In Memory

Barbara Tillett (Cooke)

Barbara Tillett (Cooke)

Barbara Lynn Tillett Cooke went to be with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, July 18 at The Rutherford Assisted Living surrounded by her family.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, July 25th at First Assembly of God Church, 2510 Hwy. 231 N., Shelbyville. Reverend Glenn Forsee will officiate.

Barbara was born October 17, 1953, in Shelbyville to the late Gerald Tillett, Sr. And Betty Adams Tillett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Gerald Tillett, Jr. in 2020 and her cousin Judy Tillett Young in 2021.

Survivors include her husband Phil Cooke, son and daughter-in-law Cary Lyle and Crystal Marie Cooke, granddaughter Ashlynn Alexis Cooke, and grandsons Trace Lyle and Tripp Michael Cooke.

Prior to becoming a mother, Barbara was a kindergarten teacher at Liberty School, a job which she loved very much. Later she worked as the manager of Accents Antiques and Gifts in Shelbyville and Tullahoma.

Barbara was a very kind and compassionate lady. She was a gentle soul who always had a good sense of humor and spoke kind words. She was beautiful both inside and out. Barbara was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother who will be greatly missed.


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07/20/21 09:58 AM #1    

Debbie Moore (Griffy)

This is so very sad. We just lost Judy, and now this. What a lovely person Barbara was, in every way. She deserved so much more than some of the unfortunate things that occurred in her life. I hope that she is now at peace.

07/21/21 01:26 PM #2    

Jeanie Wilson

Barbara and I we're friends since 7th grade. Sleep overs, horse rides, baking... Fabric shopping with our mothers. After I left home she stayed in touch with my mother. We lost touch which is a shame. RIP, Barbara💕

07/22/21 10:37 AM #3    

Lisa McGill (Miller)

The last paragraph in the paper of Batabara's obituary describes perfectly the way I remember her. I couldn't have said it better. 

07/22/21 05:30 PM #4    

Pat Boyce (Harris)

Barbara and I both were in Marketing and Co-oped at Castner Knott's on the square in Shelbyville. We got to be best friends, working and studying together. She loved going to my family farm off Hwy 64 W at the county line. She loved playing in the creek, learning to paddle a flat bottomed river boat. She got down and diety in the milkbarn, feeding calves, hogs and anything else that needed feeding. She married my husband's first cousin, Phil. We young folks (lol) would hang out at Granny Harris's farm in the 18th. Haveing cook outs, bonfires or just a Sunday dinner. These are cherished memories. I saw Barbara in early 2020, and we reminisced about life. I love you girlfriend ❤

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