David Bruce

David Watson Bruce

Friday, February 21st, 1936 - Friday, March 5th, 2021
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David Watson Bruce was born in Stephens County, Georgia on February 21, 1936. He was the son of Margaret and John Bruce. In 1954 he went to work as a lineman for General Telephone Co. He was the telephone man in a little town called Carnesville, GA where he met and married his future wife, Johnnie Busha. They were married in July 1959 and started a family. He moved his family to Cookeville, TN in 1967. After retiring as district manager from GTE in 1982 he enjoyed growing a garden, woodworking, and playing cards and board games with his grandchildren. All the kids loved Grandpa’s sweet corn.

David passed from this life on March 5, 2021 at his home, where he wanted to be. David is survived by his wife, sons David Jr. (Donna), Greg (Teresa), and Ken Bruce, grandchildren Kenneth Cornett, Candra Sparks (Chris), Sarah McAlpin, Harrison, Jonathan (Tressa), and Josh (Checovoia) Bruce, and great-grandchildren Clayton and Chloe Sparks, Blaine and Mahler McAlpin, and Alyce, Jayce, Embyrlee, and Lucca Bruce.

A graveside service was held on March 6 at Crestlawn Memorial Cemetery with Bill Stone officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Caris Hospice.

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Arrangements entrusted to Crest Lawn Funeral Home.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Saturday, March 6th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 6th, 2021 2:00pm
    Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    800 West Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Bro. Bill Stone
  • Interment

    Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    800 W. Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Rick Sollman

Posted at 05:35pm
My heartfelt thoughts and prayers to the entire Bruce family. Rick Sollman

Darlene Whitehead League

Posted at 11:14am
So many of our friends from our old computer club are passed away now, but we have great memories of them all.
Darlene (Whitehead) League & Family

Cathie Johnson

Posted at 07:05pm
Donna, So sorry for the loss of your father in law. Cathie from Dr. Staggs office.

Cindy Wilmoth

Posted at 11:26am
Sending prayers to Mr Bruce's family.

Joel Seber

Posted at 08:44pm
I'm so sorry to hear of David's passing. I hadn't heard from him in years. I have many great memories of David when we were in the CMUG computer group back in the '80s. David will be missed very much. I pray God will comfort and strengthen all of you during this time.

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