OBITUARY

William Joseph Meredith

November 5, 1952June 30, 2018
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William Joseph “Bill” Meredith, age 65, of Smyrna, TN, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at his home. Mr. Meredith was born November 05, 1952 to the late Dr. Hubert and Betty Pfingston Meredith of Lebanon, TN. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Sutton Meredith; daughter, Makenzie Meredith; sons and their wives, Hunter (Kerri) Meredith and Sutton (Jordyn) Meredith. Grandchildren, Riley, Cohen, Maliegh and Cora. Sister, Margaret Apple; Brothers, Roger (Glenda) Meredith, Eric “Buck” (Pam) Meredith, Kevin (Patsy) Meredith and Max (Mimi) Meredith; and many loved nieces and nephews .

Mr. Meredith attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Biology. He loved his long career as the Lab Technical Supervisor over the Nashville RRL and STMG RRL of Quest Diagnostics. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved to laugh and was known to be an enthusiastic practical joker, at both home and work. He loved playing football for Macon County High School and remained a very loyal sports fan, especially for Vanderbilt football and The Tennessee Titans. He was a very eclectic person with many interests and hobbies including gardening, collecting vinyl records, finding Native American artifacts and civil war relics, and keeping up with his fish tanks. Most of all he loved to go fishing with family and friends. Some of his most pleasant times were spent on the lake and telling “great fish stories”. To honor Bill, those attending his services, please feel free to dress in your “fishing gear.” Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Kirby and Bill Thurman along with his fellow employees of Quest Diagnostics.

Services to celebrate Mr. Meredith’s life will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Three O’clock in the afternoon at Roselawn Funeral Home with placement to follow in the Glass Niche Section of Roselawn Mausoleum. To leave thoughts or memories, please visit www.roselawnfh.com. Friends are cordially invited to visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018 from One O’clock to Three O'clock and to the service, which begins at Three O'clock at Roselawn Funeral Home, 5350 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129, 615-893-2742.

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  • Gathering of family and friends Saturday, July 14, 2018
  • Service to Celebrate Saturday, July 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

William Joseph Meredith

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Mike McClard

July 12, 2018

Something cooking at the Kelly’s. Something cooking at the Kelly’s and it smells so very Irish. Smells so good good good. It’s an Irish recipe from away across the sea and it smells so very Irish. Smells so good good good. This is a little diddy that Bill , Keith Ballou and I sang beginning in grade school and all through high school. I had not seen Bill in almost 40 years until a couple months ago and the first thing he said to me was, what was that song we use to sing? Bill was a great football player, a really good guy and my friend.

Dewayne Cothron

July 11, 2018

"There are 2 things about Bill that I would like to share. What Bill did changed my way of thinking and made me a better person. It was painful to me but I deserved what I got.
My Dad was a fisherman and he also made fishing lures. Bill would come and visit Dad while he was making lures. He would ask questions about lure making and fishing. Dad would always enjoy Bill’s visit and this made me a little jealous. I didn’t take as much of an interest in Dad’s lure making or fishing at that time. When Bill came Dad gave him his undivided attention.
One day all the gang was at my house and my father wasn’t. I started to tease Bill a little which turned into outright bullying. My Dad had this trough full of water that he used to test his fishing lures with and Bill was standing fairly close to this. I made some statement that I should just push Bill in the trough. Bill told me I couldn’t and so we started a push and shoving match. All the gang heard this so I had to show them who the alpha dog was so to speak. As it turned out I did eventually barely push Bill in the trough. Got him somewhat wet. As Bill got up out of the trough he hit me 3 times before I knew what was going on. He then pushed me out of our basement and call me a few names and hit me one more time.
I never knew what was going on! I was in a daze! Seeing stars! I was standing there with all the gang looking at me with my nose bleeding, my eye hurting and my ears ringing. Bill turned and started walking home. Now I could have easily caught up with Bill. I could have jumped him and tried to get my hits in but as I stood there hurting I just thought it might be best to just let Bill go on home. After Bill got pretty far away I said in not a very loud voice, “Yea you better go home.” That was all I could come up with at the time. I think most of the gang had followed Bill so I don’t think anyone heard me but me. And that was the last and only time I ever remember trying to bullying anyone.

