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Longtime educator dies at 92
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Military veteran, longtime educator, church leader. There wasn’t much C.N. Womack didn’t accomplish during a lifetime of achievement that included active community involvement well into his 80s.
Mr. Womack died yesterday after a lingering illness. He was 92.
Mr. Womack spent 60 years as an educator, was active in such organizations as CHEER Mental Health and Rotary, and even dabbled in politics as a McMinnville city alderman. He served as an elder at Westwood Church of Christ for 37 years.
“He was a leader in the church and a dedicated Christian,” said Jim Welch, who served with Womack as a Westwood elder for 22 years. “He loved the Lord and loved his church family at Westwood. His career as an educator and his work with the church combined and carried over to a career in Christian education.”
Despite 40 years in public education, Mr. Womack was perhaps even more well know for his nearly 20-year career as president of Boyd Christian School. The high school at Boyd was named in his honor.
“He was Mr. Boyd Christian School,” said Ben Nixon, who served on Boyd’s board of directors for 20 years. “He kept that school afloat. He worked at the fair food booth and he coached ball teams. If it needed to be done, he was there to help. His whole mission seemed to be Boyd Christian School.”
Mr. Womack graduated from Dibrell High School, then went on to star on the basketball court at David Lipscomb Junior College (now Lipscomb University) and Tennessee Tech. In an article in the Southern Standard, it was noted Mr. Womack scored 22 of his team’s 29 points in a big victory over Murray State.
After college, Mr. Womack enlisted in the military and served nearly five years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Of those years, three were spent as a commanding officer. Mr. Womack was first assigned to the USS Choctaw where he served as navigator, and later became the commanding officer of the USS Undaunted.
After his years of military service, he taught in North Carolina from 1947 to 1965. In addition to teaching, he also coached football, basketball and baseball there.
He returned to Warren County in 1967 as principal of City High School. He then became superintendent of city schools during the 1968-69 school year.
Upon school consolidation in 1969, he served as assistant superintendent of schools from 1969 to 1972. In 1972, he became principal of Warren County Senior High School, a position he held until his retirement from public education on July 31, 1988.
With over 40 years of public education under his belt, Mr. Womack joined Boyd Christian School as its president in 1989. He had already been serving the school on its board of directors.
Mr. Womack was a do-it-all president at Boyd, serving as the school’s chief ambassador. He never accepted a salary for his position, donating his time until his retirement from education in 2007.
He served as the school’s basketball coach for years, even into his 70s and 80s. He never seemed to tire, even if long road trips had him returning home at 11 p.m.
“Boyd was a K-8 school when he started and it was a high school when he finished,” said Brett Merritt, Boyd’s current chairman of the board. “He was a very intelligent person who devoted a lot of time and energy to the school.”
Outside of church and education, Mr. Womack was a McMinnville alderman. He also served as chairman of the Industrial Development Board.
He joined Rotary Club in 1947 and served one term as president. He was chairman of the Warren County Regional Hospital board of trustees at the time the county sold the medical facility.
For years he served on the board of directors of CHEER Mental Health, including the role of president. He also served on boards for the United Way and the Warren County Emergency Food Bank.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.