Brian O. Otuonye

ATLANTA, Ga. — Brian O. Otuonye, 33, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Brian was born in Hancock, on 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 in business administration and finance from Tennessee Tech University (TTU), an MBA in international business from TTU, and an MBA 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; great-aunt, Alberta Graham of Columbus, Ohio; grand- parents, 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, Tennessee; brother, Christopher; sister-in-law, Ashley; niece, Caitlin; 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; uncle, DeRell Sills; cousins, DiMarco Hairston, Leanne Johnson and Randy Sills of Columbus, Ohio; as well as numerous other cousins and friends.

Services will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Cookeville, Tennessee, on August 10, 2018, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. and a Funeral Mass to follow at 12 p.m.

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

Hooper-Huddleston & Horner Funeral Home in Cookeville, Tennessee, 931- 526-6111, is in charge of arrangements.

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