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Leaders remember Khoury

Local leaders are remembering a local businessman who passed away Saturday.
Nader Khoury ran two donut shops over a number of years in the community. He first owned Gourmet Donuts, but sold it when he retired a few years back. He came out of retirement last year and opened Mt. Juliet Donut Shop on Nonaville Road. He died Saturday at the age of 54 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
“He was a friend to everyone in our community,” said Mt. Juliet Police Department Captain Tyler Chandler in the MJPD Weekly Update.
Chandler got choked up when talking about Khoury, saying he always opened his arms to the MJPD, hosting Coffee with a Cop, and brought by donuts to the headquarters. He said he was always willing to help in any way he could.
At the Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, Fire Department of Mt. Juliet Chief Jamie Luffman asked for a moment of silence for Khoury, saying he meant so much to all the departments of the city, as well as the community as a whole.
“He is going to be greatly missed,” said Chief Luffman.
Vice Mayor Ray Justice remembered when he worked for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office getting off at 6 a.m. and going through the drive-thru at Khoury’s old location at Gourmet Donuts. He said he made sure he went when it was still dark.
“I told him I didn’t want anyone to see a patrol car getting donuts,” said Justice, which he said always made Khoury laugh.
Justice said he was an important figure in the community and would do anything for Mt. Juliet.
“His heart went out to the community so many times,” said Justice.
City Manager Kenny Martin echoed everyone’s comments, and said he was a key part of the community.
“Mr. Nader is definitely like family to us,” said City Manager Kenny Martin.
A Funeral Mass and visitation will be held at St. Stephen Catholic Community on Wednesday. Visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon, with the Funeral Mass following. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Nashville. See the full obituary on Page 8.