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Claude Allen Partlow, Sr. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Funeral services and a celebration of the life of Mr. Claude Allen Partlow, Sr., was Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Partlow Funeral Chapel in Lebanon, with Rev. Ray Clubb and Rev. David Fallin officiating. A graveside service followed at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation was Friday, Nov. 15 and preceding the service on Saturday. 

Partlow, 80, passed away Nov. 13 in Lebanon. He was an active member of the Mt. Juliet First Baptist Church. He was a 1950 graduate of Lebanon High School. He graduated college from Tennessee Technological University in 1955 with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.

Partlow served our nation as a Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard. Through out his years in the engineering field, he worked for both the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority as an electrical and nuclear engineer. He was active in his church as the Church Training/Education Director, choir member, Church Treasurer, and Deacon for many years. He was a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church in Madison, Alabama, where he served as the Church Treasurer until moving to Tennessee to be closer to his family. 

Partlow was always an active member of his community as well, as a member of The Gideons International and The Lion’s Club. He also loved playing his baritone in the church orchestra and community band. His other favorite pastimes were fishing, golfing, photography, and telling jokes.

Partlow is the son of the late Bluford and Edna Partlow,  and is also preceded in death by his brother, James. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Myra Rose (Stonecipher) Partlow;  three children, Lynn (Garry) Williams, Gail (Lewis) Moore, and Allen (Jackie) Partlow; five grandchildren, Jennifer (Luke) Brewington, Andrew (Heather) Stephens, Rachel Stephens, Shaun Williams, and Cody Partlow; six  great-grandchildren; four step great- grandchildren. He also leaves behind two brothers, Howard (Nancy) Partlow and Jerry (Judy) Partlow; sister-in-law, Annette (Joe) Stewart; numerous nieces and nephews. 

Active pallbearers were family and friends. Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, Mount Juliet, his breakfast buddies, and his friends from Rutland Place. Special thanks goes to the staff of Gentiva Hospice, Quality Care Rehab and Nursing Home, and Summit Hospital Floor 7 Staff. Partlow Funeral Chapel (615)444-7007 Obituary Line, (615)444-7700. www.partlowchapel.com.

 
Robert Andrew Thordsen PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Robert Andrew Thordsen, 68, Mt. Juliet, died Wednesday, Nov. 13.  Thordsen was formerly a chemist with Quaker Chemical and owner of Interfluids in Shelbyville. He was a former member of the Shelbyville Lions Club.

He is survived by: son, Joe (Helga) Thordsen; brothers, Herman Thordsen ad Milton Thordsen; sister, Florence Haimovivi; grandchildren, Christopher Thordsen and Patrick Thordsen.

Funeral services were Monday, Nov. 18 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Tim Pippin officiating. Visitation was prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McGavock High School Band or the DuPont Hadley Band. 

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

 
Robert Joseph Beckham PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Music publisher Robert Joseph “Bob” Beckham, died Monday, Nov. 11 at Summit Hospital in Hermitage. He was 86.  

Music was his life and songwriters his best friends, from his early years as a child star in the movies through a very successful recording career which he walked away from to be closer to his family.  Music dominated everything he did.  As a music publisher he nurtured many great songwriters.  At Lowery Music they included Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed, and Joe South among others…at Raleigh Music he introduced the world to Ben Peters and finally at Combine Music, a struggling company when he joined it.  He turned it into one of the most important factors in Nashville’s becoming Music City.  Where would it be without the songs of Kris Kristofferson, Dennis Linde, Larry Gatlin, Dolly Parton, Bob Morrison, Johnny McCrae, Debbie Mupp, Billy Swan, John Scott Sherril, Bob DePiero, Chris Gantry, Alan Rush, Martha Sharp, Time Kreckel, Lee Clayton, Mark Germino, Johnny Wilson, Gene Dobbins, Don Devaney, Bobby Russell, Buzz Cason, Mickey Clark, Steve Clark, Wanda Mallette, Patti Ryan, Tony Joe White, Mel McDaniel, Arthur Alexander, Steve Earle, and Mary Mary Francis.

After combine was sold, Beckham was asked by HoriPro, an international company, to establish a presence in Nashville.  HoriPro became a successful presence almost immediately.

No matter where Beckham was, one of the secrets to his success was his open mindedness and a great ear when it came to new writers.  No one was ever told that new songs were not being accepted.  Beckham was low profile but a great song man, and he created an incredible atmosphere for the writers.  The doors were always open. His personal office door was never closed. His friends included the movers and shakers who frequently sought him out.  His contributions were always in the background as he never sought the spotlight.  He’d had enough of that in the movies and on the stage. Other than music, his deepest conversations were always about his family.  They were the core and the reason for everything he did.  He was first, last, and always, a family man.

He is survived by wife of 66 years, Shirley Beckham; children: Pamela Beckham Linde, Debbie (James) Beckham Hall, Mike (Cindy Beckham) Devault, and Gay (Steve) Beckham Stought; sisters: Lorraine Clark and Karen Stuart; grandchildren: Lisa, Will, and Katie Linde, Megan Bare and Justin Hall, Jesse and Tyler Lawson, and Riley and Eli Stought; and great-grandchildren: Jack and Mary Marsden, Bella and Beckham Bare, Wren, Wiley, and Maizie Linde, and Lindie Brown.  Special thanks to our brother John Dorris for loving our daddy.  He is preceded in death by parents Lovenia Shaw and Bill Beckham and son-in-law Dennis Linde.

The family will be receiving friends at Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 13, followed by the graveside service.  Graveside Services are 3 p.m. at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. Memorial Donations:  Alive Hospice.  Sellars Funeral Home at Mt. Juliet, Mt. Juliet TN, (615)444-9393.  Obits (615)758-8818.

 
William Earl Brown PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

William Earl Brown, 84, Mt. Juliet, died Saturday, Nov. 9. 

Brown was a member of Green Hill Church of Christ and was retired from Ford Motor Company. He was the son of the late, John and Effie Hopper Brown. Brown was also preceded in death by brother, Jerry Brown; sister, Ernestine Howarth and daughter, Sissy Hicks.   

He is survived by: wife of 29 years, Janie Brown; sons, Jeff (Lisa) Brown and Gregg (Cathy) Brown; daughters, Susan Russell, Vivian Vanderburg, Becky Stewart and Mary Jane Hicks; sisters, Aliene Hardy and Joyce Wright; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Brother August Ruff Head officiating. Interment with military honors followed at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Warren Smith, Mike Goodall, Alex Poteete, Aaron Jones, Hatton Wright and Vincent Lenning. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of Green Hill Church of Christ. 

Visitation was Monday and Tuesday 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.

 
Samuel Grant Farmer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Samuel Grant Farmer, Wednesday, Nov. 6,  the infant son of Grant and Megan Farmer of Mt. Juliet. 

In addition, he is survived by: maternal grandparents, Thomas and Linda Tozer; paternal grandparents, Richard and Sharon Farmer; aunts and uncles, Alyssa and John McDonald, Emily Farmer, Blake and Mariah Farmer.

Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 8, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jacob Armstrong officiating. Interment followed at Mt. Juliet Memorial Gardens. 

Visitation was prior to service Friday 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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