Harold Cagle (4-9-20)

Harold Cagle was born on Sunday, Aug. 19, 1956 in McNairy County at the Smith Clinic in Selmer, Tennessee. He married his wife Sue in the spring of 1981. Their relationship got sweeter with the years. They were always together.  They always encouraged and supported each other. She was always by his side supporting him when he was playing music. For the last several years, he sang to her every morning before going to work, sometimes it was a song she knew and many times it was something he made up off the top of his head. He would always make her laugh before he left for work. Their love was solid.
Harold passed away at the age of 63 years, seven months, 21 days, on Thursday,  April 9,  at the Jackson General Hospital following a stroke he had one week prior on Thursday, April 2.
Harold was easy going, laid back, always smiling, humorous, and always tried to talk in a gentle manner to people, something he prayed God would help him do. He loved children, and they quickly adopted him as one of their own.
Harold was an advocate for women’s rights, in the work place, and at home.  He left so much good with everyone who really knew him.
Harold Cagle was the purchasing agent for the City of Adamsville. He holds the record for longest consecutive years with the city. During his years he was awarded the Public Administrator Certification from the University of Tennessee and was also certified by the Secretary of State as municipal clerk and recorder clerk. He also had certification in Occupational  Safety and Health (OSHA/TOSHA) from The University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service.
Harold was also a licensed medical x-ray technician with current active license. He was also a  licensed emergency medical technician for 32 years, retiring his EMT license in 2014.
Harold respected the employees with the city, and had a special bond and love for some. Some he spoke of as siblings.  His work family was important. He was always willing to help anyone and believed that wisdom and knowledge gained with years of experience was to be used to share and help. He talked a lot with his nurses about his Sue, his work and Adamsville, telling one nurse, “Adamsville is the most wonderful place in the world, as far as I’m concerned.”  He stated many times, and even wrote it down: “My Sue, My God and The City are responsible for who I am!” He would say often: “God is with me every day, he is with me every minute.”
MUSIC was always a big part of Harold’s life. He grew up in a wonderful, big, talented farm family with five brothers and five sisters, all playing and singing. Their home was filled with music and laughter. Music was in their family heritage on both sides of his parents.  When those families came together with their music it was spectacular. Harold gave credit to Lloyd Watkins for getting them out of the living room and onto the venues. Lynn Pratt, promoter of country music and publishing editor with the Lexington Progress, got them into the Jackson Coliseum as opening act. Pratt also got them other offers.
Harold did studio work for several area artists needing a drummer. He played a lot of country music and worked with several gospel groups, including London Parris, Tommy Alexander, Spears Family, and many local groups. Harold recorded with groups in Muscle Shoals,  Alabama.  He worked with country artists, such as Johnny Rodriguez, Mickey Gilley and Confederate Railroad. He shared the stage with many local bands, his favorite was The Cagle Brothers. Harold was the first drummer to play as what would become Murray Hill Jamboree. Harold had worked with professional sound engineers setting sound for top Nashville artists. He used to be the resident engineer doing sound and lights for the Adamsville Community Center, including performing Branson, Missouri artists and preliminary pageants to Miss Tennessee. Harold had the honor of being the MCHF Band drummer, for the McNairy County Music Hall Of Fame inductions and tribute concerts from 2013-2019 with his good friend, Hall of Fame band leader and inductee Lloyd Watkins. He and Lloyd have played music all over the country over the years.
In addition to his wife of 39 years Sue of Adamsville; he is survived by four brothers, Eddie Cagle (late Nellie, 2018)  of Washington, Illinois, Montie Cagle (Lorina) of Finger, Tennessee, Dean Cagle (Pam) of Adamsville, Tim Cagle (Angie) of Adamsville; three sisters,  Carolyn Roten of Savannah,  Donna Crowe (Kenneth) of Finger, Tennessee, Loretta Hipps (Larry) of Adamsville; his brother-in-law Randy Smith of Enville, Tennessee;  his sister-in-law, Gail Cagle of Hartselle, Alabama.
Mr. Cagle was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer Cagle and Nettie Staten Cagle of Adamsville; siblings Martha Plunk  Linda Smith, and Jerry Cagle.
Harold is survived by brother-in law Joe Donaldson Wilson (Carolyn) of Morris Chapel; and preceded in death by father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elijah Wilson and Jewel Donaldson Wilson of Morris Chapel; and brother-in-law Jerry Wilson of Morris Chapel.
He is survived by nine nephews, seven nieces, 12 great nephews, 10 great nieces, and preceded in death by two nieces.
Harold is survived by he and Sue’s God Child Dog Maggie; along with special next door neighbors and friends, Jimmy John and Pam Young.
Harold is survived by his little buddy, John Jackson, and his mother Brittany. He was looking forward to playing with John and enjoying the outdoors with he and Brittany when things got back to normal. They always brightened Harold’s day.
Harold had a huge family, his work family, his wife’s family and many friends. In keeping with Gov. Lee’s Executive Order 17,  Covid-19 Coronavirus Stipulations, an intimate graveside service of 10 people was held Saturday April 11, at 2 p.m., consisting of  his wife Sue, and his siblings, at the Morris Chapel Cemetery, with J.D. Matlock officiating.
Special thanks to: Daniel Vandiver, Scott Klinck, Kara Hill, Debbie Moffett, Tommy Lee Stackins, Lannie Hutton, and Andy Jones; for all your help, support, kindness, and prayers through that terrible week from beginning to end and afterward.
Anyone wishing to send condolence cards, to enter in Harold’s book may mail them to P.O. Box 534 Adamsville, Tenn. 38310.