MURFREESBORO -- Dr. Bob Womack, 86, a former principal of Lebanon Junior High School and former resident of Lebanon, died Saturday, April 17, 2010 of heart failure in Murfreesboro. Dr. Womack, a historian, college professor and Walking Horse enthusiast, was principal of Lebanon Junior High School during the 1950s.
While principal of Lebanon Junior High, local educator and football coach Jimmy Allen was a member of the faculty. Dr. Womack took great pride in Allen’s championship football team that went undefeated in 1956. Dr. Womack left his position here in 1957 to become a member of the faculty at Middle Tennessee State University. He was still active as a faculty member at MTSU at the time of his death.
He gained a significant reputation as an authority on the Civil War and published a number of papers and books about the war’s history. He also was regarded as a credible resource on the Tennessee Walking Horse and had been inducted into the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Hall of Fame.
Dr. Womack was a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at MTSU. The Department has recently been renamed the Womack Family Department of Educational Leadership. A native of Flat Creek in Bedford County, Dr. Womack was preceded in death by his parents, David Andrew Womack and Georgia Price Womack, his wife Elizabeth Clements Womack, brothers Price, Paul and Ben Womack and sisters Helen Womack and Sara Womack.
He is survived by children Andy (Cherry) Womack, Ricky Womack, Lara (Steve) Daniel and Lynn Womack, grandsons David (Cheryl) Womack, Jackson Short and Samuel Short, granddaughters Dana Womack, Marguerite (Rob) Sims, Sara Womack and Meaghan Daniel, and great-grandchildren Molly Womack, Mason Womack, Riley Sims and Emery Sims.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at Rosebank Cemetery in Flat Creek. Pallbearers were Dwight Bullard, Joe Sawyer, Bob Bullen, Marty McCullough, Jimmy Allen, John Stanford, Ross Spielman and Aubrey Mosely.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MTSU Foundation for the Womack Family Endowment.