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James Kenith Dexter, 77
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Funeral service for James Kenith Dexter, 77, of Cookeville, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 17 at the Cookeville chapel of Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home. Dr. Jason Groe will officiate. Interment will follow at Cookeville City Cemetery. His family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., and again Thursday from 9 a.m. until service time. Mr. Dexter passed away Friday, March 11, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, while surrounded by his family.

He was born Dec. 31, 1944 in Benton, Ky., to the late Clifton J. and Euphema Williams Dexter.

James was a member of Poplar Grove Baptist Church for over 50 years. He left a legacy of a hard worker for his family. He formerly worked for GTE and Ben Lomand. He also was a talented landscaper. He operated Dexter Nursery and later worked at Cherry Creek Nursery. James was a skilled craftsman, as was evident when he built his family’s log home and interior furnishings.

James was an incredible father and grandfather and a cornerstone for his family. He was always quick to give his family lots of love and attention. His contagious smile, unique personality, and witty humor will always be felt. He knew no stranger and was quick to help others in need.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Wanda Caroline Ramsey Dexter, and brother Clifton Ray Dexter.

He is survived by his daughters Pam (Donell) Allen of Bloomington Springs and Christy Minnear of Cookeville, grandchildren Matt Allen, Michael Allen, Hannah (John Michael) Donnell and Erika (Jake) Phillips, and great-grandson Hudson Grant Donnell. Pallbearers will be Michael and Matt Allen, John Michael Donnell, Jake Phillips, Larry Buckner, and Greg Hodge.

Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, (931)526-6111. Share memories and condolences at

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(McMinnville, Tenn.) March 16, 2022