Dr. Diane Lee Sadler

Dr. Diane Lee Sadler

Funeral services for Dr. Diane Lee Sadler, 68, of Livingston, will be held Wednesday, October 14, 2020, from Livingston Central Park. Family and friends will be received from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, prior to the service.

Dr. Sadler passed away, Friday, October 9, 2020, following a brief illness. Interment will be in Draper Memorial Cemetery in Gainesboro.

In addition to her parents, the Honorable John Fowler Sadler and Mary Anderson Sadler, Dr. Sadler was preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry Meadows Sadler and Kenneth Ray Sadler; and a brother-in-law, Dock Little.

Dr. Sadler is survived by a devoted husband, Waymon “Bruce” Hudgens of Livingston, and former husband and dear friends, James Robbins and wife Denise of Monroe. Cherishing the memory of their beloved mother are Toni Robbins Brandt and husband Brad of Nashville and James Howard Robbins Jr. and wife Ginger of Cookeville. Additionally, Dr. Sadler is survived by a stepson, Tucker Hudgens and wife Kristen of Panama City, FL. Dr. Sadler’s adoring grandchildren include granddaughters Ava Clare, Annalee Beck, and Amelia James Robbins of Cookeville and grandsons Hunter Lee and John Loyd Brandt of Nashville.

Surviving siblings include two sisters, Gale Sadler Little and Nan Ola Sadler Stewart, both of Cookeville; and three brothers, Dr. John Sadler of Bremerton, WA, David Sadler of Livingston, and twin brother, Don Sadler of Melbourne Beach, FL.

Surviving parents-in-law are Gene and Elois Hudgens of Sparta. Surviving siblings-in-law include Anita Sadler, Terri Sadler, Pam Sadler, Teresa Poindexter Sadler, Earl Ray Stewart, Joanne Pralle, Ralph and Diane Robbins, Mike and Denise Hudgens, Fred and Wendy Hudgens, and Kim and Glen Sims.

Dr. Sadler blessed the individual and collective lives of countless cousins, nieces, nephews, colleagues, students, and dear friends who celebrate her life.

A native Livingstonian, Dr. Sadler was a 1970 graduate of Livingston Academy. A career educator and academic administrator, she earned her BS, MA, and EDS from Tennessee Technological University. In 1989 Dr. Sadler earned her EDD from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Sadler served as an adjunct professor at Tennessee Tech. Upon her retirement from a 40-year career serving Overton County schools, Dr. Sadler was elected to the Overton County Board of Education, a position of public service held at the time of her passing.

A devout Christian, Dr. Sadler worshiped with Collegeside Church of Christ in Cookeville. Prior to such membership, Dr. Sadler was an active member of the Livingston Church of Christ for many years.

As a patriotic American and as an active community participant, Dr. Sadler’s memberships included the Livingston Rotary Club, Livingston Downtown Revitalization Committee, Delta Kappa Gamma (Alpha Upsilon Chapter), and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Dr. Sadler was a member of the Tennessee Tech and the University of Tennessee Alumni Associations, respectively.

Known for her generous and most gracious hospitality, Dr. Sadler’s in-town historic residence was the venue of countless social and holiday festivities. Family and friends were always welcome.

Ever supportive, endlessly inspiring, and always encouraging was the spirit of Diane Sadler. The consummate life coach and simultaneous cheerleader was she.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Mustard Seed Ranch, 4955 Kuykendall Road, Cookeville, TN 38501; Happy Haven, 2311 Wakefield Drive, Cookeville, TN 38501; or Church of Christ Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 111180 Nashville, TN 37222.

Special care provided by Speck Funeral Home. (C)