Vivian  DePriest

Vivian Katherine "Polly" DePriest (Howard)

Friday, December 9th, 1932 - Sunday, December 20th, 2020
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Vivian Katherine "Polly" DePriest, age 88 of Cookeville, Tennessee passed from this life Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Cookeville Regional Medical Center.

She was born Friday, December 9, 1932 in Pocahontas, Arkansas. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Clara (Walker) Howard.

Polly was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend to all who knew her. She was a Valedictorian of the graduating class of 1950 Diehlstadt, Missouri High School, a Telephone Operator, a Record Librarian for Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and she and her Husband Leo owned and operated Grocery Stores including Green Acres Market and Spring Street Market, the Cookeville area for many years.

Polly is survived by her Loving Husband of 69 years: Leo DePriest of Cookeville, TN

1 Son and Daughter-in-law:
John and Sally DePriest of Cookeville, TN

2 Grandchildren:
Josh Bruce of Knoxville, TN and Jonathan Bruce of Sparta, TN

4 Great Grandchildren:
Alyce, Jayce, Embyrlee, and Lucca Bruce

1 Brother and Sister-in-law:
James and Carolyn Howard of Monroe, Michigan

Beloved Nieces and Nephews

In addition to her parents Polly was preceded in death by: 1 Sister: Clara Joe Stephenson.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Shriners or St. Jude Childrens Hospital.

Funeral service for Polly will be held Wednesday, December 23,2020 beginning at 2:00 pm from the chapel of Crest Lawn Funeral Home, with Dr. Charles McCaskey, and Rev. Christian Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 from 11:00am until time of service at 2:00pm.

Due to Covid-19 the funeral home requires everyone please wear a mask and practice social distancing.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    COOKEVILLE, TN 38501
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  • Service

    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 2:00pm
    Crest Lawn Funeral Home
    800 West Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Charles McCaskey
    Dr. Christian Smith
  • Interment

    Crest Lawn Memorial Cemetery
    800 W. Jackson Street
    Cookeville, TN 38501
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Dan Herren

Posted at 10:57am
Leo- I’m so sorry for the loss of your lovely wife, Polly. I have so many good memories of my time with you and Polly while working with you all. You both were so good to me which made coming to work most enjoyable and rewarding.
Take care my friend!

Rebecca Hudelston

Posted at 02:33pm
Deepest sympathy to the DePriest Family. Just to let you know, you are thought of in this time of sorry.
Rebecca Hudelston

Terry Randolph

Posted at 01:32pm
Leo, John David & The DePriest Family,

My heartfelt sympathy is extended to you. I Am So Sorry! I Love Polly So Dearly. I have such wonderful memories of Polly. I met Polly when I came to work for You Leo and Polly at the Green Acres Store in 1980 at the age of sixteen while in high school. I was a goofy kid and Polly extended from day one the most kindness to me. I left a few years later to pursue my career. The most unexpected Blessing was I took with me the most amazing friendships I had forged with Polly & Leo. All these years later my friendship only grew! I knew something was wrong when I did not receive Polly's Christmas card hand written in her beautiful hand writing. This is the first year I had not received one in Forty-Six years. Polly is a Lady and will Always remain one Dear Friend in my heart. I treasure Her, all the wonderful memories and the Amazing love She freely poured out to me!

Polly, Goodbye My Dear Friend Until I See You Again,
Love Always
Terry Randolph

elizabeth clark

Posted at 12:06pm
R.i.p Polly love you Liz clark


Posted at 10:22am
My sincere sympathy are extended to Leo and John David and Polly's family. You are in my thoughts and prayers, may God guide each of you in the difficult days to follow. I have a lot of fond memories of Ms. Polly she always had a smile on her face and was beautiful on the inside and out. RIP sweet lady.
Judy Gentry Longworth

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