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William Thomas "Will T." Malone, 93

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NASHVILLE -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, February 9 at the Mt. Olivet Funeral Home for Mr. Malone, 93, of Nashville. A musician, World War II veteran and business owner, he died Feb. 6, 2009.

Mr. Malone graduated from Watertown High School in 1934, attended State Teachers College in Murfreesboro from 1934 to 1936, and earned a business degree from Cumberland University 1939, where he was the college’s first band director.

He played saxophone and clarinet in area dance bands including his own band, The Collegians, The Southern Colonels, Francis Craig on WSM and NBC, and with Owen Bradley.

Mr. Malone was a charter member of The Establishment, a big band of business and professionals supporting scholarship funds. He served as organist in Nashville churches, most notably 45 years at First Baptist Church of Donelson.

He owned and operated Roy Warden Piano and Organ Company and was one of the first inductees into the MTSU Band of Blue Hall of Fame.

Services were conducted by Rev. W.L Baker with burial at the Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

Survivors include: children Patsy (Glenn) Davis of Murfreesboro, Michelle Browne of Mt. Juliet, Ann (Scott) Kinney of Murfreesboro, Bill Malone of Old Hickory.

Also surviving is brother Charles Malone of Clarksville; grandchildren Kari Gentry, Kelli (Chad) Johnson, Jim Browne, Beth (Eric) Wehmeyer, Robin Kinney and Melody Kinney; great grandchildren Haley Johnson, Wyatt Johnson and Charlotte Wehmeyer.

He is preceded in death by parents S.V. and Pattye Evins Malone and wife Ruth Peek Malone.

Pallbearers: Glenn Davis, Scott Kinney, Jim Browne, Chad Johnson, John Halliburton and Mike Coakley. Honorary: Charles Malone, Bill Amonette, Jack Evins, Don McEachern, Eric Wehmeyer, Troy Halliburton, Bucky Doster, John Evans and Jimmy Shea.

Arrangements by Mt. Olivet Funeral Home & Cemetery.

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