Edward "Ted" Hugh Burrell II, 72, ascended into the arms of his Heavenly Father Jan. 7, 2021.
Mr. Burrell was born on Sept. 22, 1948 in Newton, Massachusetts to George Edward and Evelyn Pierce Burrell.
While his passing was sudden and his family, loved ones, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ grieve and mourn him, we also rejoice that he now resides in Heaven in everlasting life with our Lord and Savior.
Ted was preceded in death by his parents; sisters-in-law Eupha Williamson, Anna Gunderman and Sandra Dodd; brother-in-law, Phebus Williamson; niece, Miranda Flowers; and nephew, Frankie McNeil.
He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Brenda Dodd Burrell; son, Edward Hugh Burrell III (Ginna); grandson, Edward Hugh Burrell IV; sisters Mary Burrell, Jane Burrell, Cynthia Burrell, Susan (Kevin) Ball and Leslie Brenan; brother, Charles Burrell; brothers-in-law Grafton Dodd and Larry Gunderman; nieces Stephanie Cameron, Megan Ball, Caitlin Ball, MaryBeth Ball, Jillian Scullin, Paula Williamson and Melanie Gunderman; and nephews Carl Ball, Chris Marrazzo, Peter Cameron Jr., Charles Williamson, Wesley Williamson, Bradley Dodd and Gary Gunderman.
Although a larger-than-life personality with boundless energy and ambition, his priority was always his faith, family and friends. He devoted his life to family and fatherhood with immeasurable success. His true joy was his role as Papa to his grandson, Hugh, who brought him untold happiness. He never hesitated to immediately assist any and all of his six siblings and countless others in crisis or times of trouble.
Ted served his nation honorably in the United States Army for 20 years, retiring as a Major. Upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, he was commissioned in the Infantry branch. He attended Airborne School in Fort Benning, Georgia and then Flight School at Fort Walters, Texas. Later, Ted flew Cobra armed helicopters in support of U.S. troops in Vietnam. He returned to Fort Benning, where he served as an Infantry Company commander and was then awarded an Army scholarship, attending Columbus College, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting.
Subsequent tours took him to assignments in Fort Benning, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Fort Carson, Colorado; Stuttgart, Germany; and Fort Belvoir, Virginia. In the latter assignments, Ted specialized in financial management roles in division and corps headquarters in several military comptroller assignments.
His awards and decorations include the airborne and Army Aviation badges, the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnamese Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Service Medal.
After retiring from the Army, Ted worked in the healthcare industry as both a CFO and vice president of operations. Ted and his wife, Brenda, owned and operated a real estate investment business specializing in small commercial properties in Nashville.
Ted and his son formed Burrell & Son GP in 2012, which focused on the purchase and sale of real estate southeast of Nashville. Throughout his life, Ted has tutored and mentored his soldiers, friends and employees in the art of personal finance. For many years, he participated in leading a weekly/monthly jobs program at Crieve Hall Church of Christ helping hundreds.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at Crieve Hall Church of Christ on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 from 5 until 7 p.m. in the evening and Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. immediately following the visitation. Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial wishes may be directed in his name to Crieve Hall Church of Christ, 4806 Trousdale Drive, Nashville, Tennessee 37220.