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.

For nearly 100 years music has been a constant joy for Addine Dow, who began music lessons as a small child and for years kept a full schedule of singing and playing with her country and bluegrass band. The band appears at Morningside, Cedar Hills, and NHC in Cookeville as well as Life Care in Sparta and other locations.

“Both the audience and my fellow band members treat me so well—almost as if I were a princess!” Addine says as she explains why she loves performing. Sharing her love of music and especially of old melodies is both relaxing and exhilarating to her.

Serving as president of Cookeville FCE—Family, Community and Education Club—also keeps her involved in the community.

Of course many Collegeside parents are forever grateful to Addine for helping to give so many children a sound foundation in God’s Word by teaching the four- and five-year old Sunday School class for 16 years.

Addine also taught public school for 16 years in White County, where she grew up as Addine Womack, the youngest of four children and the caretaker from age 8 for her ailing mother. She was a teacher for 14 years in Louisiana, where she moved with her first husband, Larry Swack. Addine and Larry had one son, Tyrone.

Life fell apart for Addine in the early 1960s. Her husband died in July 1963; her father died in January 1964; and her precious son Tyrone died in March 1964. Tyrone, who had been married for only two months, was killed in a boat explosion in the Gulf of Mexico while working on a seismographic project with nine other men. His body was never found.

Life changed again for her when David Dow, a family friend from her White County days, called her. David and Addine were married from 1971 until David’s death in 1996. David, a native Cookevillian, brought his bride to Cookeville, and the couple placed membership at Collegeside in 1975.

How is life different today from the early years of the last century? Addine says important changes in day-to-day life came because of electricity and water in homes as well as good roads. She is still thankful for the freedoms that come with driving her car.

An important day for her was the day she was baptized in the Calfkiller River at age 12. And one important bit of advice to share with her Collegeside family would be to turn to 1 Corinthians 13 in times of happiness as well as sorrow!