Billy Morris Verble

Billy Morris Verble

Funeral services with military honors for Mr. Billy Morris Verble, 88, of Cookeville, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 26, 2020, from the Cookeville Chapel of Hooper Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home with Pastor Albert Willis officiating.

Billy passed away January 18, 2020, at NHC of Cookeville after a brief and sudden illness.

He grew up in the Sulphur Community before moving to Detroit for a career in the growing manufacturing business.

A retired auto and steel industry worker, he spent 41 years in Michigan before returning to Cookeville in 1992 where he continued working in numerous endeavors until 2010.

Billy was a man of deep faith and a veteran, having served as a U.S. Army corporal.

He loved sports, especially baseball, football, car racing, and horse racing. His favorite baseball team was the Cincinnati Reds, but he also rooted for the Detroit Tigers and NY Yankees.

He loved music, particularly country and bluegrass, and enjoyed attending live shows. An ardent gardener, he continued to set out tomato plants every year including this past spring.

Born in Rickman, in 1931, he was the son of the late Ben Wheeler and Stella Verble.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bernard, Kenneth, and James; and a sister who died in infancy.

He is survived by two daughters, Virginia Sircy of Cookeville and Carol Verble of New York City; a son-in-law, Ken Sircy of Cookeville; and former spouse of 44 years, Betty Verble of Algood.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Cookeville Animal Shelter or to your favorite charity.

Special care provided by Hooper, Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. (C)