Jean McCulloch has been a continuous blessing to the Mt Juliet church for many decades. Her late parents, C.J. and Mattie Belle Potter were also faithful members of this congregation. C.J. is pictured with past elders in our foyer (from 1949-1966) and her late husband Robert is also among the same group (from 1966-1980). Being an elders daughter and wife gave her many opportunities to serve God along with also teaching Bible class and continuing to enjoy the Word of God. Even after her eyesight diminished she enjoyed listening to recordings or having others read. Jean loved her Lord, His family and her family.
Jean grew up in the small towns of Old Hickory and Mt. Juliet as the daughter of a DuPont worker. Two of her sisters, Jocelyn Galloway and Sandra Williams, are beloved members of the MJ church. As a young girl she enjoyed riding her ponies and horses all over MJ. This love for horses she instilled into her sons and granddaughters who have owned, showed, and enjoyed horses for decades. Erin (Johnny) Crisp, one of her granddaughters, has been a part of our church family all her life. Robert and Jean married when she was 19-years-old. Robert’s brother, Nabe (Alice) have also blessed our church family for decades. After Robert returned from military service they moved to Cookeville for him to attend Tennessee Tech to study engineering. Following graduation they moved back to MJ where she worked for many years in the food brokerage business. While her sons, P.D. and Earl Wayne, were in high school another young man, Keith Reese, needed a place to live after the death of his parents. The McCullochs opened their hearts and home, offering Keith a place to live and be loved.
As we live on this earth we become acquainted with trials and grief. Jean was no stranger to hardship. Earl Wayne had Polio when he was two. Later, she came near to death in her thirties with a pancreatitis attack causing the doctor to predict she would never live to be an older woman. A couple of decades later her devout husband passed away in 1980 leaving her a middle-aged widow. Although the challenges were great, the Lord she served was greater.
Jean loved life. Jean loved to travel, paint, read, play, and watch tennis and basketball. In high school she was an All State Guard in basketball. Those who knew her best have described her as intelligent, a caring mother, opinionated, great to argue with, etiquette minded, inquisitive, loyal, kind-hearted, beautiful, and loved life.
Her sons have continued to live the faith that first began in their mother and father and in their grandparents. We extend deep sympathy and fervent prayers on behalf of all the family of our sister Jean McCulloch. She was loved much and will be missed dearly. We love her and her family.