Obituaries 8-21-14

DiehlDiehl, Jr., W. Joe, 84 , of Nashville, died on Friday, August 15.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Fawn Wilkerson Diehl, and his parents, Walter Joseph Diehl Sr. and Hazelle Slayden Diehl.

Diehl is survived by his children, Walter Joseph Diehl III (Susie) of Starkville, Miss., Wesley Wilkerson Diehl (Cindy) of Kingwood, Texas, and Nancy Hart Harvey (Robb) of Nashville; grandchildren, Ryan Diehl and Bradley Diehl (Brooke), Kingwood, Texas and Benton Harvey, Knoxville; and his sister and brother, Ann Diehl McInnis (Miles) and Slayden Diehl (Carol), both of Dallas, Texas. Diehl’s children wish to thank Ellen Dillon for her love, sharing of joy and support of their father.

After graduating in 1951 from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (later Auburn University), and obtaining a master’s degree from Rutgers University, Diehl continued his career in banking at Third National Bank and retired as Executive Vice President from SunTrust. Diehl was a proud veteran, serving in the Korean War where he was awarded the Silver Star for heroism under fire. He was a long-time volunteer with Boy Scouts of America, serving Troop 31, as well as the Middle Tennessee Council, which honored him with the Silver Beaver Award. Diehl was a Board member of many other community organizations, including Bill Wilkerson Hearing and Speech Center, Owl’s Hill Nature Sanctuary, Ensworth School, Cheekwood, and was a member of Downtown Rotary Club. He was a long-time member and elder of First Presbyterian Church.

Visitation was to be held from 1 until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, August 19, at Cheek House, First Presbyterian Church. A Memorial service at First Presbyterian was to follow at 3 p.m.

Honorary Pallbearers are former officers of Third National Bank and members of Chef’s Club. Diehl’s family thanks Linda Hill and the caring staff at Woodcrest and Blakeford.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Owl’s Hill, Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center, Middle Tennessee Council/Boy Scouts of America, First Presbyterian Church/Nashville, or a charity of choice.

LewisLewis, Jr., Richard C., 72, of Nashville, died on Wednesday, August 13.

Lewis was born to the late Richard Clarence Lewis and to Ira Carolyn Bickers, July 13, 1942, in Memphis. Lewis received a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and Biology from the University of Memphis in 1965, where he received a Secondary Education Teacher’s Certificate in Biology. In addition, he attended the University of Memphis Graduate School in Education and the YMCA Law School in Nashville, and completed appraisal courses with the American Institute. He married his loving wife Sherry in 1989 and they spent 25 wonderful years together as husband and wife.

Always one to live life to the fullest, Lewis could usually be found passing his time at the country club, playing a round of golf and enjoying lively conversation with his many friends. Lewis also greatly enjoyed traveling with Sherry making their way around the globe from Africa to the Caribbean and everywhere in between. Lewis was known for his love of the outdoors. One of his greatest passions was dove and quail hunting, second only to golf, which he enjoyed for many years.

Lewis enjoyed a long and successful professional career, encompassing many different paths. Richard worked his way through employment as Director of Tennessee Real Property, and the Department of Finance and Administration, before spending two years as the Principle Broker for John W. Galbreath and Co. Following that venture, Lewis enjoyed three years as Assistant Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Revenue, and Executive Assistant to the Governor for Policy and Planning and Director of Governor’s State Planning Office.

Lewis also acted as a board member of the Nashville Sports Authority Board. His most profitable venture was his development of Federal Express distribution centers all across the country.

Lewis was exceedingly active in his pursuits, among them being his membership and previous memberships of the Tennessee International Trade and Export Development Board, the National Association of Real Estate and his beloved memberships at the Richland Country Club and the Nashville Gun Club.

Lewis is survived by his loving wife, Sherry Lindahl Lewis of Brentwood. He is also survived by his mother, Ira Carolyn Bickers of Memphis; his two children, John Lewis (Rebecca) of Cedar Hill, and Tanya Lewis of Sedona; his sister, Linda Jones (Ken) of Memphis; his grandchildren, Madison Lewis (Madison) of Boone, and Alexander Lewis and Nathaniel Lewis of Cedar Hill.

The family would like to thank his kind and diligent caregivers, Helen Hendrick and Elaine Sandson, as well as acknowledge the many others at Woodcrest at Blakeford Nursing Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nashville Humane Society. Donations can be made at

A Memorial Gala will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27 at Richland Country Club at 1 Club Dr. During this celebration, guests will be encouraged to share their stories and memories of Lewis to commemorate how he has so deeply and profoundly touched the lives of so many.


UnderwoodUnderwood, David E., 62, of Hermitage, died on Saturday, August 16.

Born July 22, 1952, Underwood is survived by mother, Carol Underwood; brother, Jim (Donna) Underwood; sister, Jan (Barry) Barton; daughter, Shannon (Eric) Barrett; son, Jason (Tiffany) Underwood; five grandchildren: Cassidy, Corinna, Ryan, Elishah, Callie, and a puppy, Toby.

He was a member of the Baptist Church and a graduate of Donelson High School.  Underwood worked in the field of shoe warehousing for 41 years. He also worked for the Tennessean for over 20 years. He coached many children and young adults in baseball and softball.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20 at Mount Olivet Funeral Home and  from 9 until 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 21, followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m.