Jim Cawley

Jim Cawley

Jim Cawley | James Joseph “Jim” Cawley Jr
The Messenger. 06.05.08 Completed arrangements are being announced for James Joseph “Jim” Cawley Jr., 55, of Union City, long-time broadcaster for Union City High School and Obion County sports and veteran radio news man. He died at 6:45 a.m. June 4, 2008, at his home after a 20-month battle with cancer. Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Union City First Baptist Church, with Dr. Matthew Wohlfarth officiating. Burial will follow in Obion County Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at the church 4-8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. until the hour of services Saturday. Pallbearers will be Mike Rauchle, Billy Joe Petty, Art Sparks, Scott Hudgins, Kenneth Kemp and Barry Burcham. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Fowler, Mark Ward, Richard Dickerson, Jere Baldridge, Jerry Carpenter, Nick Dunagan, Bill Kaler, Raiford Tarver, David Fowler, Ray Douglas, Richard Chesteen, Mike Hutchens, Marty Sisco, Paul Tinkle, Johnny Bacon, Randy Barnes, Larry Shanks, Dan Weber, Jimmy Gray, David Bartholomew, Terry Hailey, Terry Speed, Jim Cooper, Jim Rippy, John Tanner, Don Thornton, Vinson Thompson, Lonnie Grady, Terry Overall, Mark Graham, Jimmy Cagle, Al Creswell, Barry Duncan, Robin Wood, Jim Glasgow, Charlie Holland, Jim Greer, Steve Hopkins, Paul Olexa, Steve Russell, Al Childrey, Bobby Whitby, Larry Speed, Donnie Braswell, Gene Dearmitt, Johnny Tate, John Warner, Larry Vernon, Steve Goodrich, Tony Maness and Dr. Frank Clark. The family requests that memorials be made to Hometown Walk of Hope or the Union City Rotary Club Scholarship Fund. White-Ranson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Cawley was born June 20, 1952, in Obion County, son of the late James Joseph Cawley Sr. and the late Bettie (Brinkley) Black. He married the former Sheila Scott June 2, 2001. She survives. He was a 1970 graduate of Union City High School and received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1980. He claimed a master of science degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2000. He had also graduated from the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing and Management in 2003. He was director of marketing for Reelfoot Bank and had been a quality control agent at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. early in his career, but he was most well known for his broadcasting talents and interest in sports as displayed during his tenure as news and sports director and assistant manager of radio stations WENK and WWKF (KF99) in Union City. He had broadcast more than 5,000 football, basketball and baseball games at the high school and collegiate level, including several state championships and post-season events, and had interviewed numerous celebrities in sports, entertainment and government. He was also actively involved in the Union City Babe Ruth League for 35 years and was chairman of the Union City Parks and Recreation Department for more than 20 years. Cawley was a member of Union City Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was also a former member of Union City Jaycees and a former president of Union City Kiwanis Club. He was a charter board member of Obion County Crime Stoppers and a member of the Main Street board of directors. He had been president of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and had been a sports official for Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association since 1971. He was a member of Union City First Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the sound committee and an usher, and he had been part of the church’s 125th anniversary committee. He had also been member of Boy Scout Troop 55. Survivors also include his stepdaughter, Hannah Napier of Union City; his sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Barry Keathley of Union City; his brother and sister-in-law, Jon and Jill Cawley of Mount Airy, N.C.; six nephews, Jeremy Keathley and Justin Keathley, both of Union City, Bryan Cawley of Oklahoma and Kendall Cawley, Cameron Cawley and Simon Cawley, all of Mount Airy; and two nieces, Katie Keathley of Union City and Beth Anderson of Prosper, Texas. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Kim Cawley. Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home Web site: www.white-ranson.com.

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