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Obituaries from 2000 Edgehill, edition 1, 2018-2019

List of 13 items.

  • Jane Carr Pettey '34

    Jane Carr Pettey ’34, 95, long time resident of the Main Line, died peacefully on July 3, 2013. Wife of the late Thomas M. Pettey. Preceded in death by three sisters. Survived by daughters Martha Page (Douglas) of Birmingham, AL, Mary Beth Berry, Wayne, three grandchildren Margaret Muhly (Ty), Michael Berry (Jackie), Cynthia Page, four great grandchildren, a sister Mary Jo Ellis of Nashville, TN and numerous nieces and nephews. She was a graduate of Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University, an Art Teacher in the T-E School District, member of the Valley Forge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a long time volunteer at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
  • Mary Jo Carr Ellis '38

    Nashville - Mary Josephine Carr Ellis ‘38 7-20-21 until 4-10-18
    There is a party in heaven, the Carr girls all finally together! Mary Jo was born to Mr. and Mrs H. E. Carr of Nashville. She shared a full life with each of her four sisters who preceded her in death, Louise Grissim, Bebe Byrn, Elizabeth Nicholls, and Jane Pettey. She was also preceded in death by her husband and best friend, J. Porter Ellis. Educated at Peabody Demonstration school, she worked at American Airlines during World War II before settling back in Nashville. She was a reporter for the Nashville Banner retiring from the Society/Lifestyles section. She served as Carol Chairman and President of Fannie Battle Day Home. She was also the first president of the Council of Community Agencies, the predecessor of the United Givers Fund. She was a member of the Centennial Club, a charter member of Hillwood Country Club, and former member of the Colonial Dames. Mary Jo was a life master in bridge, enjoying many moments around the bridge table. She and Porter played golf into their 80's.

    At the time of her death, she was a resident at Park Manor. She is survived by her children and step children: Joe Brady, Tom Brady (Caroline), Steve Brady (Ellen), Susan Broyles (Brad), Lyn Robison (Phil), Jo Sanders, and David Ellis (Carol); 5 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and 16 step-great grandchildren, along with many loving nieces and nephews.

    Mary Jo's family is eternally grateful to Cindy Matheny for the kind and loving care that she gave our mother for her last years.
  • Norman Cooper Frost '39

    Norman Cooper Frost ’39 died April 23, 2018 in Atlanta Ga. Mr. Frost was born in Nashville on Feb. 6, 1923, the son of Norman and Anna Cooper Frost. A graduate of Peabody Demonstration School, he received a BA degree from Vanderbilt University just three weeks before reporting to the Marine Corps. After service in the Pacific theater, he returned to Vanderbilt to complete his law degree in 1948. During the Korean War he was called back into the Marine Corps where he fought in the Chosin Resevoir campaign and achieved the rank of Captain before being honorably discharged and returning to practice law in Nashville. He began working in the Bell Telephone system in 1953, retiring in 1988 as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Bell South, Inc. in Atlanta. Mr. Frost was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Katherine Shapard Frost, and is survived by his daughter Kathy Muma (Keith) of Atlanta and son, Norman Cooper Frost, Jr. (Shari) of Long Boat Key, Fla., six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister, Sarah Frost Stamps of Nashville.
  • Nancy Junius Griswold '42

    Nashville - GRISWOLD, Nancy Junius. Age 93. Passed away after a brief illness. Born in Nashville, TN to the late Arthur R. Junius and Corinne Green Junius. She is preceded in death by her husband, Nelson L. "Nero" Griswold, Jr. She is survived by her sons, Nelson L. Griswold III (Elizabeth) and John J. Griswold (Judy) all of Nashville; and her grandchildren, Margaret C. "Maggie" Griswold of Los Angeles and Nelson L. "Bo" Griswold IV of Knoxville. Raised in Chicago, IL until she was 15, her family moved back to Nashville where she graduated from Peabody Demonstration School (now University School of Nashville) and attended Middle Tennessee State University. She worked briefly for the State of Tennessee before taking a job with the old Tennessee Title Company downtown. After leaving the business world to spend time with her children as a homemaker, she later returned to work at Immanuel Baptist Church, where she was a long-time member. Extremely active until her death, she still drove and she continued to work one day a week running the front desk at her dear friend Pam Hall's hair salon. Before her final illness, she had just returned from a trip to Chicago to see her beloved Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field. She was a devoted member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and Daughters of the Confederacy and served several terms as Regent of the Cumberland Chapter, DAR as well as State Regent of the Tennessee Society Children of the American Revolution.
  • Jack Bridges '44

