Founding Families

Robert Cullom

Bob Cullom was a special individual. He served as a member of the CRMC Auxiliary from 2000 until his passing in January 2010. He volunteered twice a week at the east entrance of the hospital where he directed friends, families and patients; delivered items to patient rooms; and served in many more ways, always with a smile.


In 2006, Bob gave one of the very first gifts received by The Foundation — a $50 check as a get-well gift for one of his Lions Club friends who was in the hospital. Over the next 15 years, he gave us 14 more checks, all in honor of or in memory of those individuals about whom Bob cared. Many of the gifts were given anonymously. Bob was especially interested in helping the Caring Hands Fund, which provides short-term financial assistance for patients being treated at CRMC who are not covered by insurance or other traditional means of health care.


Bob soon made the decision to do a codicil to his will and made a life estate agreement, leaving his home and personal belongings to The Foundation. Upon his death, he wanted The Foundation to sell his home and personal belongings. He wanted the proceeds to support the Caring Hands Fund.


Bob passed away on January 2, 2010, after a brief illness. When all was said and done, Bob’s estate provided $56,000 directly to The Foundation Caring Hands Operating Fund and $56,000 for the establishment of the Robert E. Cullom Caring Hands Endowment Fund. He also left some things to his sister and two nephews, and his tools to his next-door neighbor.


Bob taught for more than 30 years as a Metro Nashville teacher and community coordinator. He graduated from West High, obtained his B.S. degree from Austin Peay, his master’s from MTSU and his doctorate hours from TSU. After moving to Cookeville, he joined First United Methodist Church of Cookeville and the Lions Club, as well as the Auxiliary. He lived a life of doing good deeds and helping others.


His memory will continue to live on through his gifts to The Foundation at Cookeville Regional Medical Center Endowment Fund.