Members of Delta Sigma Pi photographed for recruitment week. Find more photos on our Facebook group.

On October 4, Delta Sigma Pi hosted a Resume Workshop in Spain Auditorium with local entrepreneur Jamie Homa. Members learned how to polish their resume and what professionals look for in a resume.

The Epsilon Psi chapter of Delta Sigma Pi hosted professional guest speaker Donald Comer, Director of Digital Access Marketing at FedEx, on November 27. Comer discussed the creation process of personal branding. The event was open to all business majors and a social event was scheduled directly after the professional event with pizza and drinks for everyone. Cards were also be made for wounded veterans to let them know how much their service is appreciated.

A Community Service Trash Pickup was held on November 29. Students met in front of Barry hall and did a Buc Lap trash pickup around the campus.

The newest members recently inducted into Delta Sigma Pi include Eric Nelson, Taylor Seaman, Jamal Threlkeld, Caitlin Terry, Amy Gracia, Keenan Thompkins, Devon Wade, Michelle Grissom, Jamecia Whiteside, Vania Rogers, Vanessa Ramirez-Ortega, Jahleel Nelson, Gregory McGowan, Jasmine Lewis, Caroline Lawrence, Bianca Cooper, Marcus Hodges, Jonathan Holliday, Jasmine Davis.


A. Heath Abshure (Marketing ’95) was recently promoted to president of the North American Securities Administrators Association.

Louis F. Allen Jr. (MBA ’95) has been appointed as one of CBU’s newest Board of Trustee members. Mr. Allen is the executive vice president and manager of commercial banking at First Tennessee Bank.


Pictured at left (l-r): Mark Baricos (Accounting ’02) was honored as the 2012 Distinguished Young Alumnus; Mitch Graves (Finance & Economics ’83) was recognized as the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus.

Jacob Bazeley (Business Administration ’05), professional poker player, captured second place in Event 2 of the World Series of Poker, a $1,500 no-limit hold’em tournament. Jacob, who has 31 career cashes (eight at the WSOP), started playing poker in college while on the basketball team at CBU.

The October 28th edition of the Commercial Appeal pictured CBU alumnus, Cary Crain (Business Administration ’12). The picture included Carla Swindoll of First Alliance Bank who received the top online fundraiser award for the Cotton Picking 5k benefitting Fayette Cares. Crain is also from Alliance Bank. The picture can be viewed online:

Tracie Duckett-Stephens (Business Administration ’04) began working as MEDDAC’s patient advocate at Guthrie Clinic in July. As a nine-year U.S. Navy veteran and now Army Family Member, she understands the military culture very well. Her mission and commitment is to ensure that MEDDAC is doing their best for the Soldiers and their Families!

Brian Fitzgerald (Business Administration ’03) is now working for General Electric Energy as their Field Accountant.

Larkin (Civil/Environmental Engineering ’99) and James Myers (Business Administration ’06) welcomed Roxanne Leigh Myers on June 8, 2012. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Cathy Ross (Accounting ’78) was included in Black Enterprise’s “100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” as reported in the October 5th edition of the Commercial Appeal. Ms. Ross is the CFO of FedEx. The article is available online:

Kelly Summons (Business Administration ’09) has been promoted to tax senior with Reynolds, Bone & Griesbeck. More at



Featured alum Adam Heitzman (Business Administration ’04).

CB: Congratulations on all of the recent success, Adam! Tell us a little bit about how you ended up as a managing partner at HigherVisibility.

AH: Over the course of seven years both here in Memphis and in San Diego, CA, I worked at several Internet companies. Upon moving back to Memphis in 2008 from San Diego, I noticed the lack of true Internet marketing companies in the Mid-South. This led me to start HigherVisibility. My goal was to help companies better utilize the Internet to achieve quantifiable results.

CB: Looking back, what was your life like when you graduated from CBU? How did you get your start in the business world?

AH: I graduated CBU with a degree in Business Management. The reason I went that route is because I wanted to have the flexibility with my degree to use it in a variety of different areas, none of which I thought would be online. I remember graduating and moving back home and after about a week, my Dad told me that I need to find a job ASAP. So much for a break! Like most, I put my resume online and about two weeks later got a call from a company called NCS Reporting, an Internet marketing company in the financial industry. Little did I know that this would be the company that would help get me started in the online business.

