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Dr. Eric Naylor

Union City native Dr. Eric Woodfin Naylor, 82, of Sewanee, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2019, at his home.
A burial liturgy and Holy Eucharist will be held 10 a.m. Thursday in All Saints’ Chapel on the campus of The University of the South at Sewanee. It will be followed by a committal at the University Cemetery and then a reception in Convocation Hall.
There will be a separate memorial service and reception to celebrate his life and legacy for alumni and friends at 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at St Luke’s Chapel followed by a reception at Convocation Hall.
Naylor was born Dec. 6, 1936, in Union City, son of the late Woodfin and Gertrude Naylor.
A graduate of Union City High School, he earned his bachelor’s degree at Sewanee in 1958 and a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin.
He began serving as a professor at Sewanee in 1962, becoming Keenan Professor of Spanish professor emeritus in 2004.
During his time at Sewanee, Dr. Naylor was a member and longtime faculty advisor of the Chi Psi fraternity, Red Ribbon society, Board of Trustees and Founders’ Circle (YSR Club). He was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa and was a Fulbright Scholar.
He has served as the Reunion Giving Chair for his class and as a member of the Alumni Greek Council. In 2005, he received the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Associated Alumni.
He was also a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Union City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be given to the University of the South scholarship program.
Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Winchester is in charge of arrangements.

Published 9.18.19


  1. Jamie counsell Sevierville Tn on September 28, 2019 at 8:57 am

    I was sorry to hear about Eric passing he is my cousin he was a very smart person and liked by everyone we went to school together in union city.

  2. Richard counsell on October 3, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Eric was a very intelligent person. He was my cousin and he was always a happy person! He is now with his Lord!

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