Ralph Douglas Broyles
Posted By Kim Swindell Wood | August 14, 2019 8:18 am
Last Updated: August 14, 2019 at 8:55 am
Ralph Douglas Broyles, 82, of Cookeville, passed from this life Aug. 13, 2019, at his home, in Cookeville.
Mr. Broyles was born Jan. 21, 1937, in Sparta.
He graduated from White County High School, in 1955. Mr. Broyles played football at the University of Tennessee and finished his football career as a Golden Eagle, at Tennessee Tech, in 1961, where he was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, in 2011.
He married the love of his life, Patricia Ann Stanakis Broyles, on Dec. 22, 1957, and they celebrated over 60 wonderful years together.
They had three children, Douglas Dewayne (Cyndi), of Lafayette, Kimberly Anne (Robert) Agee, of Cookeville, and Kevin Ralph (Susie), of Cookeville.
Mr. Broyles was the son of William Ray Broyles and Mattie Lula Bradley Broyles, who had resided in Sparta.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy; his oldest sibling, Roberta; and his parents, Ray and Lula.
His surviving siblings are Kenneth (Martha Sue), of Sparta, Martha Jo Vaughn, of Sparta, James (Betsy), of Carthage, and Leon (Martha Jane), of Sparta.
Mr. Broyles has seven grandchildren: Peyton (Logan) Broyles, Morgan (Jesse) McDowell, Andrew (Krissie) Agee, Robert (future wife Lexi) Agee, Joseph Agee, Jimmy (Sara) Hill, and Ashley (Jordan) Purdy.
He also had seven great-grandchildren: (Doug) Jaxon and Payson Agee, Bo Broyles, (Kim) Tucker Agee, (Kevin) Roane, Abram, and Hattie Hill, and J.P Purdy.
Mr. Broyles moved to Gainesboro after he and Patsy married and started his career with Farm Bureau the day after he graduated college and retired with over 40 years of service. He was a member of the Lions Club and served in many other community functions. He was also a board member for Citizens Bank for many years.
Mr. Broyles was a loving husband and devoted father. He loved the Lord and led his life according to his teachings. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, in Gainesboro, where he was a leader in the church and sang in the choir.
The family will hold a private graveside service.
There will be a celebration of life ceremony at 3 p.m., Aug. 31, 2019, at First United Methodist Church, in Gainesboro, for everyone who would like to attend.
The family would like to thank all the caregivers who loved and cared for Daddy for many years.
Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.