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Douglas M. Trank PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Douglas M. Trank, 70, died of congestive heart failure Oct. 13 at his home in Mt. Juliet. 

After a life dedicated to teaching, he willed his body to the Vanderbilt University Medical School. There will be no visitation and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Doug was born on Sept. 8, 1944, in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Walter Trank and Hazel Stegeman. His family moved to Holdrege, Nebraska after his father returned from WWII and he graduated from Holdrege High School in 1962. He received his BA and MA from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and his PhD in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Utah in 1973.

Doug taught junior and senior High School English and Speech in Ogallala, Neb. for three years. After receiving his Ph.D., he taught Communication and coached Debate at Old Dominion University for three years before accepting a teaching and research position at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Ia. He took early retirement after 30 years there, retiring as Professor and Chair Emeritus in the Rhetoric Department in 2004. After a working briefly as a visiting professor at Texas Tech University, Doug fully retired from teaching and moved with his wife to Tennessee, where she is a professor in Vanderbilt’s College of Education.

While at Iowa, Doug served on several college and university committees and was Chair of the Board in Control of Athletics for six years. He served as the Alpha Tau Omega chapter faculty advisor at Iowa and at TexasTech. He remained connected to his many college ATO “brothers” all his life.

Doug served as president of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA), and was inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame. An award for the top paper in the basic course is named for him.

Doug was a member of the Iowa City Noon Optimist Group for many years, and served as its president. He was a strong supporter of the group’s speech competition for young people.

He is survived by his wife, Christine Quinn Trank, his sister, Beverly Stitt, his two daughters, Heather (Todd) Haigh and Jessica (Brandon) Pierce, and four grandchildren, Emily and Ashlyn Haigh and Brooklyn and Isabella Pierce.

David Yarbrough PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

David Yarbrough, 58, Lebanon, passed away Oct. 26. 

He is preceded in death by parents, Luther and Ruth Yarbrough; and daughter, Devon Yarbrough. 

He is survived by son, Chris (Christi) Yarbrough; brother, Mike Yarbrough; sisters, Christy Deese and Charlotte (Wayne) Lee; granddaughter, Leaysa Hurt and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet. 

Interment followed the service at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens with James Yarbrough, Michael Yarbrough, Carl Lee, Clint Lee, David Johnson and Bo Thomas serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Brown and Wayne Lee. Visitation with the family was Monday, Oct. 27 and Tuesday, Oct. 28.

Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, 2250 N. Mt. Juliet Road, Mt. Juliet, TN 37122, (615)758-5459, obituary line 615-758-8818,

Marcia Lynn Alford PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Marcia Lynn Alford, 60, Old Hickory, died Oct. 13.

Marcia was a graduate of Maplewood High School and earned an Associate of Science degree in Animal Hospital Technology at Columbia State Community College. Marcia also graduated Cum Laude with an Associate of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Volunteer State Community College. She was employed as a Lab Technician by DCI and was formerly employed by General Hospital. Marcia was preceded in death by her father, Cliford Alton, Jr.

She is survived by: mother, Marie Alford; brother, C. John (Kay) Alford; sister, Paula (Tony) Buffa; nieces and nephews, Carly Alford, Rylee Cooper, Reagan Cooper, Lily Cooper, Chris Cooper, Nick Cooper, Kevin Alford and River Cooper.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 18 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Pastor Jeff Streszoff officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Love On A Leash, PO Box 4548, Oceanside, CA 92052 (

Visitation was prior to service time Saturday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663,

Herschel Arthur Brewer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Herschel Arthur Brewer, 76, Mt. Juliet, formerly of Franklin, passed away Oct. 15. 

He is preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Clark Brewer; children, Brandon and Christi Brewer. 

He is survived by a brother in law, Wayne (Dora) Clark of Middleburg, Fla. 

Services were Friday, Oct. 17 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, Jim Taylor officiating. Visitation was Thursday and prior to the service. Burial in Williamson Memorial Gardens. The family request that donation be made in lieu of flowers to Alive Hospice. 

Williamson Memorial Funeral Home. 615-794-2289

Carl L. Carson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Carl L. Carson, 67, Mt. Juliet, died Oct. 14. 

Carson was a Vietnam Veteran who served his country honorably and was discharged in 1973.  In 1981, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Trevecca Nazarene University, and in 1985 he received his Master’s Degree from Tennessee State University. In 1986, he was the founder of Y-CAP, a ministry for inner city youth and their families. After leaving Y-CAP in 1996, he founded the Men of Valor Prison Ministry in 1997. In May 2008, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University for his nearly 30 years of service to the community.  Carl wanted it to be known that his sole reason for living came from the love and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ. He loved and was very proud of his family.

He is survived by: wife of 34 years, Karen Brown Carlson; sons, David Joshua (Janna) Carlson, Philip Ryan Carlson, Michael Jeffrey Carlson and Stephen Mark Carlson; mother-in-law, Frances (Terry) Acker; brothers-in-law, Michael Brown and Jeff (Stephanie) Brown; nieces and nephew, Nicole Brown, Lauren Brown and Steven Brown.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 18, at Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, 510 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN with Pastor Kevin Ulmet, Pastor Doug Runyon and Thad Guerra officiating. Interment with military honors was Monday, Oct. 20, at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. Active pallbearers were Josh Carlson, Philip Carlson, Michael Carlson, Stephen Carlson, Bill Lee, Phil Hickey, Jimmy Webb and Thad Guerra. Honorary pallbearers will be Men of Valor Board, Men of Valor Advisory Board and Men of Valor staff.

The family prefers that memorials be made to Men of Valor, 1410 Donelson Pike, Suite B-1, Nashville, TN 37217.

Visitation was Friday and Saturday at the church.

Arrangements by Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663,

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