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Obituary – Gary Brewington



Funeral services for Gary Howard Brewington, age 69, of Cookeville, were held Tuesday July 30 at Washington Avenue Baptist Church with Blake Pierce and Rev. Mark Gaw officiating.

Gary passed away Saturday July 27, 2019 at Signature Health Care of Putnam County.

He was born December 12, 1949 in Cookeville, TN to the late Henry and Lorene McCormick Brewington.

He was a longtime member of Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

Gary worked as an auctioneer with Manheim Auto Auction for over 35 years. He was an entrepreneur throughout his life, owning several businesses including Cookeville Auto Auction, BrewCo Auto Sales, and Brewington Auction and Realty. He was formerly part-owner of Dyer Funeral Home. Gary also worked at Putnam County Emergency Management Services.

His interest in farming and agriculture led him to serve on many related community boards and organizations. He was Past President of Putnam County Farm Bureau, Putnam County Soil Conservation Board, Putnam County Co-Op, Putnam Cattleman's Association, and Cumberland Beef Breeders Association. He also served on the TN State Fair Board and the Putnam County Fair Board.

Gary will be fondly remembered as the announcer for the Horse Show at the Putnam County Fair for many years. His passion for Tennessee Walking Horses gave him the opportunity to serve as announcer for horse shows throughout the Upper Cumberland and other states for over 40 years. He was auctioneer for the Wiser Farm Horse Sale in Shelbyville, TN for several years and sponsored the flag horse at the TN Walking Horse Celebration for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Janice Gibbons Brewington; stepdaughter, Kristie (Joe) Kirby; two grandchildren, Jimmy (Cassie) Weaver and Ashley Weaver; two step-grandchildren, Kayla (Bo) Williams and Tyler (Keisha) Kirby; step-great-grandchildren, Ryleigh, Jalynn, Collin, and Annalease; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Larry and Virginia Eldridge; nephews, Steve (Cindy) Pierce and Jason (Kelly) Eldridge; great nephews and nieces, Blake (Samantha) Pierce, Abbie (Cannon) Pogue; Cady Bilbrey, and Skylar Hicks; great-great nieces and nephews, Piper, Pete, and Peyton.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Barry Eldridge.

Pallbearers will be David Poston, Steve Pierce, Larry Eldridge, Sam Chapel, Dr. Stacy Brewington, Ronnie Williams, Tony Smith, Thomas Lynn, and Paul Gaw.

Honorary Pallbearers are Paul Adrian Gaw, Nolan Cole, Scott Wilson, Tracy Sweat, Scott Roach, Bob Lee Bilbrey, Donnie Julian, and Manheim Auto Auction Employees.

Memorial contributions may be made to Structured Athletics for Challenged Children, in memory of Ashley's Papa Gary, 423 Nash Ave, Cookeville, Tn 38501.

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