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Doyle Medford Caffey

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at 8:57 am

After a two year absence from his beloved wife, Peggy, Doyle Medford Caffey, 95, went to join her in Heaven on April 22, 2024. He was surrounded by his family at the time of his passing.

Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Hillcrest Funeral Home with Rev. Jeff Rasnick officiating.  Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be Friday evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Stephen Caffey and Mary Lou Wheeler Caffey; his son-in-law, James Price; and his wife of 64 years, Peggy Joyce Sanders Caffey.

He is survived by his son, Steven J. (Nancy) Caffey; his daughter, Cindy K. Caffey; two grandsons, David Benjamin Caffey and Aaron Tyler (Ashleigh) Caffey.

He was often described as a “Gentleman Farmer.”  He was born and raised on the family farm here in Bedford County until it was foreclosed upon during the Great Depression.  He bought back the family farm in the early 60’s and after restoring the house in which he was born, moved his family back to the farm in 1975.

His was a life of service.  Doyle was one of five young men from Bedford County who left on the same day to serve his country in Korea and returned safely.  He was a Master Sargent/machine gunner. Upon returning he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Arts from MTSU.  He was a designer for Arvin/Calspan at Arnold Engineering and Development Center (AEDC) until his retirement in 1986.  He was instrumental in bringing Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) to the base.  He became a professional land surveyor in the late 50’s working on the weekends and at night until beginning his own company, Caffey Surveying, Incorporated in 1986.  He was also a charter member of the Tennessee Association of Professional Surveyors.

Just as he served his country, he firmly believed in serving his community.  He was a member of the Jaycees and the Lions Club. He served on the power board for Shelbyville Power, Water and Sewer as well as the Shelbyville Planning Commission.

Finally, just as he served his country and while serving his community, he also served the Lord.  He faithfully served First Baptist Church as an usher and later was ordained as a deacon.  After joining Blankenship Methodist Church, he could be seen every month serving in the fellowship breakfast until he became too infirm to continue.

Hillcrest Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.