Nancy Turner

Nancy Turner (Roe)

Thursday, January 24th, 1935 - Tuesday, October 6th, 2020
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Nancy EllenTurner, age 85 years, passed away peacefully at her home in Cookeville, TN on October 6, 2020. She died in her own bed under a quilt she had made and was surrounded by loved ones as she had wished.

Nancy was born on January 24, 1935, in Cookeville to Charles C. Roe and Alice “Rosie” (Clouse) Roe. She was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers. Her family relocated to the Dunlap area where she attended Bledsoe County High School. She met and married Carlos “Puddy” Turner in Dunlap in 1954. Employment opportunities drew them to the Detroit area where they raised three children. They later moved to Phoenix, AZ for a time before settling back to Cookeville in 1976. Nancy always liked a new challenge and had various careers over her lifetime including medical technologist and medical assistant, real estate agent, tax preparer, and businesswoman.

Nancy was a colorful character who always spoke her mind and opened her heart and home to anyone in need. She was a talented seamstress and quilter, an equally adept woodworker, loved gardening, was a staunch democrat, and a diehard fan of the Atlanta Braves.

Nancy was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Puddy, and her son, Stephen Long. She is survived by her two daughters – Carla Jane Haslett and husband Jim of Novi, MI, and Dr. Cathy A. Deppen and husband Jim of Nashville, TN. She has four grandchildren – David Long, Erin Long, Lauren Haslett Dulai, Lindsey Haslett Booth– as well as three great-grandchildren – Jasmine Long, Indika DePriest, and Madison Tucker.

Per Nancy’s wishes and due to her concern for the health of the many family members who must travel to pay their respects, a funeral service will not be held at this time. Please leave a condolence message or photo on the Crest Lawn Funeral Home website at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research at A memorial service will be planned for in the year 2021 when it is hoped that family and friends will once again be able to gather safely together and share happy memories of this much-beloved woman. An announcement will be placed in the paper prior to the service so that all of those in the Cookeville area may attend. The family would like to give a special thank you to Nancy Knowlton and family who lovingly cared for Nancy as well as the staff of Kindred Hospice. 
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Donald Winningham

Posted at 01:41pm
We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. She was one of the most sweetest ladies. She did our taxes for several years. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers... Donald and Louise Winningham

Cathy Deppen Posted at 06:36pm

Thank you for sharing your remembrances of Momma. Cat, Jane, and David

Terri Franklin

Posted at 10:02pm
Im so sorry for loss. She always love me and came to my wedding. Which I was so grateful for. I will always remember her and how we talk.
My prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing the wonderful memories of your mom.i will always remember all the good times we have

Cathy Deppen Posted at 06:34pm

Thank you for thinking of us. Cat, Jane, and David

Lauren Haslett

Posted at 01:12pm
My granny was like no one else's, and I think I realized that at a pretty young age.

I loved both my grandparents very much, but growing up, I was always “Granny’s girl.” Especially as a small child, she seemed larger than life to me. I just wanted to be close to her, and anything she made for me—and she was constantly making—was cherished. A flowered purple dress, the pink blanket I took EVERYWHERE for years as a child, an elaborately decorated birthday cake shaped like a doll. Her hands (and her mouth) were never really still, and she seemed amazing to the shy, quiet little girl I was then.

But some of the memories I hold most closely of her now are simple ones. Going through her recipe books together during my last visit, so I could finally learn how to make her fluffy angel biscuits. Hearing her words of approval after I cooked her a meal (under her supervision, of course). Walking down to the garden with her and a big bucket to collect the tomatoes and sweet corn and green beans that tasted SO much better than anything we could get in a supermarket. The taste of her still-tart plum cobbler. Playing endless hands of cards with my sister and cousins at the dining table after a big holiday meal, while the grown-ups sat and “visited.” Sitting on the couch with her to watch baseball games or the news and hearing her holler equally passionately at both.

A lot of family and friends have already mentioned her penchant for strong language, but Granny taught me a lot more than just some choice words. She showed me how to be strong too—as strong as the coffee, thick like mud, that she liked to drink all day long. She showed me how to be bold, to be unapologetic about who we are, even if we don’t exactly fit the little mold that others have made for us and decided we should fit into. She valued resourcefulness and independence and showed us how to embody those values by her example. She never let anybody tell her what to do or say or how to be, and I’m grateful to have had that model as I tried to find my own way in the world. I love you always, Granny, and will carry you in my heart.

Fern Roe

Posted at 08:34pm
If only words could fully describe the depth of my love for Nancy,
We first met, when we were in the 4th grade. My Mother, Bonnie Cash gave Nancy her very first hair perm and from there ,we were bonded for life.
I had always wanted a sister. She not only became the sister that I had longed and wished for, but she also became my best friend and my sister-in-law.
We shared everything over the years, even our pregnancies. When one of us got pregnant the other followed in suit. Until.... I got pregnant with my fourth child. She said and I quote in Nancy 's fashion...." you are to d**n old to have another child."
Nancy always had her own thoughts and opinions about the people and things around her and I loved her for this. She was always my biggest support in my ramblings and anxiety over the years. She was such a great listener and was always my pillar of strength.
Words cannot describe how much I will miss her and what she has meant to me all these years. I loved my sister, my best friend with all my heart.
Fern Roe

Lindsey Haslett Booth

Posted at 08:22pm
My Granny was one amazing lady and I am so grateful that I got to have her in my life for 33 years. Although I was born and raised in Michigan, Tennessee has always been my second home.
I have so many wonderful memories of summers and Christmases at Granny and Pud’s. I always loved spending time with my sister and cousins, playing in the loft, or getting a ride through the woods in Pud’s truck.

My favorite memories with Granny are walking to her bountiful garden to pick veggies, trying to beat her at Scrabble (which I never did) or double solitaire, decorating the doll cake she made me every year for my birthday, and watching the Braves and listening to her commentary on Andruw Jones’ cute butt! Oh and eating her chocolate biscuits and gravy!

Granny taught me so many things without even knowing it. She had a hard life and I saw her strength, her grit, her talents. She always had room at her table for anyone and a homemade spread to feed us all. She cared for many loved ones and saw much loss through her life. It became clear to me that lending an ear was far more valuable than any gift that could be given.
And she really could do just about anything. Every meal, quilt, and project was always completed to perfection. I learned through her to be a strong, independent woman and to never take crap from anyone. Life lessons I am so grateful for.

“There are worse things than being alone...and he’s one of them,” is my favorite Granny quote. She always gave good advice and wasn’t quiet about giving her opinion-whether or not you wanted to hear it. Of course she was usually right.

As my sister and I got older our visits to TN became less frequent. I’m glad we got to visit her last fall and virtually on Mother’s Day, and that both of our husbands had the chance to meet her.
I’m sad that she will not get to meet her 4th great grandchild, but I know she was so happy to learn that her Janie would soon be a granny!

I will carry Granny and her wisdom in my heart always. I picture her with her head back, laughing, and saying, “oh me!” coffee in hand of course! Sending love and light to all who were lucky enough to know her.

Lindsey Haslett Booth


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