CB: What were your plans and goals for life after college? Did your idea of “the real world” mesh with what actually happened after graduation? Is there anything you would have done differently?

AH: I knew I needed to get a job, but upon graduating, I didn’t really know in what capacity. I was very lucky in the fact that my first real job outside of college (At NCS Reporting) taught me a great deal of knowledge of which I still use today. I never graduated knowing I wanted to work in the online business, I kind of just fell into it. There is nothing I would do differently; I am a firm believer in what is meant to happen will happen.

CB: What is an average work day like for you? What can you tell us about the HigherVisibility team?

AH: I have been on both sides of the fence, both as an employee and now as a business owner, and I find it funny how much your outlook changes. When I was an employee, I always wanted to do my best and prove my worth but I couldn’t help but watch the clock. And when the day was up, I could leave work at work. Now as a business owner, I don’t even notice the time. You have your hand in so many buckets from answering emails, making sales calls, talking to clients, all the way down to paying bills. It’s definitely a constant challenge but it’s an exciting one!

As far as the HigherVisibility team is concerned, I have two other business partners who helped grow the business to where it is today. We had all worked together in a previous capacity. The rest of the gang has steadily grown over the past two years to a total of 13 employees. All of us love what we do, the industry we work in, and the clients we work for.

CB: You and the HigherVisibility team have been very successful in the last few years, earning top SEO, website management, integrated search company, and more. What would you like to achieve next, professionally? How about personally? The rumor has it that you will be getting married soon – congratulations!

AH: Professionally, we would like to continue to grow but at the same time stay true to our roots of providing tangible results with great service.

Personally, yes I will be getting married in April. I am very lucky to have found not only a partner but a best friend as well.

CB: I understand you were quite the talented basketball player, starting off your career at CBU with Gulf South Conference West Division men’s basketball coaches honoring you with the Freshman of the Year award. Any fond memories or funny stories you would like to share with us about your basketball days?

AH: I have so many fond memories while at CBU and with basketball specifically. One that always sticks out in my mind was my senior year at CBU when we had an upcoming game at Troy State. We were undefeated at the time and going to play a Division 1 team that had made the NCAA tournament the previous season. So, needless to say, it was a big game. The game was scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, so Coach had the team meet at the gym Friday evening to go over the walk-through. After that we were going to hop on the bus and drive down to Troy, Alabama so we could be rested before the game. Well, if you know much about the travel arrangements back then, you would know the bus we traveled on always had something wrong with it or it broke down. This time was no different. The bus wasn’t running, so they had some guys working on it. Unfortunately, three hours later they were still working on it. So Coach told us to go home get some rest, and we were just going to leave the next morning. Two a.m. rolls around, and apparently Coach couldn’t sleep, so he called the top seven guys and said we were leaving right then. We hopped in the small church bus with our two other coaches and made our trip to Troy. We probably made it there by 7:00 a.m., so we stopped at a hotel, got two hours of sleep, and went to the game. We pulled into the parking lot and the attendant asked who we were. We told him, and he pretty much laughed at us for only having seven guys and being cramped in a small bus. Three hours later, he wasn’t laughing any more. We had beaten a very good Division 1 team with pretty much no sleep. Needless to say, the ride home was a blast.

CB: What is your favorite CBU memory?

AH: There are really too many to name, but the above mentioned is one of them.

CB: What personal achievement are you most proud of and why?

AH: One of the biggest personal achievements for me has been being involved in starting a successful business from the ground up. There has been a lot of work to get it to this point and having the confidence in my abilities that I could do this has been the most rewarding aspect.

CB: Looking back at all that you’ve learned and experienced, what advice would you give to a student on the verge of graduating and moving into the job market?

AH: In the current economy where the job market is tight, employers have a larger pool of persons applying for the positions that exist. This means the new college graduate is competing with seasoned veterans for job openings. Ask yourself how can you break through the clutter of applicants and make a positive lasting first impression. Do research on the company, know its products, and ask informed questions.


Dr. Dan Brandon (MIS/Cybersecurity & Digital Forensics) attended annual Bank Tech Summit Conference in October at the Memphis Hilton which concerns IT and Cyber Security in the banking industry.

