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Thomas Garrett Spann

June 18, 1938 – January 13, 2024


Thursday, January 25, 2024

Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.

Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Held at

Bradyville Rd Church of Christ

1265 Bradyville Pike

Murfreesboro, Tennessee



Johnson Road Cemetery

Christiana, Tennessee

Thomas Garrett Spann, born on June 18, 1938, entered eternal rest on January 13, 2024, at the age of 85. He was born to the late Eugene Hill, Sr. and Ora Pearl Spann and he was educated in the Rutherford County school system in TN.

Thomas was a man of diverse experiences and a dedicated worker. His work history included positions at Werthen Bag, State of TN, where he retired, Tennessee Car Auction, and Rucker Memorial Chapel. Beyond his professional life, Thomas served as an Associate Minister at Bradyville Road Church of Christ, leaving a lasting impact on his community.

In his personal life, Thomas was known for his impeccable fashion sense, always dressing in stylish suits, and he took pride in maintaining a clean and well-kept car. He faced the challenges of life with resilience and grace.

Thomas was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Freeman, and several family members, including sisters Nannie Wallace, Mary Patterson, and Martha Turner, as well as brother Gene Hill and his wife Callie B. Hill, and stepdaughter Phyllis Webb McDonald.

He leaves behind a legacy of love and fond memories cherished by his family. Thomas is survived by his brother, J.D. (Annie) Spann; stepson, Thomas Freeman; devoted niece, Janet Spann Wetter; and nephews, the late David Wetter, Darnell (Anita) Spann, Jerry (Raystenia) Wallace, Raymond (Doris) Wallace, and Clarence Wallace. Among the many nieces and nephews are Dr. DeVolla (Reggie) Moorman, Luease Ransom, Hessie Wallace, Thida Hill, Virginia (Jimmy) Tyson, Gladys (Ted) Gardner, and Great-niece Regina Turner; oldest living relative at the age of 94, Charlie Spann. He also leaves behind special neighbors Michael and Gayzola Tillage, friend Ramond Rhea; and a dear caregiver and friend, Donna Dixon.

Thomas’s special memories include the joy he shared with Triston, Trinitee Moorman, Jameson, and Jordan Spann. He will be remembered for his generosity, as “Whenever Uncle Thomas saw us, he always gave us a dollar.” His favorite quote, “Honkey Dory,” reflected his positive outlook on life. Thomas leaves us with timeless wisdom: “Every year carries its number,” and a simple declaration, “I Love you, and there is nothing you can do about it.” As he bids farewell, he leaves us with a playful “See you later Foxy Brown.” – quotes from niece, Janet.

May Thomas Garrett Spann rest in peace, and may his loved ones find comfort in the enduring memories of a life well-lived.

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