    Ditzler Braden “Jack” Bridges ’44 of Sunnyvale died May 24, 2018, after suffering a heart attack two days earlier.  With his family at his side, Jack passed peacefully while listening to Duke Ellington’s Take the A Train. He was born to Wiley Allen and Selma Mae Bridges on June 7, 1926 in Cornersville, Tennessee. The family moved to Nashville, where Jack and his brothers attended and graduated from Peabody Demonstration High School.

    Jack Bridges was a Rocket Scientist! He became an electrical engineer, a competitive bridge player, and a deeply loved Father of four children. He loved big band jazz, and in the 1940s while training in the Navy, he used to sneak out through the window to be a part of Chicago’s live jazz scene.  The problem was that sneaking back in, after partaking of the night life, meant jumping from the window into the dark basement.

    After two years in the Navy as an Electronics Technician’s Mate, the WWII ended, and Jack used the G.I. bill at Northwestern Tech in Illinois, completing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He pursued graduate studies in computer applications at MIT. Later, he moved to California to start a graduate program in numerical analysis and computer design at UC Berkeley. Those were some of the earliest days of computer engineering and degree programs in these disciplines. It was there that he met and married Janet Strobel, who was also studying at UC Berkeley.
    Jack’s early career included five years as a research and development Engineer in electromagnetics at Battelle Memorial Institute.  In 1956 he and his new wife Janet moved to Florida where Jack worked for RCA, then a major subcontractor of NASA. In 1960, the family moved to California where Jack worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company.  He retired from Lockheed with his last project being SDI the Strategic Defense Initiative Aka Star Wars during the Regan era.

    Jack loved games, of any kind, especially bridge and cribbage.  He was also athletic and played tennis and later table tennis. He was a competitive tennis player, and taught one of his daughters, who was on the high school tennis team, some of his tricks:  move less, win more! He loved to play bridge and listen to jazz music. And most of all, he loved family gatherings, like the fun times at his house in Sunnyvale, playing croquet in the back yard, or playing Clue in the living room.
    Jack is survived by four children: Jeri Edwards of San Jose, Vera Marie Bridges, of Chico, Ca, Bonnie Bridges, of San Francisco, and John Bridges, of Los Gatos.  He is also survived by four grandchildren Dylan, Isadora, Nina, and Sarah, nephews Dan and Jim, and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
  • Hunter Baird Short '45

    Hunter Baird Short ‘45
    Nashville - Hunter Baird Short, age 90, passed away on April 19, 2018. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky on June 9, 1927 to Bishop Roy Hunter Short and Louise Baird Short. In addition to his parents, Hunter is preceded in death by his brother, Murray Short, and his son-in-law, Bob Whitaker. Hunter grew up in Methodist parsonages throughout Kentucky until the Shorts moved to Nashville in 1944. He graduated from Peabody Demonstration School and immediately enlisted in the Navy. He then attended University of Mississippi in their ROTC program. The war ended shortly thereafter, and Hunter transferred to Vanderbilt University where he completed his undergraduate degree and subsequently his JD degree from Vanderbilt Law School. Hunter practiced law in Nashville for over 45 years. With his keen grasp of the law and his practical approach to life, Hunter gave wise counsel to clients, family and friends. Hunter loved the beaches of South Florida, and in 2005 he retired and moved his home to Ft. Lauderdale where he spent the remainder of his years. Hunter will be remembered for his quiet strength and good sense of humor. Hunter is survived by his brother, Riley Short (Patty); his daughters, Nancy Phipps (Skipper), Helen Smith (Chip) and Louise Whitaker; seven grandchildren; and four nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his dear friends and later devoted caregivers, Danny Brown and Dominic LaCroix. The family extends appreciation to Moe (Moraine) Bacchus for the wonderful care she gave Hunter over the past few years.
  • Harriet King Vivion ‘46

    Nashville - Dr. Harriet King Vivion, a long time Nashville native, died Saturday, June 2nd, of natural causes. She was 89.

