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Rev. Will Davis Campbell PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rev. Will Davis Campbell man of constant comfort to the biblical “least of these,” died peacefully in the unbroken circle of his extended family on Monday evening, June 3, 2013. He was 88. A native of Amite County, MS, he and his two brothers and one sister were the children of Lee Webb and Hancie Parker Campbell. Will was ordained to the ministry at East Fork Baptist Church near his family’s farm when he was 17 and enlisted in the army soon thereafter, serving as a medic in the South Pacific during World War II. In 1946 he married Brenda Fisher, whom he had met at Louisiana College in Pineville before he joined the army. Will went on to complete his higher education, earning degrees at Wake Forest, Tulane and Yale Universities; he received the Doctor of Divinity at Yale in 1952. Returning to the South, Rev. Campbell served for two years as pastor of a Baptist church in Taylor, LA, before becoming principal campus chaplain at the University of Mississippi. He was eased out by the school administration in 1956 because of his outspoken support of racial integration. The Campbells then moved to Nashville, and Will became a special representative in the South for the National Council of Churches. By the mid-1960s, he and Brenda and their three children had settled on a small farm near Mt. Juliet, in Wilson County, and Will was named director of the Committee of Southern Churchmen, a lay organization of whites and blacks working since the 1930s to bring a social gospel of reconciliation and hope to the masses of Southerners who suffered from racism, poverty, discrimination and neglect. Down through the years, the Campbell farm became a safe harbor and place of healing for uncounted hundreds of troubled souls and kindred spirits. Will’s “church without a steeple” attracted a wonderful menagerie of humanity—defrocked ministers, country music “outlaws,” alienated academics, hard-bitten journalists, Ku Klux Klan members, student protesters, Black Panthers, Vietnam War resisters, runaway children, death-row inmates and sundry other untouchables shunned by polite society. “We’re all bastards, but God loves us anyway,” Will was fond of saying. “If you love one, you gotta love ‘em all.” He wrote 17 books, the most celebrated of which was Brother to a Dragonfly, and received numerous honors, including personal words of praise for “Brother Will” from Jimmy Carter and a Presidential Medal from Bill Clinton—two Southerners and national chief executives who admired his conviction.

In addition to his parents, Will was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph Lee Campbell, and sister Lorraine Campbell Honea. 

Survivors include: Brenda Fisher Campbell, his wife of 67 years; brother Paul Edward Campbell (Bettye); daughter Penny Elizabeth Campbell; daughter Bonnie Ruth Campbell (Steven Hallman); son Lee Webb Campbell II (Donna Bandy Campbell); and four grandchildren: Will Harlan Dylan Campbell (Amy Lynn Waples), Kyle Lindsey Campbell, Will Davis Campbell II and Cole Bandy Campbell.

A memorial service for Will will be held at noon Saturday, June 22, at St. Stephen Catholic Community, 14544 Lebanon Rd., with family visitation preceding at 11 a.m. and continuing at the church after the service. The Campbell family wishes to express its deepest affection and gratitude to the staff of the Richland Place Health Center for their thoroughly professional, warmly personal and always loving care of Will over the past two years. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that alternative donations be made to nonprofit public-service organizations such as Park Center, 801 12th Ave. S., Nashville 37203, and Second Harvest Food Bank, 331 Great Circle Rd., Nashville 38228.

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, www.sellarsfuneralservices.com.

 
Harley Ellsworth Erb III PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Harley Ellsworth Erb III, 88, passed peacefully into God’s presence Saturday, June 8. 

Harley was born in Salem, Va. Attended Roanoke College and graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville with a mechanical engineering degree. He was an avid lifelong Vols fan. Harley served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII and in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War as a meteorology officer. A career as a heating and air conditioning engineer preceded becoming a successful small business owner of Baskin Robbins and multiple Subways. Harley’s quick wit, upbeat personality, and warmhearted, kind spirit touched all who knew him. He was a wonderful Christian son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. God blessed him with a large family who loved and adored him. His great sense of humor and ability to tell a much embellished joke, sometimes even in dialect, will be missed. His family was always a top priority in his long life. His positive attitude brought joy to those who knew him and was a model of his strong, trusting faith. Harley enjoyed years of golf, travel and was a devoted member of St. Luke Cumberland Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and Sunday school teacher. 

