Billy Terrell

Billy Howard Terrell

Sunday, October 21st, 1934 - Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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Billy Howard Terrell, age 84, of Clarksville died Sunday, October 20, 2019. Celebration of life will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Richard Wesley officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 from 4 to 6 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service at the funeral home.
Billy entered this life on October 21, 1934, in Clarksville, TN to the late Ocie Calvin and Ursula Tucker Terrell. He retired as the Engineering Manager from Lucent Technologies, Inc. He was a member of St. Bethlehem United Methodist Church and a U.S. Navy Veteran.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his siblings, Lela Terrell Paczkowski, O.C. Terrell, Jr., Pansie Farmer, Bobby Lee Terrell, Sr., and Betty Jean Terrell.
Survivors include his loving wife, Vernon Barbara Terhune Terrell; sons, Billy Howard Terrell, Jr., Vernon Beattie Terrell; daughter, Melissa Anne (Kyle) Zimmerman; sister, Peggy Terrell Baggett, and grandchildren, Jonathan, Kathryn, Ashley, Brandon, and Edmund.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Bethlehem United Methodist Church 2201 Old Russellville Pike, Clarksville, TN 37040 or American Cancer Society.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home
    1209 Madison St.
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  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home
    1209 Madison St.
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  • Service

    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, October 26th, 2019 11:00am
    McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home
    1209 Madison St.
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  • Interment

    Greenwood Cemetery
    Greenwood Ave.
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Posted at 02:55pm
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Mike Northington IV

Posted at 01:31pm
I've been blessed to get to know Mr. Billy over the last 12 years. Jeannie and I enjoyed running into the Terrell's at Cracker Barrel on the weekends. He always had something funny to say. I'm really going to miss him. Blessings to all the family.

Mike Northington, IV
Z Posted at 12:57pm

This is such a perfect memory - Daddy loved telling me how the Cracker Barrel staff knew what they would want as regulars!

George H Dunlap

Posted at 12:20pm
I worked for Billy for a number of years in Engineering, I have a number of fond memories of Billy. I remember the Corvair car, he drove for years, until he could not get parts to keep it running. At work, he always wore white shirts with cuff links, If we worked on Saturdays, the dress was casual. Billy would wear a white shirt, but no tie or cuff links, This was his idea of casual.

Billy was a really good manager and mentor. He was strict about what he expected from his department, but was always fair. He was as hard working an Engineer and Manager, that I knew. After I left his department, he became a good friend. He was always available for advice and direction. I, personally, will definitely miss him. Rest in Peace!
Z Posted at 12:55pm

I love this - my daddy wore the same “casual” outfit working around the house! 😂 Thank you for sharing these memories. Don’t forget his boots too - I always thought maybe he was copying Star Trek with those - I grew up watching all the Star Treks with my family, old and newer ones. I thought he was my own Captain Picard!

Melissa Zimmerman

Posted at 10:06am
One of my favorite memories of my dad was putting up with his "little girl" (he still called me that last year - ha!) and all her many crushes and heartbreaks... I must have been 10 or 11, I think 11 - I was in love with a little boy at school named Jeffery Anthony Anatello. Daddy take me out - just me and him - to lunch. I think it was either Steak and Shake or Arby's (I was a cheap date!). He listened to me go on and on about that boy and just smiled and nodded. It must have really cracked him up. He always believed I could get through anything - even being a wild, punk rock teenager. He expected me to get through it and I did. He never gave up trying to explain math even when I got mad at him. He laughed whenever I asked advice and said are you sure you want it? He loved me and I loved him. He worried over my husband Kyle and I being foster parents and then Brandon melted his heart, even before he was officially a Zimmerman. He was there for the ceremony at the Rutherford County Courthouse. He loved Brandon so much - I think Brandon always cracked him up. He would just give Brandon piles of change to go through and sort out the old one and was the major kick start to Brandon's coin collection. And then there was Edmund. I am grateful to God that my dad got to meet his second grandson and saw him at least a few times (and heard him in the background of my calls to Mom weekly!). I hope a little piece of my dad made it into our little Edmund - aka Eddie. I think it did. Eddie always rubs over my fingernails just like Daddy. That's it for now from me. I miss my Daddy. I'll miss calling him and him saying - your mom's phone must not be charged... should I find her for you? I'll miss his advice even when it made me mad. I'll miss him saying "Little Girl...". Thank you to all of you who are there now for us and especially for my Mom. Love you all.
T Posted at 01:24pm

Your dad and mom are wonderful people I'm glad I got to meet them both he always brought his shirt to be cleaned thank you and your brothers for sharing them with me Tammy

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