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Cleo Jacobs, 96
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Mrs. Cleo Jacobs, 96, of McMinnville died Sunday, July 11. 

She was born July 1, 1925 and grew up in Cannon County. She was a charter member Bethel Hill Baptist Church, greatly enjoyed singing, loved her church and the people there were like her family, and was always drinking coffee and a favorite pastime while having her coffee was talking about the Bible. Cleo was a cook by trade and fed many people with the ARA Food Service company and cooking for folks at the stock barn in Woodbury. She spent much time creating items through her knitting, sewing, and quilting. 

Mrs. Jacobs was preceded in death by her parents Hardie Clark and Della Mae Smith Davenport, husband R.C. Jacobs, twin baby girls Karen and Cathy Jacobs, brothers William Palmer Davenport, Hardie Clark Davenport Jr., Aubrey Davenport, and Paul Davenport, who died in his youth, and son-in-law Carl Davis.

Survivors include her children Michael (Deanna) Jacobs, Sandra (Billy) Nunley, Danny Joe (Lisa) Jacobs, and Timothy (Cindy) Jacobs, 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren. Many nieces, nephews, family members, and friends also survive.

A graveside service and interment will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at Centertown Cemetery. John Padgett, William Randolph, and Clyde Prater will officiate. The Jacobs family will receive friends from 2 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the parlors of McMinnville Funeral Home. Family and friends will meet at the cemetery Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethel Hill Baptist Church in Cleo’s memory. Online condolences may be made at

McMinnville Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 14, 2021