Lillian Morehead

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.

Mama Lil knows how to “bloom where she’s planted,” says Pam Toline of her grandmother, Lillian Morehead.

And bloom is what Lillian Morehead has done all her life. She fills her life with art and music as she draws and paints and keeps up her piano playing. Sharing space with her paintings and drawings in her apartment at Morningside are exquisite examples of Scherenschnitte, small silhouettes she has learned to create with tiny scissors.

She also enthusiastically participates in Bridge and keeps up a long-time correspondence with a group of friends she has had for 50 years.

“I believe in keeping my hands and my mind busy,” she says.

Lillian grew up as one of the middle of six children in Obion County, Tennessee, where her father was an elder in the church. In 1947 she and her husband, Dr. M. R. Morehead, a dentist, moved to Cookeville with their three children, Nancy, Cindy, and Reece.

The family decided to be a part of the congregation moving to the brand new church building near the Tennessee Tech campus. Lillian and her family have been active at Collegeside ever since its beginning.

Lillian said that her husband loved to go duck hunting. She did not want to hunt ducks, so she decided to join one of Ray Kinslow’s trips to the Holy Land. She has interesting photos and good memories of the tour, and she never regretted missing the duck hunting trips.

When Dr. Morehead died in 1994, the couple had celebrated 62 years of marriage. They have had three children, five grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

When her children were growing up, another way she kept her hands and mind busy was by being a Girl Scout leader. She won the Girl Scout Leadership award twice, was Director of the annual Middle Tennessee area campout, and has fond memories of attending the Girl Scout Roundup in Vermont.

“I taught the girls how to keep their tents dry,” she explains, and proudly describes the time a storm blew down all the tents at a large campout except the ones her scouts had pitched.

She also volunteered for years with the Red Cross Bloodmobile and played a big part in getting the service to come to town.

She began painting when she observed her daughter’s developing artistic talent. “I thought Cindy must have got it from somewhere, so I tried it!” she claims. And she has been painting and drawing ever since.

Lillian shared her artistic skills with Collegeside by decorating the hall bulletin boards and by teaching Bible classes for little ones. Some members may remember the scenes she painted on the original fire screens at the UCSC.

Be sure to wish her Happy Birthday! on August 13. She will be celebrating 90 years of busy hands and mind!