Margaret Meredith Apple

July 10, 2018

Thank you Dewayne Cothron for the following pictures.

Dewayne Cothron

July 10, 2018

Another thing I always remember about Bill was when we played neighborhood football he would always play in the line. No one wanted to play in the line. Everyone wanted to catch a pass, be quarterback or run with the ball. Bill was content to play in the line and let everyone else get the glory. He would even suggestion plays but seldom included himself getting the ball. He just enjoyed being a part of the team."

Margaret Meredith Apple

July 10, 2018

Crystal Norris

July 9, 2018

Bill was always so helpful. No matter what he had on his plate, no matter how busy he was he ALWAYS stopped to help if you asked him. Bill also always shared stories with you, fun facts and just general knowledge you didn't know you wanted to know. If I ever had a question on anything, whether it was work related or not, Bill would add to the conversation, and give you advice on anything and everything! We miss you, Bill!

Jason Nantz

July 8, 2018

I’ll never forget the first time I met Bill, I’m a fairly quiet person especially when I first meet someone, but Bill didn’t judge me for it. I finally opened up to him about some of his off the wall facts and comments and of course we ended up talking about music and Star Wars too, so I’ll never forget him saying that I may be a quiet one but I was his kind of weird and he liked that.
I didn’t get the chance to know Bill for that long, but in the time I did I got to see what a loving husband, father and friend he was and how much he was loved in return.

Margaret Apple

July 6, 2018

Margaret Apple

July 6, 2018

Margaret Apple

July 6, 2018

Biography

William Joseph “Bill” Meredith, age 65, of Smyrna, TN, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at his home. Mr. Meredith was born November 05, 1952 to the late Dr. Hubert and Betty Pfingston Meredith of Lebanon, TN. He is survived by his wife, Sharon Sutton Meredith; daughter, Makenzie Meredith; sons and their wives, Hunter (Kerri) Meredith and Sutton (Jordyn) Meredith. Grandchildren, Riley, Cohen, Maliegh and Cora. Sister, Margaret Apple; Brothers, Roger (Glenda) Meredith, Eric “Buck” (Pam) Meredith, Kevin (Patsy) Meredith and Max (Mimi) Meredith; and many loved nieces and nephews .

Mr. Meredith attended Vanderbilt University and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with Bachelor’s Degrees in Chemistry and Biology. He loved his long career as the Lab Technical Supervisor over the Nashville RRL and STMG RRL of Quest Diagnostics. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved to laugh and was known to be an enthusiastic practical joker, at both home and work. He loved playing football for Macon County High School and remained a very loyal sports fan, especially for Vanderbilt football and The Tennessee Titans. He was a very eclectic person with many interests and hobbies including gardening, collecting vinyl records, finding Native American artifacts and civil war relics, and keeping up with his fish tanks. Most of all he loved to go fishing with family and friends. Some of his most pleasant times were spent on the lake and telling “great fish stories”. To honor Bill, those attending his services, please feel free to dress in your “fishing gear.” Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Kirby and Bill Thurman along with his fellow employees of Quest Diagnostics.

Services to celebrate Mr. Meredith’s life will be held Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Three O’Clock in the afternoon at Roselawn Funeral Home with placement to follow in the Glass Niche Section of Roselawn Mausoleum.
To leave thoughts or memories, please visit www.roselawnfh.com. Friends are cordially invited to visitation Saturday, July 14, 2018 from One O’clock to Three O'clock and to the service, which begins at Three O'clock at Roselawn Funeral Home, 5350 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129, 615-893-2742.