Obituaries 8-14-14

RaefskyRaefsky, M.D., Eric Lee, 59, of Hermitage, died on Tuesday, August 5. Dr. Raefsky was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to the late Leonard and Eleanor Potash Raefsky.

Dr. Raefsky was a man of many accomplishments, but none greater than his life of service, compassion and love of others.

Dr. Raefsky graduated from M.I.T., where he was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, and went on to graduate first in his class at Temple University School of Medicine. He performed his internship and a fellowship at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, followed by a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Raefsky was board certified in Hematology and Medical Oncology and was a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Lymphoma Society. He was a physician at Tennessee Oncology, PLLC for 25 years, serving on the Board of Directors, and most recently, as Medical Director. Among his many honors are the Frist Humanitarian Award and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Man of the Year.

Dr. Raefsky gave generously of his time and expertise to many organizations in Nashville and beyond. This incredible soul touched countless people throughout his support for the arts, animal rescue and young people in their pursuit of higher education. Dr. Raefsky loved world travel, dogs, the Phillies, Predators Hockey and the Grateful Dead.

Our hearts are broken, but we have so much to celebrate – all of us whose lives were saved by his medical skill and changed by his love. So long and farewell, sweet friend of ours, until we meet again.

Dr. Raefsky was married for 31 years to his best friend and lifelong love, Victoria “Tori” Heil. He is also survived by his sister, Cindy (Howard) Estrin; nephews, Matthew and Scott Estrin; the beloved Raefsky/Yates family; his much-loved “daughter,” Stacy (James) Maciuk; “grandchildren,” Savannah and Mia Maciuk; the entire Heil family; his many four-legged furry friends, the Big Chill Gang and the BFDDs.

A Memorial service will be conducted at noon on Saturday, August 16 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, One Symphony Place.

The family requests no flowers please. To honor Dr.Raefsky’s life, please consider a donation to Alive Hospice, Gilda’s Club, Proverbs 12:10 Animal Rescue, Pearl Point Cancer Support (Sarah Cannon Cancer Foundation), The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (Heil-Raefsky Fund) or Belmont University (the Raefsky/Heil) Scholarship Fund.


Corkran, Coleta Elizabeth, 87, of Nashville, died on Saturday, August 9.

Corkran is preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Simmington Corkran Jr.

She is survived by daughters, Constance Marie Pitts and Cathy Ann Armstrong, sons John Steven and Samuel Thomas Corkran, and her grandchildren: Nathan, Matthew and Tiffany.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13 in The Cathedral of The Incarnation. The interment is to follow in National Cemetery.

Visitation with the family will be held from 4 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 12 at Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Woodbury Nursing Center, 119 West High St., Woodbury, TN, 37190,Attn. Helen Davenport.

JacowayJacoway, Mary Jo “Jodie,” 84, of Nashville, died on Friday, August 8.

With her warm smile, Jacoway was described as wonderfully kind, loving, giving, stylish, independent, and determined. She was a constant source of strength and encouragement for her children and their families. She was a member of The Hillsboro Presbyterian Church and participated in Community Bible Study for several years. Jacoway was an avid reader and sports enthusiast; and in years past, played tennis and bridge regularly.

Throughout the years, her pets were sources of joy and comfort.

She was born in Nashville on September 28, 1929, the daughter of Joseph Stone and Ruth Daisy Harvey Stone.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 32 years, Boyd G. Jacoway.

She is survived by her children: Candice Johnson of Chicago, Karen Furlong (George) of Nashville, Ray Johnson of Knoxville, and Teresa Reid (Alan) of Prattville, Ala.; two step-children: Anne Jacoway Abney (Bill) of Marshall, Texas and Boyd Jacoway Jr. (Mindy) of Nashville; grandchildren: Woodrow Speed (Emily), Benjamin Speed (Samantha), Kathryn Reid, Sarah Johnson, Hannah Johnson, Will Abney (Mikell), Allen Abney (Hannah), Delaney Jacoway and Erin Furlong; and great-grandchildren: Miles Abney, Peyton Abney, Ben Abney, Jack Abney, Wright Abney, and Kadence Clark; and her siblings: Barbara Morgan, Maria Elliot (Henry), and Michael Stone (Anne); as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation was to be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13 at Woodlawn Roesch-Patton, with the funeral following immediately at 1 p.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the American Diabetes Association, the Bynum School, Midland, Texas or organization of your choice.

Reed, James Louis, 69, of Madison, died on Sunday, August 10.

He was preceded in death by parents, James Donoho Reed and Margaret Cook Reed, and wife, Rosemary Yandle Reed.

He is survived by wife, Rose Mary Dorris Reed; daughter, Michelle Reed (Les) Clendenin; son, Sean (Kelly) Reed; grandchildren, Emily Clendenin, Evan Clendenin, Ella Clendenin, Easton Clendenin, and Alison Reed.

Reed retired from Metro Nashville Public Schools, having taught at Isaac Litton Jr. High, East Jr. and Sr. High, and McGavock High Schools. He also taught with the Sumner County School System.

Following his wishes, a private Memorial service will be held by the family.