Thomas Swann Teague, 82, of Jefferson City, departed his earthly life Monday, July 6, 2020. He began his journey of life December 9, 1937 in Kernersville, North Carolina, as the first child of Ethel Swaim Teague and Thomas Carrick Teague, growing up on the fifth generation Teague family farm there. He attended Mars Hill College, and graduated from Florida State in 1962, when he came to teach voice at then-Carson-Newman College, later earning his doctorate from FSU. In addition to teaching voice at CNU, he directed many productions of Lyric Theater and chaired the Concert Lecture Series. He also served as the choir director at First United Methodist Church from 1969 -2009. After his retirement from CNU in 2003, he taught voice classes at Walters State for six years, filling the rest of his time continuing to direct music at First United Methodist Church, spending time with family, and farming. He and his family enjoyed farming, boating and horseback riding together when the children were growing up.
He was preceded in death by parents, Carrick and Ethel Teague; daughter, Julie Wahl; son, Matthew Freshour; and grandchild, Logan Teague.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Nyoka Haworth Teague; brother, Reggie (Ruby) Teague; sister, Martha (Leon) Smith; children, David Teague, Rachel (Mark) Watson and Chris (Paige) Freshour; grandchildren, Aaron and Alex Thompson, Lauren (Read) Walden, Luke and Lannah Teague, Drew, Reese, and Ivy Freshour, Josh, Jayden, and Jordan Watson; and a host of other family and friends.
A viewing for friends of the family will be held Thursday, July 9 at Farrar Funeral Home, Jefferson City, with social distancing and mask usage appreciated. A small family graveside service will be held at West View Cemetery with First United Methodist pastor Lloyd Jones officiating. A celebration of life service will be held at First United Methodist Church sometime later in the year when family and friends can gather safely and share stories in his honor.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Thomas Teague Music Scholarship Fund at Carson Newman University or First United Methodist Church music fund in Jefferson City.
Arrangements by Farrar Funeral Home.