Member Profiles

Charles & Phil Craighead

The following is one of several Collegeside member profiles written by Donna Smith over a period of several years. They tell the personal stories of some of our long-time members, some of whom are living and some of whom have gone on to be with their Lord. Their personal stories are an important part of the historical fabric of Collegeside.

You probably don’t realize that a crying toddler led to the first addition to the still-new Collegeside Church building. That toddler was Phil Craighead on his first visit to Collegeside, and he was crying and protesting because he wanted to go to Bible class. Bob Lee Maddux, who was trying to teach an adult class in spite of the crying, agreed. So, Bob Lee Maddux began the annex to give the growing church more space, especially for children’s classes. Read More

Jim & Maxine Drake

The following is one of several Collegeside member profiles written by Donna Smith over a period of several years. They tell the personal stories of some of our long-time members, some of whom are living and some of whom have gone on to be with their Lord. Their personal stories are an important part of the historical fabric of Collegeside.

Jim and Maxine Drake still fight the classic struggle between the North and the South, or as they call it, the Green Beans War.  Maxine, who is from Kenosha,Wisconsin, says that green beans are skinny vegetables that should be minimally cooked so that they taste like green beans.  Jim, who grew up right here in Cookeville, likes his green beans—the kind with actual beans in them—to be simmered and seasoned with fat. Read More

Adele & Herod Birdwell

The following is one of several Collegeside member profiles written by Donna Smith over a period of several years. They tell the personal stories of some of our long-time members, some of whom are living and some of whom have gone on to be with their Lord. Their personal stories are an important part of the historical fabric of Collegeside.

With more than 30 years each in the education field and with daughters who are both 3rd grade teachers, Herod and Adele Birdwell have served Tennessee well. Read More

Addine Dow

The following is one of several Collegeside member profiles written by Donna Smith over a period of several years. They tell the personal stories of some of our long-time members, some of whom are living and some of whom have gone on to be with their Lord. Their personal stories are an important part of the historical fabric of Collegeside.

A full calendar of church, friends, community, and music keeps Addine Dow’s life busy. Read More

Elizabeth Murphy

The following is one of several Collegeside member profiles written by Donna Smith over a period of several years. They tell the personal stories of some of our long-time members, some of whom are living and some of whom have gone on to be with their Lord. Their personal stories are an important part of the historical fabric of Collegeside.

On hot summer days you can find Elizabeth Murphy sitting beside Cherokee Lake, reading every book she can get her hands on, and eating homegrown tomatoes as she visits at the lake house of her daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Robert Breeding. She enjoys watching her granddaughter Libby start the morning water skiing with her dad.

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