James M. Preston

Mr. James Milton Preston, 91, died Friday, May 18, 2012 at NHC – Smithville following an extended illness.

A resident of Woodbury, Mr. Preston was a native of Cannon County. He served as a deacon at Woodland Baptist Church, and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army. He was a farmer and worked in construction.


His wife of 65 1/2 years, Margaret Inglis Preston of Woodbury.

Children: Regina (Wayne) Pack and Helen Preston, both of Smithville; David (Jackie) Preston of Beech Grove, Russell (Kay) Preston of Manchester, Charles (Kathy) Preston, Terry Preston and Donald Preston all of Woodbury.

Brother: Harry Martin Preston of Crossville.

Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hervey Preston and Verna Griffith Preston; 2 grandchildren, Jimmy Preston and Virginia Preston, and a sister, Margaret Gilley.

Funeral services will be held at Woodland Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2012 with Bro. Greg Mitchell and Bro. John Robinson officiating.        

Burial will be in Amity Cemetery.

Visitation will be after 2:00 p.m. Sunday and Mr. Preston will lie in state at the church Monday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cannon County Child Advocacy Center or Woodland Baptist Church.

For online tributes, www.woodburyfuneralhome.net