband, Nathan and their son, Jacob of Arlington, TN and Anna Brignole and her husband, Nick and their daughter, Ally of Arlington, TN.

Pallbearers were Larry Buckles, John Neill Johnson, Leland Davis, Larry Vernon, Ed Hare, Greg Yates, Wendall Bearden, Jerry Griggs, Harold Freeman, Herbert Brock and Carroll Kinsey.

Honorary pallbearers were members of his Sunday School Class at North Jackson Baptist Church. Visitation was held from 4 till 8 p.m. on Friday, April 29th at North Jackson Baptist Church located at 3768 Highway 45 Bypass in Jackson.

Graveside services were held at Noon Saturday at Obion County Memorial Gardens, 3939 Kenn-Tenn Highway in Union City.

The family requested that memorials be sent to the North Jackson Baptist Church.

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