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In Memory of

Tena Katherine Everett-Cleghorn

May 18, 1965 - March 25, 2015

Obituary


One of this world's most beautiful souls, Tena Katherine Everett Cleghorn, age 49, passed away in her home near the Everett family farm in Mt. Juliet on March 26, 2015. On the day of her passing she was joyful and excited, packing for a Spring Break trip with her daughter to the place she called home for many happy years ''' Key West, FL. She spent her last moments with the Frick to her Frack, her father-in-law, "Mr. Joe" Cleghorn, Sr.
Born in Nashville, TN on May 18, 1965 to Jerry Everett Jr. and...

One of this world's most beautiful souls, Tena Katherine Everett Cleghorn, age 49, passed away in her home near the Everett family farm in Mt. Juliet on March 26, 2015. On the day of her passing she was joyful and excited, packing for a Spring Break trip with her daughter to the place she called home for many happy years ''' Key West, FL. She spent her last moments with the Frick to her Frack, her father-in-law, "Mr. Joe" Cleghorn, Sr.
Born in Nashville, TN on May 18, 1965 to Jerry Everett Jr. and Karren Everett (now Anderson), Tena spent much of her childhood at the Everett family farm. In December of 1995 she married Joe Cleghorn, Jr. Together they started several successful businesses, but both would agree their greatest blessing is their only daughter, Savannah Katherine (Katie) Cleghorn (18). Katie loves her mother dearly, and considers Tena her best friend. Tena would be incredibly proud of Katie for the grace and kindness she's exhibited during this difficult time.
A successful entrepreneur and accountant, Tena's tenacity, keen intellect and attention to detail served her well in business. She was the lover of a project, and her will to "never give up" was unparalleled. If you needed something done and done right, Tena was the one for the job. She enjoyed gardening, watching sports, mind challenging games and travelling. Her "fur-babies" were near and dear to her heart, and made every day an adventure.
Family was Tena's greatest joy. She loved time spent with her beloved daughter Katie, husband Joe, father-in-law Joe Cleghorn, Sr. With laughter, love, and fierce loyalty, she nurtured strong relationships with her siblings, nieces, nephew, and friends. Like her grandmother (Katherine "Callie" Everett) before her, she was an "other mother" to many. She inherited her Granny's blunt honesty, quick wit, and the ability to love unconditionally. When Granny passed away, taking on the role of family matriarch was a natural fit for Tena.
Tena believed it was her purpose in this life to use every talent, resource, experience and spiritual gift to serve others. She would not hesitate to spend her own hard-earned money, but also gave through her time, by lending advice, a shoulder to cry on, and unconditional support. She was a huge advocate of charities and causes related to women's rights, and animal rights, and veteran's rights. She and Joe founded Homes for Veterans, Inc. Tena also supported her sister, Betsy's work with Nashville's Community Resource Center.
She is survived by her husband, Joe Cleghorn, Jr., one daughter, Savannah Katherine (Katie) Cleghorn, father Jerry Everett, Jr., mother Karren Anderson, brothers Jerry Don (Mary) Everett and Terry (Cathy) Everett, sisters Betsy Everett and Billie Anderson, 4 neices Danielle, Ashley, Kirstin and Callie, and nephew Nick, as well as extended family members and lifelong friends.
A celebration of Tena's life is planned as follows:
***Tuesday, March 31st - 5pm - 8pm visitation at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.
***Wednesday, April 1st - 2pm - 6pm Celebration of Life at the Cleghorn residence
To honor Tena's generous spirit, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation to founded Homes for Veterans, Inc. or Community Resource Center.