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Etta B <I>Smith</I> Medley

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Etta B Smith Medley

Birth
Cookeville, Putnam County, Tennessee, USA
Death
9 Feb 2014 (aged 61)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial
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COOKEVILLE — A Celebration of Life service for Etta B. Medley, 61, of
Bloomington Springs, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Double Springs
Community Church.
Mrs. Medley passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
She was born Monday, Aug. 18, 1952, in Cookeville to the
late Ben and Etta (Rector) Smith.
Mrs. Medley was a loving wife and mother, member of
Double Springs Community Church, and was a friend to
everyone she met.
Her family includes her husband, Dwight D. Medley of Bloomington Springs; a son,
David Lee Medley of Baxter; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Roy
Gentry of Baxter, Darlene and Glen Farrell of Rickman, Irene and Junior Meadows of
Bloomington Springs and Wanda Meadows of Bloomington Springs; and five brothers
and two sisters-in-law, Carlen Smith of Cookeville, Dale Smith of Cookeville, Larry and
Tina Smith of Cookeville, Ed and Karen Smith of Baxter and Mark Smith of Sparta.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Bro. Frank Rodgers will officiate at the services.
Please visit www.crestlawnmemorial.com and sign the online guest register and send a
message to the family.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (931) 526-6384

DOUBLE SPRINGS SHOOTING VICTIM DIES
by Bailey Darrow
PUTNAM COUNTY — The victim of a shooting at a Double Springs Church last week
has died.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department released a statement Monday morning,
indicating Etta Medley, 61, passed away from injuries sustained last Sunday when her
estranged brother-in-law entered the Double Springs Community Church and shot
Medley in the abdomen.
On February 2, the Sheriff’s Department responded to the church in reference to one
person inside the church being shot and a gunman who was still in the building.
The Putnam County S.W.A.T. team entered the building where they found Medley and
rushed her to Cookeville Regional Medical Center where she underwent emergency
surgery.
Medley was then transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she died around 3:30
p.m. yesterday.
The shooter, Tommy Meadows, 64, of Bloomington Springs, had reportedly come to the
church with a firearm looking for his estranged wife, Medley’s sister. Meadows allegedly
made threats to kill his wife and an altercation ensued, resulting in Medley’s injuries.
The wife managed to escape the building and Meadows apparently turned the gun on
himself. S.W.A.T. team members found Meadows deceased in the church basement.
Medley and her sister were the only two people in the building at the time Meadows
arrived. Officials said the two were preparing for that day’s church services. Friends
described Medley as a well-liked, Christian woman who will be greatly missed.
Herald-Citizen, Cookeville, TN: 10 February 2014
COOKEVILLE — A Celebration of Life service for Etta B. Medley, 61, of
Bloomington Springs, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Double Springs
Community Church.
Mrs. Medley passed away on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
She was born Monday, Aug. 18, 1952, in Cookeville to the
late Ben and Etta (Rector) Smith.
Mrs. Medley was a loving wife and mother, member of
Double Springs Community Church, and was a friend to
everyone she met.
Her family includes her husband, Dwight D. Medley of Bloomington Springs; a son,
David Lee Medley of Baxter; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Evelyn and Roy
Gentry of Baxter, Darlene and Glen Farrell of Rickman, Irene and Junior Meadows of
Bloomington Springs and Wanda Meadows of Bloomington Springs; and five brothers
and two sisters-in-law, Carlen Smith of Cookeville, Dale Smith of Cookeville, Larry and
Tina Smith of Cookeville, Ed and Karen Smith of Baxter and Mark Smith of Sparta.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Bro. Frank Rodgers will officiate at the services.
Please visit www.crestlawnmemorial.com and sign the online guest register and send a
message to the family.
Crest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (931) 526-6384

DOUBLE SPRINGS SHOOTING VICTIM DIES
by Bailey Darrow
PUTNAM COUNTY — The victim of a shooting at a Double Springs Church last week
has died.
The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department released a statement Monday morning,
indicating Etta Medley, 61, passed away from injuries sustained last Sunday when her
estranged brother-in-law entered the Double Springs Community Church and shot
Medley in the abdomen.
On February 2, the Sheriff’s Department responded to the church in reference to one
person inside the church being shot and a gunman who was still in the building.
The Putnam County S.W.A.T. team entered the building where they found Medley and
rushed her to Cookeville Regional Medical Center where she underwent emergency
surgery.
Medley was then transferred to Vanderbilt Medical Center where she died around 3:30
p.m. yesterday.
The shooter, Tommy Meadows, 64, of Bloomington Springs, had reportedly come to the
church with a firearm looking for his estranged wife, Medley’s sister. Meadows allegedly
made threats to kill his wife and an altercation ensued, resulting in Medley’s injuries.
The wife managed to escape the building and Meadows apparently turned the gun on
himself. S.W.A.T. team members found Meadows deceased in the church basement.
Medley and her sister were the only two people in the building at the time Meadows
arrived. Officials said the two were preparing for that day’s church services. Friends
described Medley as a well-liked, Christian woman who will be greatly missed.
Herald-Citizen, Cookeville, TN: 10 February 2014


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