    Born in Austin, TX, Harriet graduated from the Peabody Demonstration School and then attended Vanderbilt University, where she received her Undergraduate Degree. She subsequently earned her Masters Degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Later in life, Harriet went back to school to get her PhD in Education at Vanderbilt. She loved teaching special education at Granbery Elementary for many years, turning down opportunities to go to work in the Metro Davidson County School administration.

    In addition to a lifetime love of learning, Harriet loved people, from all walks of life. She especially loved her family and was devoted to her 3 children, Jody Bricker, Elizabeth Smathers, and Amy Chubbs, her 5 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph King Vivion and Harriet Winton Vivion and her sisters Cornelia Vivion Erkert, and Mary Elizabeth Kelly. She also loved knitting, reading, geneology, studying Methodism, and sharing God's love with everyone she came in contact with.
  • Ben Wade '61

    WADE, III, Benjamin C. Ben Wade of Roswell, GA passed away peacefully on December 21st after an illness. He will be remembered always as a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and above all, a good man. Ben was born in Erie, Pennsylvania on October 10th, 1943. He was a graduate of Vanderbilt University and obtained his MBA from Georgia State University. A skilled businessman, he worked at the Federal Reserve for more than 20 years and went on to build a successful and fulfilling career in the private sector. Ben enjoyed life fully and spent it traveling, participating in the beauty of nature and the vigor of the outdoors, riding his motorcycle and enriching his ever-inquiring mind. He was also a long-standing member of Roswell Presbyterian Church. Ben is survived by his wife Holly, his sons Brian (Beth) and Peter (Alexandra) from a previous marriage, his siblings Jean and David, and his loving grandchildren.
    Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Dec. 23 to Dec. 24, 2017
  • Jack Gayden '62

    Dr. John Overton Gayden Memphis, TN

    Dr. John Overton Gayden, husband, father, grandfather, mentor and friend to many, died on October 5, 2018 at the age of 74 after a long struggle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. 

    Known as "Jack" to everyone who loved him, meaning nearly everyone who met him, he was born in Maxwell Field, Alabama on March 16, 1944, the fourth of five children born to Anne Dickinson and Hamilton Virgil Gayden.

    He grew up in Nashville, riding horses at Travelers Rest and playing at the Governor's Mansion with a young Bob Clement. He spent many summers at Camp Hy-Lake with his brothers, where at a young age he was taught to appreciate and be a good steward to God's creation, a passion that stayed with him for the rest of his life. 

    He graduated from Peabody Demonstration School in 1962. A star basketball player and member of that school's "1,000 Point Club," Jack would go on to play basketball for the University of Mississippi, where he majored in Biology and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

    In 1964, he married, Dixie Douglas, of Nashville, TN, and after graduating college, he worked for her father's company, Dixie Wire, from 1966-1968.

    He attended medical school at the University of Tennessee from 1968-1971, with an internship at the University of Tennessee and Baptist Memorial Hospital from 71-72 and a residency at the University of Tennessee from 72-75. 

    From 1975-1977, he served as a Major in the medical unit at Ireland Army Health Clinic in Fort Knox, Kentucky, then returned to Memphis to join the medical practice, Maury, Adkins, Graves, and Sanford, until 1985 when he and Dr. Henry Leigh Adkins - with help of Robert Burns and ten loyal employees - started Memphis Obstetrics and Gynecological Association, PC. Under his direction, the small practice expanded to include four locations, twenty-seven providers, and established offices near every labor and delivery unit in the East, North/Bartlett, Germantown, and Southaven markets. It is now the largest private provider of women's healthcare in the Mid-South. 

