Pearlie (Ann) Brown, age 87, known as Ms. “”B” the “Cake Lady” passed away Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Cookeville Regional Hospital.
She was born on Jan. 28, 1926, the daughter of Oliver B. Thompson and Lou Cinda Huff Smith of Putnam County, she lived there as a child. Moved to Hickory Valley in early years, also lived in Cherry Creek as she worked at the Sparta Shirt Factory over 40 years, then resided in Sparta.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence Willard Brown; son-in-law, Lt. Col. Merriel Eugene Savage; siblings, Ernest B. Thompson, Deward Thompson, Charles T. Smith and Mary Alice Madewell. Ms. Brown was well known throughout Sparta and White County for her famous four– layer coconut cakes, also made other beautiful cakes. Her cakes have traveled to many cities, states and overseas. A very well beloved lady with many beautiful friends, always had a smile on her face welcoming you to a piece of cake or other baked items. She loved to bake, garden and decorate her home.
Her life showed the love she had for the Lord, family and friends, as she attended the First United Presbyterian Church in Sparta. She was the loving mother of daughter, Janice Savage of Sparta, Tenn.; son, Gary Wayne Brown and wife Janace of Savannah; sisters, Eunice B. Cash of Sparta, Tenn. and Helen Jolley of Doyle, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jon Brown and wife Allison of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Sarah Janan Savage and fiancé Matthew Thomas Caruso of Philadelphia, Pa. and Merel Eugene Savage of Sparta, Tenn. and friend Cassidy Dykes of Spencer, Tenn.; two great grandchildren, Lilly Ann and Jay Brown of Murfreesboro,Tenn.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 11 , at Thurman Funeral Home in Sparta, Tenn. with Kelly Stockton officiating. Interment followed at Robinson Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers, Jarrod Goodwin, Justin Hill, Adam Smith, Blake Weaver, Justin Walling and Bruce MacLeod.
Family received friends, on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Thurman Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please sign the guestbook at www.thurmanfuneral.com Thurman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.