COOKEVILLE — Brian O. Otuonye, 33, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. 

Brian was born in Hancock, Michigan, March 8, 1985, and moved to Cookeville, Tennessee, in 2002. He liked to say, “I have an excellent family and more than I deserve.” One of his favorite Bible verses was Philippians 4:5, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.”

Brian walked into rooms smile-first. He was beloved by everyone he met, known as charming, electric, thoughtful, empathetic, talented, sharp, hilarious and kind. He was an altar server, paper deliverer, Boy Scout, basketball player, speech king, Copper Bowl Prince, swimmer, entertainer, teddy bear, a closer, a businessman, a fierce fan of all things Michigan, and an incredibly generous friend. He was the tall guy at Homecoming in the shiny white suit and two-toned shoes. He was often seen quoting Sean Connery movies, singing along to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now” and dancing to whatever tune was playing nearby.

Brian attended Hancock Central High School and graduated from Cookeville High School. He received a BS degree in business administration and finance from Tennessee Tech University (TTU), an MBA degree in international business from TTU, and an MBA degree in finance from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

He worked as a technology account manager for Collabera, Inc., a worldwide IT recruiting and staffing company. He attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Brian was preceded in death by his aunt, Terry Lynn Hairston-McGee; grandfather, Ernest Hairston; great-grandmother, Hattie Pringle; and great-aunt, Alberta Graham of Columbus, Ohio; grandparents, Marcus and Janet Otuonye; uncles, Simon Otuonye and Louis Otuonye; and aunt, Christina Anaba, of Aba, Nigeria.

He is survived by his parents, Francis and Karen Otuonye of Cookeville; brother, Christopher, sister-in-law, Ashley, niece, Caitlin, and nephew, Lucas Otuonye, of Houston, Texas; sister, Katrina Otuonye of Seattle, Washington; aunt, Helen Achilihu of Aba, Nigeria; grandmother, Patricia Hairston; great-uncle, Thomas Pringle; aunt, Trina, and uncle, DeRell Sills; cousins, DiMarco Hairston, Leanne Johnson and Randy Sills, of Columbus, Ohio; as well as numerous cousins and friends. 

Services will be held at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church in Cookeville, Aug. 10, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to follow at noon.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Saint Thomas Aquinas Outreach Program (421 N. Washington Avenue, Cookeville, TN 38501), or a charity of your choice. 

Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville is in charge of arrangements, 526-6111. You may share your thoughts and memorials at www.hhhfunerals.com.



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