Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011 12:20 pm
The Messenger, September 30, 2011
William Robert Nanney, 89, of Woodland Mills died at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City Sept. 29, 2011.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at White-Ranson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jerry Leggett officiating, assisted by George Land. Burial will follow in East View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 4-7 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Berner, Tyler Berner, Thomas Stanford, Wade Carrington, Mark Speed and Lynn Brooks. Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy McCollum, Larry Langford, Larry Gray, Logan Gray, Raymond Morris, Randy Spillers, Ralph Adams, Marvin Koontz, Ricky Boyd, Darrell Dugger, Bill Stephenson and the Rev. Jerry Leggett.
The family requests that memorials be made to the City of Woodland Mills.
He was born Dec. 11, 1921, in Weakley County, son of the late Arthur and Margie (Russ) Nanney. He married the former Bertha Fitzpatrick May 26, 1946. She survives. He was the owner of Nanney’s Body and Hydraulic Equipment Co. in Woodland Mills and was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. A member of Woodland Mills First Baptist Church, he was also a Mason and Knights Templar and had been mayor of Woodland Mills from 1984-1993. During his term of service, the new City Hall was constructed. It contains the Woodland Mills history room and a garage to shelter the city truck. The city park was graded and fenced, a ball field was established, a walking track was installed and lights were put in around the ball field. The kiddy park was also equipped and fenced and tennis courts were built and fenced. In addition, the senior citizens center, located in the civic center, was named in his honor.
He is also survived by his daughter, Janice Orndorff of Manassas, Va.; three grandchildren, Adriana (Bond) Otis of Baltimore, Md., Judd Lee Bond of Woodland Mills and Kurt Lynn Bond of Houma, La.; and his great-granddaughter, Anna Larue Otis of Baltimore.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Edgar Nanney; and his sister, Edna Nanney.