Christina Brown’s (Staff, School of Business) submissions, Magic of the Season and Shining Brightly, were selected by the Phoenix Club for their 2012 Holiday Card Drive, the organization’s largest yearly fundraiser, with all sale proceeds being donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis.

Dr. Robert Brittingham (Management/Economics), along with Justin Joy (Chairman of the Republican Party of Shelby County), represented the Republicans at CBU’s Presidential Debate on October 23.

Dr. Linda F. Christensen (Accounting) joined the School of Business this fall and is teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Dr. Jack Hargett (Dean) participated in the 24th annual Brother Mark Sullivan Golf Tournament held on October 29 at TPC Southwind. Proceeds from the tournament benefited the CBU Buccaneer Athletic Scholarship Fund.

morgret2Andrew Morgret (Accounting) was a Eucharistic Lector at the International Conference on Catholic Social Thought and Management Education held at the University of Dayton in June.  The theme of the conference was “Renewing Mission and Identity in Catholic Business Education.”  He is pictured with Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, who was the key note speaker at the Conference. Morgret also assisted with the Overton Park Junior Golf Tournament by being a Hole Monitor.

Patricia Papachristou (Economics) chaired a round table discussion at annual convention of the Missouri Valley Economic Association in Memphis on October 25.

Dr. Bevalee Vitali (Management) recently published a book review of Behavioral Business Ethics: Shaping An Emerging Field with Choice Reviews. Vitali also developed and delivered a four-week program called “Finding Your Fit” at Hope Presbyterian Church.  She also created and delivered a two-part series on choosing a major and career to high school seniors in the Memphis Challenge program.



From left to right: Joseph Pagni, Jenny Cowell, Kenneth Villarreal, Melanie Horne, Melissa Duong, and Chasity Adams.

Cowell first told me she was recruiting students to attend the AWNY Conference just after a school meeting in September. She was so animated, explaining how the last conference really opened her students’ eyes to the world of marketing outside of the classroom. “You know, they get there and they’re all dressed up in proper, conservative business attire, and then they see all of these creative types walking around in clothes that are really different or they really stand out in some – something you would never see here in the South – and it opens their eyes. They get to see the competition in person, and it either scares them or inspires them to really grow.” Cowell went on to explain how those students were able to see the latest marketing campaign for Calvin Klein’s Euphoria perfume before it was even released to the public and to explore new marketing technologies they had never heard of. Anyone listening would have been a believer that this was a pivotal experience — almost a necessity — for marketing majors.


CBU students with author Jeffrey Hayzlett.

Marketing major Melissa Duong works for the School of Business and could not wait to tell me all about her experiences at the AWNY Conference. She brought back an autographed copy of Hayzlett’s Running the Gauntlet and excitedly told me of her experience with the author, stating that he was not only perfectly poised but, in the fashion of a true storyteller, had captivated his audience with several of the outrageous and funny tales from his career, and went on to share some of the ones she found most memorable.


Melissa Duong at KSL Media.

In speaking with other conference attendees, I found that they echoed the same sentiments on the importance of making a personal connection with the consumer, an idea that receives much more emphasis now than it did at its roots, before the economy was quite so global and social media- saturated by savvy consumers. Marketing applies to so many aspects of business and life, and Melanie Horne expressed this well when asked what made a psychology major decide to attend an event geared toward up and coming marketing professionals.  “I had never taken a marketing class before this conference, so I was naturally not as confident in my knowledge for this field of work.  However, during the agency tours and throughout the conference, psychology is more inter-related with marketing than one might assume.  Take consumer behaviors, or branding for example… essentially these marketing and branding agencies want to ‘tap into’ the empathetic, compassionate consumer in order to better promote their idea of their product. These agencies need to study how people react, think, and behave. This is where psychology emerges.”

And, while the lessons learned at the 2012 AWNY Conference crossed academic lines, bleeding over into the realm of personal response to products, there was a definite professionalism and edge to the proceedings.  In discussing her experience Chasity Adams said, “The most valuable thing I took away from the conference was the exposure to the different aspects of marketing. The workshops were very informative and helpful. Because many of the people who were presenting the topics were CEOs themselves, it was very insightful to understand exactly what they are looking for in an employee.” The students attended lectures, took tours, completed accounting and resume workshops and more. Even though the weekend was a whirlwind educational experience for the group, as Kenneth Villarreal put it, “This trip was definitely mixing business with pleasure! I had a great time with the group I went with.” The students were able to spend some free time exploring the city and even went out to eat at Serendipity 3, the restaurant made famous by the movie Serendipity.