    In 1982, he married Dr. Evelyn "Lynn" Wilkerson, of Memphis, TN. They remained together for thirty-six years. 

    Throughout his life, his passion for the outdoors only grew. An avid hunter and conservationist, he spent many early mornings at Five Lakes Hunting Club. He was a life member of Ducks Unlimited and Shikar Safari Club and even helped publish an outdoors magazine, "Waterfowler's World." 

    For years, he served as a board member on the Tennessee Wildlife Federation and was voted Chairman in 2013, changing the nature of the position from a largely ceremonial role to one that propelled the organization forward, both in reputation and in capacity to affect change. His leadership facilitated the Federation reclaiming its title as the leading conservation organization in Tennessee. 

    Living life for others is what drove "Doc" to become a physician. He loved and practiced medicine until health issues forced his retirement. Thousands of babies were brought into the world by his hands, a world made better by him being in it. 

    He joined the Sunrise Prayer Group in recent years, and it brought him closer to God. In his retirement letter to his patients, he summed up his outlook succinctly: "Life is a gift, and what you do with it is what you give back and ask for nothing in return."

    We would like to thank the family of the organ donor, whose loss gave "Doc" six more years of life while asking for nothing in return. We will always cherish those years. 

    His brother, William "Dick" Gayden, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Lynn; his four sons, John Overton Jr., Richard Douglas (Rebecca), Henry Dickinson (Catherine), and Walker Bolton Gayden; his two granddaughters, Timberlynn and Dixie Gayden; and his four remaining siblings, Judge Hamilton "Kip" Gayden, MacGavock "Mac" Gayden, Joseph "Joe" Gayden, and Ida Ezell.

  • Cherrie Ann Forte Farnette ‘63

    Nashville - Born October 9, 1945, Cherrie Farnette grew up in Nashville, attended Peabody Demonstration School and Peabody College. She completed postgraduate work at Vanderbilt University, the University of Texas and Wayne State University. A lifelong educator, Cherrie taught in independent and public schools in Michigan, Texas and Tennessee. In 1985, she joined the faculty of University School of Nashville, where she taught second grade. In 1991, she moved to Westminster School of Nashville, now Currey-Ingram Academy, where she remained until her retirement in 2008. While at Currey-Ingram, she created the Family and Community Outreach Program and was later honored to have the Cherrie Farnette Resource Library and the Cherrie Farnette Lunch and Learn educational programs named for her. Throughout her career, she presented parent and teacher workshops at local, state and national conferences, participated in educational research projects and authored articles and teacher methodology books. She was an advocate for students and families alike and served on several school and educational organization boards, including Currey-Ingram Academy, Oak Hill School, University School of Nashville's alumni board, the Tennessee Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association, Tennessee Council for Learning Disabilities, the S.O.A.R. LD/ADHD Camp and Academy, High Hopes, and the Reynolds Center TLC. Her honors include being named Outstanding Teacher of the Year by both the Detroit Free Press and the National Council for Learning Disabilities; the Eskind Philanthropic Award at Currey-Ingram Academy and the Massey-Sexton Advocacy Award by the Tennessee Chapter of the International Dyslexia Association. A member of Westminster Presbyterian Church since her return to Nashville, Cherrie was a member of the Westminster Choir, taught Sunday school, chaired several committees, enjoyed Bible studies and international travel and just this spring completed service as a ruling elder on the Session. She adored her family and many friends and will be remembered as a devoted mother and grandmother, deeply spiritual, selfless to a fault, and able to see and encourage the potential of everyone she met. Cherrie was proceeded in death by her parents, Imogene and Henry Forte. She is survived by her children, Jennifer (Giles) Caver and Michael (Panya) Farnette; grandchildren, William, Henry, and Sarah Jean Caver; aunt, Eddie Rose Bartley, and cousin, Phil (Sharon) Bartley, of Tompkinsville, Kentucky; aunt, Theresa Embry; uncles, Bernard, Emmett (Peggy) and Don (Ida) Forte.
  • Craige DeMoss, Jr. '64

    H. Craige DeMoss, Jr. ’64 age 69 of Spring Hill, TN passed away on Monday, December 8, 2014.
    He was born in Nashville, TN and attended Montgomery Bell Academy. He graduated from The University of Mississippi in 1968 with a degree in Education and entered the Air Force as a commissioned officer. He proudly served in the Vietnam War during 1971-72 and was honorably discharged in 1973. While in the service, he obtained a degree in Restaurant/Club Management with a focus in culinary arts from LaSalle University.

