Em J. Ghianni

February 22, 1923September 9, 2019

Em J. Ghianni (Emilio Joseph Ghianni), 96, Nashville, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2019 at Williamson Medical Center, Franklin. A decorated U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was a graduate of Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He retired as chief executive officer of Comfortzone, a pool heater manufacturing company. As a member of Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he served as elder, Sunday School teacher, past president of Men’s Fellowship and on the Building Expansion committee. He has also served as director and committee chair Nashville Kiwanis Club, on the Nashville Rescue Mission Board, Operation Stand Down board, Nashville University Club board, past commander and program director American Legion Post 5, lifetime member Post 5 VFW and MOAA, lifetime member 42nd Rainbow Infantry, a 30-year season ticket holder to Vanderbilt University football and Vanderbilt Commodore Club, charter member of the Sports Council, senior executive Nashville Chamber, and served on the Forrest Hills planning commission. Preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy “Dot” Champ Ghianni; his parents Sabatino and Alfina Ghianni, Buffalo, NY; sisters, Frances (Al) Conte, and Rita Ghianni of Buffalo, NY; and brother, John Ghianni of Buffalo, NY. Survived by sons, Eric (Ann) Ghianni and Tim (Suzanne) Ghianni both of Nashville; grandchildren, Maria (Michael) Ghianni-Wilkinson of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Emily (Jacob) Martinez of Loma Linda, CA, Ana (Joshua) Greer of Lascassas, TN, and Joseph Ghianni of Nashville; brother, Sam (Ginnie) Ghianni of Mountain View, AR; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from nine o’clock in the morning until eleven o’clock at Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN. A Service will immediately follow with Reverend Kip Rush and Reverend Don Tabor officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. The grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, or to the Nashville Humane Society.


  • Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, or to the Nashville Humane Society


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 14, 2019
  • Committal Service Saturday, September 14, 2019


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Fred Erkal-Bryant

September 15, 2019

Uncle Em was a very thoughtful and caring person. He will be missed. My condolences to the family with great admiration and appreciation for him.


Cindy Conte

September 12, 2019

Always such a gentleman! RIP, Em.


September 12, 2019

My wife Barb and I met Em late in our lives but wish we had known him all our lives.
We will miss our good, good friend immensely .

Chaplain Eddie Rogers

September 11, 2019

Dear Family, One of the most difficult challenges of life is to return our loved ones back to the care of a loving God. On the other hand —- His care is perfect. May the God who loves the broken hearted now go to work to heal your hearts. Someone wrote, “healing comes through story.” Tell Em stories for as long as it takes. All of the Legionnaires will listen carefully. May the Lord bless you and keep you on this journey.
For Commander Holsonback,

Eddie Rogers, Department Chaplain Tennessee.