To see pictures from the trip to New York City, find our Advertising Women’s Conference photo album on Facebook at In the meantime, Jenny Cowell is keeping in touch with her professional contacts made during the trip and looking forward to planning one for the next generation of CBU students.


SEVT1A group of CBU Sport Management students traveled to Columbia, SC, for a conference that took place November 14-16. The Sport Entertainment & Venues Tomorrow conference hosted by the University of South Carolina provided opportunities for our students to learn from some of the most successful professionals in the sport industry. Top executives from Global Spectrum, the Miami Marlins, MetLife Stadium (New York Giants/New York Jets), Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans Arena, Utah Jazz, and the Association of Luxury Suite Directors provided panel presentations. Also, there was a career/internship fair for students to attend.  Two female and two male Sport Management students were selected to receive funding for their travel and conference registration expenses based upon high academic achievement. The students granted sponsorship from the School of Business were Emily Schmidt (Sport Management ’13), Kaitie Gaimari (Sport Management ’14), Kyle Johnson (Sport Management ’14) and Jacob Garbuzinski (Sport Management ’14). Trey Tedford (Sport Management ’14) also attended, and Dr. James Allen accompanied the students to this conference.

SEVT2Emily Schmidt was asked to introduce the Women of Influence panel at the SEVT Conference. The Women of Influence for 2012 included Susette Hunter (director of sales and marketing for Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex), Vanessa Kromer (senior director of publicity for Nederlander Concerts), Linda Deckard (publisher and editor-in-chief of Venues Today), and Cyndee Pennington (general manager of the Pensacola Bay Center and Southeast regional director of live entertainment). Schmidt took to the podium and provided background information on these distinguished women who are directors/general managers of arenas. Afterwards, Schmidt reported, “A few minutes before the panel, I had the opportunity to personally speak with all of them, which was very humbling because of their success. Specifically, Ms. Hunter left the biggest impact with me because of her down-to-earth attitude, friendliness, and interest in non-profit work outside of her job. I remember thinking that I would like to see myself on her level of success and modesty in the future.”

The students also attended a job and internship fair at the SEVT Conference. It was a great learning and networking experience for the students. For example, Jacob Garbuzinksi had a chance to discuss career opportunities with the Greenville Road Warriors, a minor league hockey team for the New York Rangers. Emily Schmidt also noted, “The biggest reason that I was excited to attend this conference was to hear some ‘outside of the classroom’ advice on how to be successful in the field. Obviously, all of the speakers on each panel used different success techniques to get them to the top, and it was interesting to take notes. The most memorable part of the conference was the last panel we attended, ‘Venues Today Generation Next,’ which featured three of the youngest and most successful leaders in the events planning industry. They presented us with very helpful advice, and they hit home because they aren’t much older than we are. It made my future in the field seem very promising. I would recommend this conference to any sports management student. Not only was the conference itself very well put together/organized, but I also had the opportunity to introduce myself to several South Carolina area sports/events planning organizations at the job fair. Even if I decide to stay close to home in my career, I got to expand my contacts network thanks to the SEVT Conference.”

SEVT3Tedford chimed in, “I attended the conference to better understand what Sport Management has to offer me. Being able to see top executives around the nation coming to talk to students about the future was amazing. I learned that in order to get to the top you need to have internships and jobs to get your foot in the door. You also need to have passion for what you do. The job fair was informational in that I learned about a sales conference in Atlanta that would help me get my foot in the door in sales; also there were many other businesses like Comcast that had some internships they were offering through the summer.” All of the students voiced what an honor it was to attend the conference and how valuable their experiences were in concrete, practical terms.

