David Dickason Creekmore

August 8, 1942July 2, 2018

David Dickason Creekmore died Monday, July 2. He was 75. A lifelong resident of West Knoxville, he served as General Sessions Judge in Knox County for 15 years. He then served as Town Judge for the Town of Farragut for several years. When the Cocke County General Sessions Judge was called to active duty in Iraq, he served 4 years in his stead. Many of his friends called him Judge. He practiced law for 52 years in Knoxville. He held the J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law and held two degrees from the Judge Advocate Generals Law School. He graduated from the Army's Command and General Staff School. He served 26 years in the Active Reserves, with 3 overseas assignments. He was a member of Chota Lodge, F&A OM, Scottish Rite and Kerbela Shrine. He also belonged to Knoxville Lodge #160, BPOE Elks. Mr. Creekmore was an accomplished writer. He wrote a column for the Farragut Press for several years and was a columnist for the Knoxville Journal for 17 years. He was a collector of antiques and appeared on television as an appraiser. He also belonged to the American Legion and the VFW. He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Benson Creekmore and mother, Betsey Beeler Creekmore. He leaves a twin sister Betsey B. Creekmore, and a son, Walton. He leaves close friends, The Golden Girls of Cocke County General Sessions Court Office present and retired and his closest friend, Sunshine (Michelle R. Rex). The family will receive friends at Berry Highland Memorial on Thursday, July 5 from 6-p.m. There will be a graveside service on Friday, July 6 at Highland Memorial at 12 o'clock noon. In lieu of flowers , the family suggests contributions to the Frank B. Creekmore Award at the UT College of Law, the Salvation Army, or a charity of your choice. Family and friends may share their condolences at


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Graveside Service Friday, July 6, 2018

David Dickason Creekmore

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Joe Inman

July 14, 2018

David was a fiend and fellow lover of Studebaker Cars. He served a president of the Smoky Mountain Chapter Studebaker Drivers Club in the 1990s. He will be missed. RIP
Joe & Reba Inman

Tim Farner

July 6, 2018

Judge Creekmore is beloved by many and will be missed. Those of us "Old Timers" in my unit know him well and never could repay him for his service to our Battalion before and after each deployment.

The Lord has taken our brother home, we will hold the line until each of us are called up to join you.

God Bless!!!

SSG Tim D. Farner

Buford Campbell

July 6, 2018

I came to UT at Bill Snider's invitation for a year's visit. The year was extended and I traded my position at The Ohio State University for one at UT. After several years of service, I retired from academics and began 35 years of professional Engineering. Early on, I met David when he inquired of my academic/engineering background, thus our friendship and respect of each other began, and remains forever. Rest well my friend.

Dr. William B. Campbell, PhD, PE

William Trent

July 5, 2018

David was a very good friend of over 50+ years and will be missed ,I have a lot of great memory,s of talks we had.
Rest well .
William L. Trent

Melanie Edmonds

July 5, 2018

Judge Creekmoore will be missed. Always had a smile when at the Elks Lodge. Prayers for everyone from the Elk family.

Melanie Edminds, Exalted Ruler, Knoxville Elks Lodge No. 160

Suzy Asquith Woods

July 5, 2018

Betsy, I am sorry for your loss of your twin brother. I will never forget us all eating together and you saying the Lutheran prayers’ origin was from the Vikings. I will be praying for you and your family.

Richard Burnette, Jr.

July 5, 2018

Hooah to a fellow Battle Buddy! I did not know David, but as a LTC actively serving in the Army, I am grateful for his service to Our Country. You will never be forgotten Battle! Lest We Forget!

Kitty Creekmore

July 4, 2018

David Creekmore helped me so much in my life. I was defended in court after the death of my brother, Richard Creekmore Jr. - I went before The Court three times. Each time, I would hear a door open in the back of the courtroom, and I instinctively knew who it was. David would stand at the back door and "eyeball" the Judge hearing my case. The attorneys, among them the late Bob Ritchie, helped me out of respect for my father Richard Creekmore and my cousin David Creekmore. I was beyond fortunate to have David in my life. He helped me when I needed help the most. He stood in for me when I could not stand. Being a Native Knoxvillian, I was asked often if I were related to David. It never failed that when I said, "Yes" ,
the other person would smile. Everyone knew and loved David. He was " The People's Judge."
I grew up hearing this saying: " If Judge looks toward the River, you know you are going up the River." He was a larger than life lifeboat to me, and he taught me to stand up.

Karen Swander

July 4, 2018

Betsey, to lose a brother is difficult but to lose your twin brother must be more so. Thinking of you and your family with love and sympathy. May your memories provide solace. Karen

Randall Reagan

July 4, 2018

I practiced before David when he was a judge and practiced with him when he was a lawyer. He was a great friend and a great man with a big heart and will be missed. Condolences to his family. RIP, Dave.