April 21, 1933April 10, 2021

Nashville, TN-Jason Avery Papuchis, Age 87, was born April 21, 1933 and went home to be with his Lord on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

Preceeded in death by his sweet son Tommy; parents Eustus Anthony Papuchis and Edith Calif Avery; brother Anthony and sisters Dorothea, Mary Gladys and Nan (Wayne); and brother-in-law Jim. What a special group of people to welcome him home along with some very close friends!

Jason is survived and will always be loved by his wife of 65 years, Virginia Sue Smartt; his loving daughters who adored him and sons-in-law who admired him, Laura and Greg Hunter, Sandra and Paul Jankowski, and Bonnye and Chris Schwerdt; loving grandchildren Jason (Christy), Will, Lexie, Avery, Braden, Laura Beth, Allie, Weston, Jenna and Julia; Great-grandchildren Riley, Norah, Ellie, and Amaya; sisters Trula (Rich) and Helen; brother Thomas (Beverly); sister-in-law Mary Ann; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He grew up in downtown Nashville, where his dad (who immigrated from Greece in 1907) owned a restaurant called Victoria Café, across from the Ryman Auditorium. One of his favorite memories is selling candy bars to people standing in line for the Grand Ole Opry.

Jason went to Howard School where he played basketball, football, and baseball and made several lifelong friends. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1955, where he played football, majored in Civil Engineering, was in the ROTC, and met the love of his life.

After he graduated from Vanderbilt, he served in the Army from 1955-1957. He was co-owner of Rice and Papuchis Construction before owning Jay Construction. He also worked at Hardaway and Stillwater Construction Companies.

Jason enjoyed going to the lake, boating, building things, family time, racquetball, time with friends, photography, traveling, and flying. He was a faithful member and deacon of Lincoya Hills Baptist Church in Donelson, TN where he worshipped with some of his dearest friends. Prior to that, he was a long-time member of Two Rivers Baptist, and preached at Giles Greek and Donelson View Baptist. He loved teaching Sunday School classes of all ages.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at Hibbett and Hailey Funeral Home. Friends and family are invited to a visitation with the family from 5:00-7:00 Friday evening, April 16th and Saturday, April 17th from 12:30-2:00 before the service. In lieu of flowers, the and Lincoya Hills Baptist Church can be given love and support in his honor. Online condolences may be made at


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Charles Wallace

April 16, 2021

So sad to hear of Jason's passing. We knew him and his family from our time at Pennington Bend Church of Christ and helping Tommy with therapy in those days. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathy and love to the family.

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