It wasn’t all hard work at the conference though, as Dr. Allen reported, “It’s cool. Jake, Trey, and Kyle went with me over to the South Carolina Gamecocks baseball stadium and viewed their trophy room with their recent back-to-back national championships.” The guys took turns taking pictures of everything they saw, and each other, with their cell phones.  I am now the proud owner of numerous blurry pictures of them all grinning ear to ear and was sure to put it on our Facebook page for all to see. Garbuzinksi wrote, “The trophy case at the baseball stadium was unbelievable. The amount of success that that program has had in the past few years cannot be matched by any school in the country.” Tedford was also elated to take the tour and wrote back that, “The baseball stadium trip was by far one of the most enjoyable parts of the trip. I had a great time looking at what a prestigious program South Carolina has. The trophy room was breathtaking. Also, being able to see Cal Ripken’s son at the batting cages there just topped it all off.”

The students all expressed appreciation for the benefits of having met with top executives in the field, being immersed in the professional sport management environment, and the professional networking they enjoyed at the conference. As Kaitie Gaimari put it, “In my opinion, the best part of it was how much of an eye-opener it was. Being around all these put-together professionals in a field that I could possibly find a career in made me realize how important the things I’m doing now are to achieve a successful future. The most memorable part of it would be a panel in which we listened to a group of young professionals who just told us a little bit about what they did and how they got to where they are today. It made us all realize that we could be moguls some day or CEOs. I would definitely recommend this conference to another student.” For more information on this and other upcoming conferences contact James Allen in Sport Management at


An Accounting Alumni Reception was held at Jim’s Place on November 5. CBU accounting alumni, along with CBU President, Dr. John Smarrelli, and members from the Office of Advancement and the School of Business were there for a fun night of information and networking.


Barcelona, Spain Students can take a full semester of business courses in Spain through La Salle University in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia and one of the main ports on the Mediterranean.  A city by the sea, it has a perfect climate and a cosmopolitan character. BES Lasalle is known for its practical and innovative education, focused on business innovation and a delivered through a strong international perspective. The deadline is March 15, 2013 for students wishing to study abroad in the fall semester in Spain. Learn more online at

Bad Gleichenberg, Austria Students with a Hospitality and Tourism Management concentration can take courses at FH Joanneam in Bad Gleichenberg, Austria in the fall 2013 semester. FH Joanneam is located in the eastern sector of Styria, the country’s spa region. Bad Gleichenberg has a long tradition as a spa resort and training centre for the tourism and hotel industry, which makes it an ideal location for the FH Joanneam health service courses. The deadline is March 15, 2013 for students wishing to study abroad in the fall semester in Austria. Learn more online at

Courses Students receive pre-approval on study abroad courses, so that they are able to stay on track with their degree!

Costs CBU scholarships, grants, and all state and federal aid will apply! Students will pay the same tuition as they would at CBU. The only difference in cost between CBU and a semester abroad is the plane ticket and spending money. Room and board are comparable to living on campus at CBU.

Peter ReynoldsQuotes In business major P. Brennen Reynolds’ own words, “My summer in Fribourg, Switzerland, was one that I will cherish forever. Sitting in the seats of diplomats from around the world at the United Nations Headquarters while listening to various specialists speak on everything from disarmament to intellectual property rights offers indescribable inspiration. Thanks to the many new friends and globally-influential people that I met in Switzerland, I am looking forward to leaving my mark on the world.”


Susan Mary Semrick Epley, 92, passed away peacefully after a brief illness on October 28, 2012 at Baptist Trinity Hospice, Collierville, TN. Susan was a member of the Gadsden High School Class of 1938. She graduated from Gaseden Business College in 1940. She was a retired bookkeeper from the former Holy Name of Jesus Hospital in Gadsden, Alabama. She was a member of the Philomena Guild at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and also a former sacristan at both Blessed Sacrament Church and St. Therese Little Flower Church. She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Susan was preceded in death by her brothers, John, George, Fr. Matthew Joseph, Adam and Max, and by her sister, Anna Semrick. She was the widow of Charles B. Epley. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Joanna Marie Chandler. She leaves behind her daughter, Mary Margaret Epley Chandler (Business Administration ’87) and son in law Timothy Chandler (Business Administration ’87); three granddaughters, Regan Elizabeth, Emily Susan and Andrea Brooke Chandler of Arlington, Tennessee and numerous nieces and nephews.

Edward Wesley Genes Jr., father of Matthew Genes (Accounting ’14), passed away November 15 at Baptist Trinity Hospice House.

Lena Hurt, grandmother of Casey Gregory (Management/Sports Management ’13), passed away on November 15.

