Barrett, George Edward, 86, of Nashville, died on Tuesday, August 26. Barrett, “The Citizen,” was born on October 19, 1927, and grew up in East Nashville. He was a devout Catholic and attended Catholic schools all his life, including both Holy Name and Father Ryan High School in Nashville, Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., Catholic Workers College in Oxford, England, and finally that bastion of Protestantism, Vanderbilt University School of Law.
After graduating Father Ryan High School in 1945, Barrett enlisted in the Coast Guard for World War II at the age of seventeen. He served three years in the coastguard, was honorably discharged, and enrolled in Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala. on the GI Bill. He served as president of the student body and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Spring Hill College was where Barrett learned his lifelong love and value for education. From Spring Hill, he journeyed across the pond to Oxford, England, where he completed his diploma in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Following his time at Oxford, he backpacked across post-war Europe, instilling a lifelong love of travel. In 1954, Barrett was accepted to study law at Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of the famed class of 1957.
In 1957, he married Mary Eloise McBride of Lewisburg. They had three daughters: Lucy, Mary and Katie. Barrett considered his daughters his greatest treasures, no small thing in a life of notable accomplishments. He delighted in his eleven grandchildren and considered them the reward for not killing his daughters.
Much has been written of Barrett’s professional accomplishments. He had a heart and love for a good fight for the workingman and the underdog. He championed many unpopular causes because he knew they were just causes. His career spanned more than fifty years in Nashville and was colorful, contentious and always engaged. He loved it, and that was apparent.
Barrett’s work ethic was legendary, and he worked six days a week until his death. He started working at age twelve with a paper route to help his widowed mother and sisters, and he never stopped. He waited tables in college and painted the inside of the NES building to put himself through law school.
In the end, Barrett’s greatest joy was his family and friends. He delighted in traveling with his children and succeeded in sharing the joy of Ireland with all of his grandchildren. A more loyal and generous father, grandfather, uncle and friend was not to be had.
He left us the way he lived–fighting the good fight until the end. He was beloved by his family and will be greatly missed. He is survived by his three daughters, Lucy (Rob) Thomason, Mary (Mark) Brewer, Katie (Joe) Cain; eleven grandchildren, Ben, Sam and Annie Thomason, Matthew, Sarah Kate, and Elizabeth (Miss E.) Brewer, Caitlin, Emily, Ashley, Megan, and Joseph Cain; a sister, Sister Mary George Barrett, O.P.; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation was from 4 until 7 p.m. on Friday August 29 at the Fleming Center, Cathedral of the Incarnation, 2015 West End Avenue, Nashville.
Funeral Mass was at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 30 in Cathedral of the Incarnation.
Wake was to immediately follow the Funeral until 4:30 p.m. at the home of Mark and Mary Brewer, 3438 Hampton Avenue, Nashville.
Pallbearers were his three sons-in-law and his four grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to The George E. Barrett Endowed Scholarship, Spring Hill College, 4000 Dauphin Street, Mobile, AL 36608.
Hailey, Sister Mary Rosanne, 91, of Nashville’s Mercy Convent, died on Thursday, August 28. Sister (Phyllis Marie) was born on May 07, 1923, in Nashville, the daughter of John Thomas and Rose Lehman Hailey. Sister entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1944 and was a Sister for 70 years. She received her professional education at the Anthenaeum in Cincinnati, Ohio, and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Our Lady of Cincinnati College. She ministered in schools throughout the diocese of Tennessee including Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville. Sister was a primary teacher for thirty five years and had a special love for children. After retiring Sister tutored children in her home. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, visiting with her family at the beach, and listening to Eddy Arnold. Sister doted on her ten siblings and their families. She had a special devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and spent many hours in prayer. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters, Mary M. Hailey, Rose Reale, Frances Lawrence, Ann Curran, her brothers John T. Hailey, Jr., Joseph Hailey, Robert Hailey. She is survived by her sister Sister Elizabeth (Betty) Hailey, her brothers Lehman Hailey and James Hailey,(Mary Ann) and many devoted nieces and nephews. Visitation was to take place 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3 at Mercy Convent, 2629 Pennington Bend Road. The funeral mass was to take place at 1 p.m. The burial was to be at Calvary Cemetery.
Waldron, Gilbert, 92, of Nashville, died on Friday, August 29. Waldron was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II. Additionally, he was a Member of Bethesda Masonic Lodge #201 and an Al Menah Shriner. He was preceded in death by parents, William E. and Beatrice Rader Waldron; and his wife, Lillie Jean Tomlin Waldron. He is survived by his son, John (Kelly) Waldron; daughters, Darlene Hilliker (Martin) Pendleton, Pam Hilliker Capps, Mitzie (Curtis) Wheeler and Linda (Sandy) Bugg; brother, James (Bobbie) Waldron; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services were to be conducted at noon on Monday, September 1 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with David Royalty and Dave Broome officiating. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 1354 Brick Church Pike, Nashville, TN.