He is survived by: his wife, Betty Defoe Bowling Erb; brother, Dr. Blair D. Erb; son, Harley E. Erb, IV (Donna), daughter Jane Erb Kirkpatrick (Jim), grandchildren, Jay Kirkpatrick (Katharine), Chris Erb (Meghan), Kelley Erb, Kathryn Erb Punke (Chris) and five great grandchildren with two on the way. 

Harley delighted in the gift of even more children and grandchildren when he married Bettye 19 years ago. These survivors include children Kerma Bowling Wilson (Nelson), Jayne Bowling Duncan (Tony), David Bowling and Dough Bowling (Julie); grandchildren Matthew Wilson (Meghan), Rebekah Wilson, Benjamin Bowling (Whitney), Will Bowling, Julieanne Bowling, John Berry Bowling, Zack Duncan, Hayley Grace Duncan and one great grandson. 

Harley was preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Harley E. Erb Jr., Matthew Wilson, Benjamin Bowling, Will Bowling, Zack Duncan and John Berry Bowling. 

Entombment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Visitation with the family was Monday, June 10 and prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 901 W. Old Hickory Blvd., Madison, TN 37115, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St. Nashville, TN 37203. Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138. 

 
Joshua Cody Jernigan PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Joshua Cody Jernigan, 28, Mt. Juliet, died Tuesday, June 4. 

Josh was a 2003 graduate of Wilson Central High School and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Morris “Bubba” and Carol Gilley; his paternal grandparents, Buford and Francis Jernigan and his uncle, Jeff Jernigan.

He is survived by: mother, Tonya (Mike Kerr) Jernigan; Father, Tommy Jernigan; son, Hayden Davis; brother, Jeremy Jernigan; sister, Jessica Jernigan; grandparents, Tommy and Angela Bradley; aunt, Tammy Love; uncles, Tracy (Tonya) Gilley, Travis Bradley and Mike (Cindy) Jernigan; nephew, Dalton Jernigan; cousins, Chris Gunter and Matt and Elijah Monroe and several other cousins; great-great aunt, Mary Helen Bass; long-time family friend, Morris Wayne Adcock.

Funeral services were Saturday, June 8 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Bro. Larry Pedigo officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Jeremy Jernigan, Tracy Parsons, Jay Spivey, Mike Stansbery, Jordan Rice, Patrick Binkley, Christopher Gunter, Jr. and Morris “Mo” Adcock. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the L-Town Riders and Streetz Kingz.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Tyler Cates American Legion Post #281, P.O. Box 67, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121.

Visitation was Friday and until 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, www.bondmemorial.com.

 
Mary E. Perryman PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mary E. Perryman, 86, Hermitage, passed away June 8. 

A devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a generous and caring person, who retired from Lifeway. 

She is survived by her devoted husband of 67 years, Raymond Perryman; daughters Brenda Agee (Jim) and Glenda Baldwin (John); son, Ed Perryman (Karen); grandchildren, Mary Beth Anderson (John), James Agee (Jessica), Meredith Kennerty (John), Drew Baldwin (Kathleen), Justin Perryman (Annie) and Kristin Streeter (Corey); 13 great-grandchildren. 

A funeral service was Monday, June 10 at the Grace Church of the Nazareth with Pastor Ken Dove officiating. Visitation with the family was Sunday at the funeral home and prior to the service Monday. A committal service followed by an entombment in the Hermitage Memorial Gardens. 

Hermitage Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens, 535 Shute Lane, Old Hickory, TN 37138, (615)889-0361. 

 
Jackie Reeves Wilson PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jackie Reeves Wilson,  67, Mt. Juliet, died Friday, June 7. 

Wilson was general manager of Earl Dunn Pontiac for several years and a former co-owner of Woodlake Auto Sales. He was a member of Mt. Juliet Lodge No. 642 F&AM. Mr. Wilson was the son of the late, Odie and Bertha Spivey Wilson. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Wallace Wilson, Jo Ann Minchey, Patricia Tekulve and Kathleen Harris.

He is survived by: wife of 45 years, Judy Wilson; daughters, Renee Holligan and Jennifer (David) Kelley; brother, Richmond (Toni) Wilson; grandchildren, Alex Hamer, Jacob Kelley, Davis Kelley and Jackson Kelley.

Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, June 13 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Jeff Wilson officiating. 

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Betty Adams, 14270 Lebanon Road, Old Hickory, TN 37138.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Thursday at  Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615)773-2663. Obit Line (615)641-2663, www.bondmemorial.com.

 
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