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Tommy Edwin Cheshire

July 9, 1952 — November 15, 2023

Vanleer, TN.


Tommy Edwin Cheshire         Age: 71


Of: Vanleer, Tn.                                  Passed Away: Wednesday, November 15, 2023, at Centennial Medical Center. He was born in Pemiscot County, Missouri, on July 9, 1952. Tom was a devout Christian who devoted his life to spreading the gospel. He earned a

degree in religion and Christian ministry from Fruitland Bible College, where his journey

unfolded into over two decades of dedicated service. His profound love of the Lord and

Bible was the cornerstone of his ministry, manifesting in unwavering faith and a

commitment to God's work. His resolute faith and unwavering commitment to serving

God were exemplified through a bold adherence to divine principles and a selfless

ministry marked by humility, grace, and genuine love. Founder of Old Path ministries, he

fervently evangelized and spread the gospel, with a special calling to Africa. There, he

left an enduring legacy by establishing schools, churches, homes, a medical clinic, and

water wells, but above all, he brought to them the living water, that is the life-giving

message of Jesus. Through unyielding faith and courageous obedience, he expanded

the kingdom of God, leading countless souls to Christ. In heaven, his reception will

undoubtedly be filled with grateful souls, a testament to his profound love for God and

people. Beyond merely believing, preaching, or studying the word of God, he lived it

authentically. He deeply loved his family and friends and selflessly gave to others his

whole life. He was loved by so many and will be deeply missed.


Visitation: with the family will be conducted on Saturday, from 11AM-1PM at Sylvia Baptist Church.


Funeral Service: for Tommy Cheshire will be conducted on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 1:00 PM at Sylvia Baptist Church, with Charles Allbrooks and Howard Gaston officiating.


Interment: will follow the service in the Cheshire-Richey Family Cemetery, on the family farm, in Vanleer, Tn.


Survived by:

   - his wife: Sandra Whitworth Cheshire

- His siblings: Larry Davenport and wife Renee Davenport, Glenda Townsend, George

Cheshire, Lisa Cheshire

- His son: Thomas Cheshire and wife Tammy Cheshire

- His daughter: Melissa Richey and husband Brian Richey

- His grandchildren: Christopher Richey and wife Claire Richey, Rebecca Richey, Daniel Cheshire, and Eric Cheshire



Preceded in death by:

- his mother: Winnie Marie Davenport

- His siblings: Betty Cheshire and Harvey Cheshire


In lieu of flowers: memorials may be made to Sandra Cheshire, for the Cheshire Home Fund, 1344 Halliburton Road, Vanleer, Tn. 37181




Arrangements by Spann Funeral Home (615) 446-1123

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Saturday, November 18, 2023

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