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“Tom, My condolences on your great loss. My prayers are with you and your family. ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Dan Cordray

“I am so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was one of the sweetest men on earth. I hope knowing how many people loved him will make your loss easier....Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Jan Church

“Thinking of you in this very sad time. You are in my prayers Mitch ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Mitch Stegall

“Dear Pattye and family, Please accept our sincerest condolences. Tom was a kind, thoughtful and respectable man. My first impressions of you and Tom...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Tom and Mary Carroll Roberts

“Dear Pattye and family, You have endured the loss of a great man and a great father and family man. I know how it feels to lose a father. You have...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Dale Barnes

“Dear Tom and Pattye, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. What a great man Mr. McGrew was! My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
6 of 18 | Posted by: Patti Craft Lochridge

“I am so sorry to hear of Mr. McGrew's passing. I will always remember the good times I had at your house when we were all growing up. My thoughts...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Doyle McKee

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Jane and James Senefeld

“Pattye and family, I am so sorry to hear of Mr. McGrew's passing. I remember him as always being kind, friedly, and with a wonderful smile. My...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Belinda Oliver Goodwin

“We're terribly sorry for the loss of your father. We're here for you if you need anything at all. With love, Peggy and Jane ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Peggy Nix, Jane Childress

“We are sorry to hear about Mr. McGrew. He was a wonderful person and customer. He will be missed dearly. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Ace Hardware

“We send you our sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. God will ease your pain as time goes on. ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Laurie Wade & Family

“Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tom Sr. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: John Hartmann

“"Dad" will be missed by both of us dearly. What a blessing it was to know him. Our prayers are with you. ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Tony & Rose Ratagick

“Uncle Tom has always had a special place in my heart. Now, it has grown just a little bigger and a lot more special. My thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: Joan Hight

“You are in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Tom was special to all of us. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Pam & Wayne Stafford

“May God send his Angels to watch over you in this time of loss. Mr.Tom was as fine a Christian man as I have ever known. In my business dealings as...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Richard Smith

“All our sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. Sue ”
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Thomas Neely McGrew, Sr., 91, former Mayor of Columbia, well-known banker, and resident of 7th Avenue, died Tuesday, July 14, 2009 at NHC Hillview.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 10:00 a.m. at Oakes & Nichols with John Vaughan and Wendell Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post #19. Visitation with the family will begin Thursday at 4:00 p.m. concluding with Masonic Rites at 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 1864, Columbia 38402.
Notes of sympathy may be sent to www.oakesandnichols.com.

Born and reared in Columbia, he was the son of the late James P. "Pat" McGrew and Virginia Fox McGrew. He attended Andrews Elementary School, was a 1936 graduate of Columbia Central High School and graduate of Bowling Green Business University in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

He served in the U. S. Army during World War II from August 1941 - December 1945. As a young man, he became associated with the Middle Tennessee Bank and served for a number of years as an officer and director. Later he helped establish First Federal Savings and Loan and served as director until his retirement in 1976.

Mr. McGrew was active in civic and community affairs for many years, including a term as Mayor of Columbia from January 1958 - January 1962. His numerous memberships included Herbert Griffin American Legion Post #19, board of directors of Maury County T. B. & Health Association, chairman of Easter Seals, and President of the Rose Hill Cemetery Association. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Columbia Masonic Lodge #31 for over 50 years and a member of the Columbia Shrine Club. He was a long-time member of Graymere Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Pattye Hight McGrew of Columbia; daughter, Pattye (James) Fort of Columbia; son, Thomas Neely
(Susan) McGrew of Brentwood; sister, Ann McGrew Hindman of Columbia; grandchildren, Abby McGrew Manning, Molly McGrew, Lacey McGrew, Katherine Fort, and Virginia Fort; nephew, James P. McGrew, Jr. of Columbia. He was preceded in death by a brother, James P. McGrew.

Active pallbearers are Randy Stevens, Norman Harris, Jerry Moore, Tim Owens, Jim McGrew, and Ronnie Erwin. Honorary pallbearers include Doug Parrish, Jack White, David Edwards, Jerry Hardison, Robin Jack, Anthony Ratagick, and Jim Fort.

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