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“Be at Peace and rest in the Arms of your Savior. I am William Richardson from Erin, TN. My mother was the former Billie Grace Harmon from Columbia ,...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: William Richardson - Placentia, CA

“Ms Nancy I will remember you always. You showed this mid-west girl the grace of Southern Lady charm. I enjoyed speaking with you through the years....Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Nancy Jaramillo - Denver, CO

“I moved next door to Bobbie Johnson former Deputy under Nancy in 1976. They were good friends and Nancy visited with her at her home & I joined many...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Marlin Farris McGrew - TN

“mrs. nancy was a wonderful person. I am thankful she touched my life as a fellow coynty clerk. ”
4 of 13 | Posted by: ronnie price - Friend

“Nancy was a wonderful person with a great smile always. We will miss her greatly. ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Penny Petty - morristown, TN

“I was so sorry to hear about Nancy she was a wonderful lady and good to everyone. She will truly be missed.You are all in my thoughts and prayers at...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Janis Johns - Cookeville, TN

“We were members of Columbia Central H S class of 1949, and she was Student Body Secretary. I visited with her in her Court House Office when my wife...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Bob Carrigan - Hermitage, TN

“Condolences for the family from the Roane County Clerk Office...you will be in our prayers in the days ahead. ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: Beth Johnson

“Jan - I am so sorry to hear about Nancy. She was a wonderful person, and I cannot appreciate Dad enough for introducing me to her so many years ago....Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Robert M Hines - Hendersonville, NC

“What a special lady that touched my heart in so many ways. I will never forget her when she first ran for County Court Clerk. I was 12 years old & I...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Terri Jo Baker Boyd - Columbia, TN

“Jan and Family.So sorry to hear about Nancy.Great friend and a great person.May she RIP. ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: William Frierson - Columbia, TN

“To Nancy's family...Your Mother was a good friend of my husband, Jim Weatherford, and me. She was always so upbeat and fun to be with and she adored...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Diane Weatherford - Franklin, TN

“Jan and Family,So sorry to hear of your Mothers passing, our prayers of comfort and peace at this time and in the days ahead.Paige and Family ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Paige Puckett - Friend


Nancy Witherspoon Thompson, 86, retired Maury County Court Clerk and resident of Bear Creek Pike, died Sunday, June 11, 2017, at Maury Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 4:00 P.M. at Pleasant Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Dawson officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family will visit with friends Thursday from 2:00 – 4:00 P.M. at the church. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be extended online at www.oakesandnichols.com.

Born February 14, 1931, in Maury County, Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Robert Witherspoon and the late Georgia Kraus Witherspoon. Her loving and dedicated husband Rayburn G. Thompson preceded her in death June 26, 1996; and she is now free from captivity to join him again. She was a 1949 graduate of Columbia Central High School and attended Columbia Business College. A lifelong public servant, Mrs. Thompson's career in the County Court Clerk Office spanned over forty years, first as Deputy Clerk under the direction of Roy Pogue and Raymond Due. In 1978 she was elected as County Court Clerk and continued to serve in that capacity until her retirement in 2014. Very civic minded, she spent many hours doing volunteer work with the Columbia Jaycettes, American Legion Auxiliary, Maury Historical Society, and Maury County Chamber of Commerce. Mrs. Thompson enjoyed working in her yard, fishing, and playing cards with the Muletown Rookies. She was a member of Pleasant Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughter, Jan Binkley of Spring Hill; grandchildren, Adam Bay Binkley, Eric Haze Binkley, Justin Smalley, Brent Smalley; great grandchildren, Tillman Bay Binkley, Julianna Smalley, A. J. Smalley, Lexi Davis, Cameron Smalley, Tyler Smalley, Trey Smalley; and special friend and longtime hairdresser, Lucy Church.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rosemarie Smalley; sister, Virginia Gibson; brothers, Robert K. Witherspoon, Kenneth "Toots" Witherspoon, Paul Witherspoon; and special friend, Eva Christine Pointer.

Pallbearers will be Adam Bay Binkley, Eric Haze Binkley, Blair Binkley, Brent Smalley, A. J. Smalley, and Walt Robinson.

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