MSG Tony Cogdill

Tony Cogdill www.lewisherald.comMSG Anthony  “Tony” Ray Cogdill, age 57, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2016 at his home following an extended battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Saturday, August 13 at First Baptist Church with Chaplin L. Anda, Jeff Eaton and Billy Meek officiating. Burial, with full military honors, took place in the Lewis County Memorial Gardens.

McDonald Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

MSG Cogdill was born October 29, 1958 in Hohenwald, a son of Janie Barnes Cogdill and the late Fred Taylor Cogdill. He was a full time employee with the Tennessee Army National Guard which he served 39 years.

He was deployed to Iraq/Kuwait in 2003-2004 for 15 months and in July 2011, he was deployed to Afghanistan where MSG Cogdill sustained breakage in his neck from a roll-over training exercise. He was medevac’d to Germany where he was stabilized and sent to the states for surgery. His condition worsened and in December 2011, he was diagnosed with ALS. He was a member of the 230th Signal Company in Nashville, attached to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Alma Cogdill of Hohenwald; two daughters, Jennifer Cogdill King (Michael) of Savannah, Georgia and Victoria Cogdill of Hohenwald; son-in-law, Jason Zimmermann; two brothers, Robert Cogdill (Gail) and Tim Cogdill (Jennifer); grandfather, Junior Turner; grandson, Taylor Ray Zimmermann,  all of Hohenwald; granddaughter, Autumn Rose King of Savannah, Georgia.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pattie Jean Cogdill Shryock; grandmothers, Ruby Turner and Madge Cogdill; and grandfather, Carl Cogdill.

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