Dr. Al Creswell
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 12:51 pm
The Messenger, April 29, 2011
Dr. Alfred Martin “Al” Creswell, 88, of Jackson and a former resident of Union City, died April 27, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Graveside services will be held at noon Saturday at Obion County Memorial Gardens, with White-Ranson Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Chaplain Spurgeon Smith will officiate and pallbearers will be Dr. Larry Buckles, John Neill Johnson, Dr. Leland Davis, Larry Vernon, Ed Hare, Greg Yates, Wendall Bearden, Jerry Griggs, Harold Freeman, Carroll Kinsey and Herbert Brock. Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday school class at North Jackson Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at North Jackson Baptist Church, located at 3768 Highway 45 Bypass in Jackson.
The family requests that memorials be sent to the church.
He was born Dec. 8, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, and resided in Mobile, Ala., from 1923-30. He was sent to the Presbyterian Home for Children in Talledaga, Ala., from 1930-37. From the age of 15, he was raised on a farm in Nankipoo by his foster parents, E. Marvin Browning and Bertha C. Browning, along with their daughter, Elna (Browning) McBride.
He attended David Lipscomb College in Nashville from 1939-41 and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a degree in animal husbandry in 1944. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University in Alabama 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.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served from 1944-46 with the rank of lieutenant in the Underwater Demolition Team, participating in the occupation of Japan and the Pacific Theater.
He married the former Jean Hanlin in 1945. She died in 1986. He married the former Roberta Volner Smith in 1988 and they have been residents of Jackson since that time.
Dr. Creswell began his practice of veterinary medicine in Union City, practicing with the late Dr. George Davis and Dr. 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. He was a member of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, receiving the Meritorious Service Award in 1995. In Union City, he was a member of Exchange Street Church of Christ, Union City Rotary Club and Union City Jaycees. He was a charter member of the Union City Council from 1960-64 and was chairman of the Union City Board of Education from 1964-68.
In Jackson he was a member and active deacon of North Jackson Baptist Church. He served several terms as foreman of the Madison County Grand Jury and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign War Post No. 1848 in Jackson. He received the VFW Post’s Judge Gene Walker Award for Outstanding Veteran of the Year in 1997 and was a member of the VFW’s honor guard, which conducted funeral ceremonies for veterans.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and his son-in-law, Elna Jean Butler of Hermitage and Carolyn and John Williams of Goodlettsville; his son and daughter-in-law, Al and Michelle Creswell of Union City; his stepson and daughter-in-law, Bill and Emily Smith of Bartlett; five grandchildren and their spouses, Phillip and Katie Creswell of Union City, Abby and David Remley of Union, Ky., Jay and Amber Williams of Spring Hill and Abby and Nathan Mayall and Anna and Nick Brignole, all of Arlington; and four great-grandchildren, Preston Creswell of Union City, Ava Williams of Spring Hill and Jacob Mayall and Ally Brignole, both of Arlington.
Condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.white-ranson.com.