John J. (Jack) Marchino (Marketing ’63), age 70, Stone Mountain, GA passed away on June 29, 2012. Jack was born in Vincennes, IN on August 8, 1941 to Joseph Edward (Joe) and Mildred Marchino. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in Vincennes and Christian Brothers College, Memphis, TN. He served in the US Air Force for 20 years and worked for the Georgia Department of Revenue for 15 years. He was an active member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Jack was also an avid runner, a member of the Atlanta Track Club, and ran in many Peachtree Road Races and completed two Honolulu Marathons. He was also a Vietnam Veteran and was in the Air Force. Jack is survived by wife Ann Marchino, son Allen Marchino (Amy), daughter Leigh Ann Pesterfield (Andy), and 5 grandchildren; Charlie and Max Marchino and Ben, Ashley, and Jake Pesterfield, all of Birmingham, AL, and twin brother James (Jim) Marchino of Evansville, IN.

Virginia Masserano, 96, of Memphis, died October 16, 2012 surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Masserano was a lifetime Methodist and a member of Longstreet United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Masserano, her sister, Elizabeth Deylong and her brothers, Ernest, Vince and Clarence Vaccaro. She is survived by her daughter, Sister Rose Marie Masserano of St. Cecilia Convent in Nashville and her son, John Masserano (Judy) of Collierville, grandchildren, John Masserano, Jr. (Jennifer) of New York, NY, Patrick Masserano (Alyse) of London (BSBA in Economics/Finance ’96 and MBA ’00), England and Julie Weaver (David) of Germantown, four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Teresa Johnson, 47, died September 23, 2012. She leaves a daughter, Tereka Johnson (Business Administration/Finance ’08); parents, Shirley Williams and L.C. Granderson; four sisters, Tiffany Rankins, Doris Evans, Terry Williamson and Sharon Johnson, and two brothers, Larry Granderson and David Williamson II.

Wesley (Turner) T. Pitts, 25, died November 4, 2012. He was the only child of Wesley McArthur Pitts and Sarah Turner Pitts (Chair, Acct/Bus Law/Fin/MIS/Stats). Turner is survived by his grandmother, Reba B. Pitts, of Columbia, SC, his aunt and uncle, Catherine and Brooks Pitts, his aunt, Denise Pitts, and numerous cousins and other relatives, all of South Carolina. Turner also leaves his godmother, Candace Smith, of Houston, TX and his ”adopted” aunts, Alice Paysinger of Jackson, MS, and Terri Yarborough, of Greensboro, NC, and many friends. Turner is also survived by his constant companion, his dearly beloved cat Birdia. Turner was honored to be a member of Columbia Grace Church of the Nazarene in Columbia, SC, and he was also a member of the National Kidney Foundation.

Rachel Whitson Slover, 88, passed away October 7, 2012 after a long illness. Mrs. Slover, born in Covington, TN was married to Frank T. Slover from 1944 until his passing in 1985 and was a longtime member of Germantown Baptist Church. She had once served as the Tennessee Division President of the National Secretary Association International, and was once voted secretary of the year for Tennessee. She then became a successful real estate agent for Crye-Leike Realtors before retiring. She leaves two sons, Steven Slover (wife Janet) of Olive Branch, MS, and Michael Slover (BSBA/Management ’92) (wife Beth) of Germantown, TN. She had been blessed with 5 grandchildren: Christy Capps, Meredith Slover Wilson, Joseph Slover, Daniel Slover, and Sara Slover; one great-grandchild, Kayla Williams, and two great-great-grandchildren, Levi and Rylee.

Robert F. “Bob” Yoakum, Sr., 75, retired Tennessee Highway Patrol Lieutenant, died October 21, 2012 at his home. Mr. Yoakum was a member of Covington First United Methodist Church, FOP, Ret. Tennessee Troopers Association, American Association of State Troopers, and a lifetime member of VFW. He leaves a daughter, Stefanie (Shannon) Beasley of Covington; a son, Robert F. (Melissa) Yoakum, Jr. (MBA ’92) of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Betty (Joe) Burross of Brighton; a brother, Charles (Doris) Yoakum of Covington; granddaughters Abbey and Leah Beasley; three nephews, and one niece. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jake Yoakum.

Please continue to keep them, their families, and friends in your thoughts and prayers.


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