Mount Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery

1101 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN


Rufus King GANN Jr.

October 13, 1931August 31, 2020

Rufus King Gann, Jr. age 88, departed this life on Monday, August 31, 2020 in Tullahoma, Tennessee. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee on October 13, 1931 to the late Rufus King Gann Sr. and Susie Bowling Gann. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his siblings: Dorothy Gann Curtis, Susan Gann Bennett, Marjorie Gann Akin, and Sarah Katherine Gann Spann.

He is survived by niece Katherine Bowling Spann Anderson (Lytle). Rufus served his country in Baunholder,Germany. He was a devoted member and volunteer at Belle Meade United Methodist Church. Rufus loved to travel and shared that love by organizing many church trips Rufus worked for The Tennessean Newspaper, retiring as a Supervisor in the Advertising Sales Department. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, September 4, 2020 in Lindsley Hall of Mount Olivet Funeral Home, with a gathering of family and friends, one hour prior. Interment to follow in Mount Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Rufus's name to Belle Meade United Methodist Church, Nashville, TN.


  • Gathering of Family & Friends

    Friday, September 4, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 4, 2020


Rufus King GANN Jr.

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Janice Tant

September 6, 2020

What a sad year for so many of us. I gasped when I read about RK (as I knew him). He grew up with my mom and she always shared such fond memories about their childhood. From babysitting stories to family stories. We knew everyone in his family. We started our Christian journey at First Southern Methodist Church and RK was there too. Eventually, we all left and came to Bellemeade. He will be sorely missed. Prayers to his family.
Janice Tant

Cheryl Atwood

September 4, 2020

I remember working with Rufus at The Tennessean during the summers of my high school years! He was a joy to work with, had many faithful clients, and always had a twinkle in his eyes, and made me laugh! Rest In Peace, Rufus!

Gary Moats

September 3, 2020

Many wonderful memories at The Tennessean. Worked in sales with Rufus, Will r emember him as true newspaper ad guy, loved and respected by all.


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