Obituary Information & Example

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Obituaries usually include some or all of the following information but may be written in the format of your choice. Part of our service is submitting the obituary to the newspaper(s), and we also provide assistance in writing the obituary. The Tennessean charges $9.07 per column inch. Newspapers in smaller towns and rural areas often do not charge for obituaries.

  • Photograph
  • Name
  • Age
  • Date of death
  • Biographical information
  • Survivors
  • Those who preceded your loved one in death
  • Accomplishments
  • Community involvement
  • Characteristics (how your loved one will be remembered)
  • Times of the services
  • Minister officiating the service
  • Active pallbearers
  • Honorary pallbearers
  • Place of burial
  • Memorial contributions

Example Obituary

Rick Austin
Brentwood, TN

William Richard “Rick” Austin passed away on November 4, 2007 at the age of 59. Rick is survived by his wife of 28 years, Carol; twin daughters, Kate and Liz; parents, Milton and Libby Austin; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Marty Duncan and nieces Emmy and Allie.

In addition to over 35 years of funeral service, he was active in the community as a deacon of Brentwood Baptist Church, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Nashville, member of the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce, and graduate of Leadership Brentwood. He also served on the boards of the Brentwood Cool Springs Chamber, Better Business Bureau and American Diabetes Association.

Rick will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and son, cherished friend, avid golfer, and respected funeral director who took pride in caring for the families of our community. He touched the hearts of many and was a true blessing to all who knew him.

To celebrate his life, Dr. Michael L. Glenn will conduct a service at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7th at Brentwood Baptist Church. His family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 6th from 4-7 p.m. at the church. Active pallbearers are John Gering, Paul Rutledge, Larry Beadle, Bryan Smith, Doug Raines, David Bourgeois, Kevin O’Brien, Alton Morgan, Jerry Krohn, John Chapman, George Armistead, Don Whitley, Ellis Galyon, and Overton Smith. Honorary pallbearers are Rick’s Sunday School class and the Kiwanis Club of Nashville. Burial will follow the funeral service at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Deacon Ministry of Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road, Brentwood, TN 37027 or The American Diabetes Association, 4205 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215.

An online guestbook is available at (615)377-0775.