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Self, David Earl

Dave Self (Oct. 23, 1945 – Feb. 14, 2018) passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Feb. 14, 2018 in Mt. Juliet. He was 72. He was born in Vallejo, CA. and raised in Murfreesboro, TN.

He was educated at Middle Tennessee State University, graduating in 1967 with Honors in both Engineering and English. He valued education and was proud that all his daughters received advanced degrees in their fields.

He served his country in the Vietnam war on the front lines 1968-1970 acquiring an Air medal, a Purple heart and a Bronze star. He was an avid history scholar and enjoyed visiting museums while travelling across the south. He loved cars, mechanics, and tinkering in general. He spent many years rebuilding an Army jeep from the ground up. He was a fan of do it yourself projects, building a garage and laying a new wood floor by himself in his home.

A life-long music lover, he played the saxophone in the marching band at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. Dave also had a tremendous gift for storytelling and was reliably witty and entertaining, always delivering a punch line with perfect timing. You could hear his laugh from across the room.

He was exceptionally healthy and full of energy up to the moment he passed away. He never missed a day walking his beloved dogs. He had a soft spot for all animals and inherited his mother’s green thumb producing yummy tomatoes and okra in his summer garden.

His biggest love in life was his family. He was devoted to his wife of 29 years, Mary Frances Self. He is survived by his wife; his daughters, Melissa (Nigel) Sanders-Self, Julie Benjamin, and Mary (Jason) Organ; his stepchildren, Rhonda Parman and Jeffrey Jennings; and his six grandchildren, Dylan Sanders-Self, Luke Sanders-Self, Hannah Benjamin, Emma Benjamin, Olivia Benjamin, and Pearl Organ.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb.22, 2018 at Bond Memorial Chapel with Ronald Stroupe officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Thursday at Bond Memorial Chapel, N. Mt. Juliet Road and Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN.

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