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Obituary: Mary Elizabeth Choate Brindley

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Mary Elizabeth Choate Brindley

Mary Elizabeth Choate Brindley

Mary Elizabeth Choate Brindley, 98, died peacefully at home on May 6, 2019.

Mrs. Brindley was born on May 18, 1920 at Minor Hill, Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee. She grew up in Chapel Hill, Tennessee before the family moved to Nashville when she was very young. She graduated from Nashville’s Central High School in 1938 and first worked for National Life & Accident Insurance Co. She retired after 36 years as executive assistant to three master mechanics, L&N Railroad, Radnor Yards. After her retirement from L&N in 1985, she traveled extensively with her four grandsons and enjoyed three “Around the World Cruises.” She played excellent Bridge and Mahjong, was an avid reader and played the organ for her personal enjoyment. She knitted exquisite Afghans for all of her family and booties and caps for newborns in the nursery at Williamson Medical Center.

“GiGi”, as she was called, was the ultimate baseball sports fan and readily conversed about all sports with her grandsons. She was lovingly generous and sacrificed to completely devote her life to her family, the Jo King Church Circle, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Nashville for more than 69 years.

Her father and mother owned the Radnor Drug Store and the early Green Hills Pharmacy, where Dr. Choate was the pharmacist. She was the granddaughter of Henry Jasper Wilburn and Elizabeth Jane Johnson Wilburn of Scott’s Hill, Pulaski, Giles County, and Thomas Jefferson Choate and Eliza Jane Morgan Choate of Lawrence County.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Bradford Brindley, who died in 1975; her parents, Andrew Lee Choate and Emma Clay Wilburn Choate Douglas; and a brother, Richard Lee Choate.

Mrs. Brindley is survived by her two daughters, Betty Jane Brindley (Cook) Chalfant (BG Bertram H. Jr.) and Susan Lynn Brindley (Lott) Burke, both of Brentwood; grandchildren, James Bradford Cook of Lake View, Alabama, Jonathan Creighton Cook (Lynn Archer Cook) of Franklin, Clarence Lee Lott III (Sally Teloh) of Jackson, Mississippi, Bradford Brindley Lott (Susan Perdue Lott) of Franklin, Lea Chalfant Sullins (Dan Crawford) of Arlington, Texas, and Anna Gene Chalfant O’Neal (Irvine Scott) of Nashville; great-grandchildren, Grayson Payne Cook, Jackson Henley Cook and Griffin Bradford Cook of Lake View, Alabama, Carson Lenore Cook, Margaret Emerson Cook and Sarah Scott Elizabeth Cook of Franklin, Julia Elizabeth Lott, Andrew Lee Lott and Barrett Brindley Lott of Jackson, Mississippi, Phoebe Elizabeth Lott of Franklin, Dan Crawford Sullins Jr. and Erich Neil Sullins of Arlington, Texas, and Ayla Gabriella O’Neal and Cleveland Bates O’Neal of Nashville; sister-in-law, Catherine Choate; niece, Judith Choate Rowan (McEwen); great-nephews, Josh Rowan and Matthew Rowan; and loving family caregivers, Marie Herron, LaTonya Dotson and Jeffrey Leach.

Visitation with the family will be on Thursday evening, May 9, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at Woodbine Funeral Home, Hickory Chapel (5852 Nolensville Road) and from noon-2 p.m. in the Cheek House at First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road in Nashville. Services will follow in the Cheek House Chapel, and interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery, 660 Thompson Lane in Nashville, immediately following the funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37220.  

Woodbine Funeral Home Hickory Chapel 615-331-1952.