William Jolly (Bill) Amonette

April 18, 1933November 2, 2018
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William Jolly Amonette (Bill), age 85, passed away on November 2, 2018. Mr. Amonette was born April 18, 1933 in Carthage, Tennessee to James Douglas and Ersye Merryman Amonette who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jack Wilson Amonette, step-father, W.V. Wilkerson, and son-in-law, George W. Gregory. A graduate of Smith County High School, Bill attended Tennessee Tech and received a Bachelor of Music degree from George Peabody College. He studied trumpet with Renold Schilke of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Bill began his teaching career in Lincoln County, Tennessee. He later entered the retail music business in Columbia, Tennessee; at the time of his retirement he was owner of Hewgley’s Music Store in Nashville. Bill was a lifetime member of Local 257, American Federation of Musicians, and played with many local bands and orchestras. For many years he was a member of The Establishment Orchestra. A member for over 52 years of Donelson Heights United Methodist Church, Bill served in a variety of capacities including choir director, teacher, trustee, lay leader and volunteer for the Room in the Inn program. After retirement, he served as a volunteer driver for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery. Mr. Amonette is survived by his wife of over 61 years, Margery P’Pool Amonette; daughters, Jean Thompson (Carey); Lydia Bursi (Mike); son, William Douglas Amonette; granddaughter, Emma Bursi (Amy); grandson, John Bursi (Kylie Myers); step-granddaughter, Kate Brison (Todd). He is also survived by nephew, Jason Amonette (Harriet); sister-in-law, Camilla Amonette; sister-in-law, Lydia Bradford (William M.), nephew, Thomas Bradford and niece, Susan Bradford. He is survived by one aunt, Frances Amonette Brown, and numerous cousins. Visitation will be at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home on Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm. The Celebration of Life will be at Donelson Heights United Methodist Church on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 11:00 am with Rev. Regina Hall officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment to follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers are members of the Fellowship Class and Chancel Choir of Donelson Heights United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to W.O. Smith Music School, Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music or Donelson Heights United Methodist Church.


  • Jason Amonette, Active
  • Tom Bradford, Active
  • Todd Brison, Active
  • John Bursi, Active
  • Mike Bursi, Active
  • Carey Thompson, Active
  • Members of the Fellowship Class and Chancel Choir of Donelson Heights United Methodist Church, Honorary

  • W.O. Smith Music School
  • Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music
  • Donelson Heights United Methodist Church


  • Gathering of Family & Friends Sunday, November 4, 2018
  • Gathering of Family & Friends Monday, November 5, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, November 5, 2018

William Jolly (Bill) Amonette

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Kim Yearwood

November 7, 2018

I had the pleasure of knowing Bill for many years. Our children were in band together and we served as chaperones. His music stores and his advice for selecting music served me well when I was teaching. I loved his family and we attended church together for the past 20 years. I will miss his friendship and gentle spirit, but will continue to maintain a strong relationship with Marge and the family.

J. D.. Taylor

November 5, 2018

It was sad to read Bill's obituary in today's paper. Tibby and I regret that we did not know in time to visit with the family. Bill was as fine a fellow as I have ever known. His gentle, kind spirit almost overshadowed his phenomenal talent, but together they made him an exceptional person. We shall all miss him but feel blessed to have known him since Peabody days. Our sincere condolences.

J. D. and Tibby Taylor

Pam (Smith) Heathcock

November 4, 2018

Mrs. Amonette, Jean , Lydia, and Doug....I am so sorry to hear this. He was a special person. I loved being in the youth choir when Mr. Bill was directing and Miss Marge was playing the organ. We had some fun times. I won't be able to make the visitation today or funeral tomorrow but please know all of you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you.

Barbara Faulkner

November 4, 2018

Bill Amonette began his career as Band Director at Central High School here in Lincoln County in the '60s.
I lost track of him, but saw his comment on Tennessee Valley Buzz page, and asked if he was one and the same. From that day on, we renewed our friendship, much to my delight!

I will lift his family in my prayers, praying for God's comfort in this difficult time.