    Returning home from the service, his career varied from farming to retail management to construction to head chef of a restaurant. During 2004 he was the President of the Episcopal Churchmen of Tennessee. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Dubose Conference Center in Monteagle, TN from 2005-08. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Spring Hill, TN, and served on the Mission Council.
    He loved to cook and was also an avid hunter. Over the past four years, Craige owned and operated a successful canning business, Neighbors by Choice, selling his goods at the Thompsons Station Farmer’s Market. His customers knew him as the “Pickle” or “Salsa” Man.
    Proceeded in death by his parents, H. Craige DeMoss, Sr. and Agnes Kerr DeMoss of Nashville, TN. He is survived by his wife Mimi DeMoss of Spring Hill, TN, his two sons, Toby DeMoss (Lucinda Kerley) of Colorado and Brian DeMoss (Lisa) of Franklin, TN. Also he is survived by his brother Tom DeMoss (Paula) of South Carolina, and sister Priscilla DeMoss. He has two grandsons, Taylor Coyne and Beckett DeMoss.
  • Dean Birmingham '69

    Captain James "Dean" Birmingham ‘69, 66, passed away on March 20, 2018 after a long illness. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, Dean was always proud of his Southern roots and never lost his charming Southern drawl. He attended Peabody Demonstration School, Union University, and Vanderbilt College. Also known as Captain Dean and Fireball, Dean was a born aviator with a natural talent to fly, happiest in an airplane or airport. With his 35 years of experience, he was always willing to pass on his aviation knowledge to anyone that had a true desire to fly. In his early career, Dean managed the local airports in Humboldt and Jackson, TN and founded the Memphis Connection, which later became Southeast Airlines. He was proudest of Island Air Charters, which he owned and operated in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, safely flying throughout the Bahamas from 1986 to 2007. He also flew for Eastern Airlines, Laker Airways, Planet Airways, and AmeriJet. In addition to the Bahamas, his flying adventures took him to Romania, Russia, Morocco, Thailand, and Cuba – just to name a few exotic destinations. Dean is truly soaring through the clouds; may the wind be at your tail and the skies tranquil on your eternal journey. Cleared for departure, Captain, you will be missed. Dean is predeceased by his parents, Dr. Russell and Lynn Birmingham, and his brothers, Russell Jr. and Scott. He is survived by his beloved wife, Karen, his partner for over 31 years. Proud father of Patrick (Catherine) Birmingham of Franklin, TN and Danielle (Daniel) Mason of Nolansville, TN, brother of Dr. Fred Birmingham of Slidell, LA, and grandfather of Madeline and Jack Mason, and Blake Birmingham. He is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
  • Peggy Ann Parker Ball Cason ‘72

    Nashville - Peggy Ann Parker Ball Cason passed away on July 30, 2018, at the age of 64. Peggy is survived by her daughter, Leah Ball Steen; sons, Taylor (T'Anna) and Parker (Chelsey) Cason; granddaughters, Piper and Romy Steen and Luanna Cason and brother Ben Parker. She is preceded in death by her beloved parents, John T. Parker and Dorothy Ham Parker.

    Peggy was an avid scuba diver and all-around adventurer who loved to travel and be near the sea. She loved to be in her garden at Forge Seat, surrounded by her dogs, cats, goats, sheep and horses. She was a champion of the underdog and wanted to rescue everyone and everything. She was a natural caretaker and always put others' needs ahead of her own. In spite of her obvious beauty, it was her wry humor, quick wit and charm that people remembered first about her.

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