Joyce Brewington Meriwether
Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee
June 15, 2010
Meriwether, Joyce Brewington, age 75 of Franklin, on June 15, 2010 from a prolonged illness, that has lasted for more than a decade. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert "Bob" Meriwether; daughter, Brenda Meriwether Crossman (Bill); granddaughters, Rebecca Shipley and Rachel Chastain; three great-grandchildren. Her parents were Silas Brewington and Elizabeth Sharpe Brewington Appleton, who along with her brother Richard, preceded her in death. Her early years were spent in western Wilson County and the Hermitage area of Davidson County. She always called Nashville her home. She worked at the Nashville Banner newspaper library, Vanderbilt Hospital as administrative assistant and an executive secretary at the law firm of Goodpasture, Carpenter, Dale, Courtney and Woods. While at the Banner, she was used as a model three different times in photo's published on the front page of the newspaper. At Vanderbilt, she received an invitation for an address by President John F. Kennedy, held at Vanderbilt stadium on May 18, 1963. The speech commemorated the University, the 30th anniversary of the congressional act that created the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the President pushed a button that set off an explosion to begin construction of Cordell Hull Dam. His speech that day included the line, "Ask not what your country can do for you - ask, what you can do for your Country?" Her husband's job took them to St. Louis for two years, twenty-six years in the greater Detroit area and one year in Richmond, VA. They returned to Nashville when Bob retired in December, 1991. Through the years they traveled extensively, highlighted by five trips to Hawaii and three cruises, the last one through the Panama Canal. She also enjoyed tours of the Canadian Rockies, Alaska and Newfoundland. She spent a day in Calgary, just before the Summer Olympics were held there in 1987. She became a member of the Arctic Circle Club, having crossed the Arctic Circle on a Flight to Nome, Alaska. Altogether, she visited or lived in 45 of 50 states. She and Bob moved to Franklin in 2001. She has resided in the Assisted living at Belvedere Commons (formerly know as Benton House) in Franklin. She participated in all the activities every day, despite being confined to a wheelchair. She loved to read in her spare time and donated more that 150 large print books to their library. She was known for her thoughtfulness of remembering other residents on their birthdays and at Christmas. She and her husband have been active members of Oak Valley Baptist Church for several years. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 18, 2010 with a gathering one hour prior to service time at Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, TN. Interment will follow at 3 p.m., in Woodlawn Memorial Park. Family and friends will also gather to remember Mrs. Meriwether from 3-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2010 at WOODLAWN-ROESCH-PATTON FUNERAL HOME, 660 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN 37204; (615) 383-4754.