Obituary: Clyde Dorris Lynch, Sr.
Mr. Clyde Dorris Lynch, Sr., aged 84 of College Grove, Tenn. passed away Feb. 21, 2014 at his residence. Mr. Lynch was a longtime farmer and retired county commissioner. Clyde grew up in the Millview community working on a farm with his father. He was athletic and participated in every sport while in high school. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy where he served two years.
Mr. Lynch returned to Franklin and married his high school sweetheart, Louise Gillespie, and they purchased a farm in Cool Springs where they raised cattle, hay, tobacco, grain, and strawberries. Through his hard work, Mr. Lynch became a very successful farmer. He was voted Farmer of the Year and served as President of the Williamson County Farmer’s Co-op.
Mr. Lynch served as a county commissioner for 37 years, and he was Budget Chairman much of that time. On the commission, he was well known for his mathematical skills and ability to recall facts and figures. Clyde was fiscally conservative before it was the popular thing, and through his perseverance, he helped shape the County into what it is today. Clyde served for 20 years on the Williamson Medical Center Board of Directors and helped select the site where it was built.
He was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow from the Franklin Noon Rotary Club. He was selected as Citizen of the Year by Civitan International, recognized as a friend of 4-H, and honored by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Lynch is preceded in death by parents, James F. “Jim” and Ellis King Lynch; twin brother, Claude N. Lynch and sister, Earlstine Mosley.
He is survived by; wife of 64 years, Louise G. Lynch, College Grove, Tenn.; son, Clyde Jr. “Buzz” (Ann) Lynch, Dickson, Tenn.; daughters, Jackie Lynch, Brentwood, Tenn.; and Judy L. (Joey) Herbert, College Grove, Tenn.; brother, Roy Lynch, Eagleville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Stacey L. Martin, Nicki Davis, Hollye Lynch, Luke L. Herbert and Houston Herbert; three great grandchildren; special niece, Lisa Adair and other loving family members.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Homen, Myron Keith and Clint Callicott officiating. Interment Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be John Crutcher, Dan Parsons, Charlie Bennett, Joey Herbert, Luke Herbert, Houston Herbert, Clint Callicott and Rick Berger. Honorary pallbearers will be Mason Schmidt, Lisa Carson, Lisa Adair, Kyle Goins, Alex Goins, Hughston Bennett, David Ayers, Judy Hayes, Clyde Pewitt, Flat Creek Community Card Buddies, and the Bethesda Morning Club.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday and two hours prior to the service at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 615 794-2289. www.williamsonmemorial.com
Posted on: 2/23/2014