Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cookeville Community Mourns Hargrove Death

The Cookeville community today is mourning the death of local theatre icon Margery Hargrove in a housefire on Friday. The 83-year-old Hargrove died when the home on First Street caught fire early Friday afternoon. Officials say they are still investigating the cause of the blaze. Hargrove was involved in the creation of the Wesley Arena theatre, Cookeville Summer Theatre, and the construction of the Cookeville Performing Arts Theatre, whose auditorium bears her name. There was a moment of silence in her memory at the opening night performance of Cinderella -- the current production in that auditorium. Cookeville Fire Chief John Kendrick said a neighbor called 911 about 12:30 Friday afternoon and reported seeing smoke coming from the house. He says most of the fire damage was contained to a front room, which is where what is believed to be the body of Hargrove was found.