Fred V. Light

Born in Ingram Branch, WV on March 21, 1939

Departed on February 20, 2017 and resided in Brush Creek, TN

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Fred Venson Light, age 77 of Brush Creek, passed away February 20 at his daughter’s home in Murfreesboro.

Fred was born March 21, 1939 in Ingram Branch, WV to Jake and Glenna Wriston Light. With the encouragement of a local judge, Fred entered military service at the age of 16, vowing to his Sargent that he was actually 17. He proudly served in the United States Army, stationed at one point in Berlin.

Upon returning home, he opened Crown Ford in 1968 along with owner Carl Sweeny, and worked as a salesman for Rivergate Lincoln Mercury, totaling 32 years in the industry. He will be best remembered as a school bus driver for 20 years. In 1975, Fred’s life was changed. He devoted his life to Christ and began the next phase of his life that found him always helping and providing for people as they needed. He loved the children who rode on his bus and often checked on their progress with their teachers. If they needed a coat, he provided. If they looked hungry, he made sure they were fed. He truly loved people.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law: Terie and Michael Fly of Murfreesboro; and a brother: Kenny Wriston of Pennsylvania. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter: Heather Fly.

The family will celebrate his life with a memorial service on Thursday, February 23 at 1:00 PM at the Tusculum Hills Baptist Church, officiated by Bill Highsmith. Following the service, the family will receive friends for visitation from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, February 24 at 11:00 AM at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens, with Military Honors provided by the United States Army.

8 Comments to Fred V. Light

  1. Barney and Pat Hall ~ Auburndale, Fla.
    February 22, 2017 9:15 am

    We have lost a dear friend, we go all the way back to 1959. He will be greatly missed. Prayers for Terrie and Michael

  2. joy
    February 22, 2017 10:52 am

    I will miss you. You were the best man I have ever known.. you will be missed at church. I have lost a dear Friend . You will always be in my mind.

  3. Deborah Wyatt
    February 22, 2017 11:22 am

    I am so sad to hear of Uncle Fred’s passing. So very sorry Terrie. He was such a Big part of our lives,lots of fond childhood memories into adult hood. He was always there. RIP Uncle Fred,you will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts!!! Prayers to Terrie and Mike. Lots of love and prayers!!

  4. Grady and Betty Gunn
    February 22, 2017 6:21 pm

    GRADY and BETTY SUE GUNN ~ LAKELAND, FLORIDA Terrie and Michael, We’re so sorry about the passing of Fred. He was a long time friend of ours. Our loss is Heavens gain. Much love and prayers.

  5. Beth
    February 23, 2017 12:41 pm

    Cousin Fred was a great man, he will be missed. You are in our prayers. Love Danny and Jen Light and kids

  6. Jana Williams
    February 23, 2017 1:10 pm

    Prayers of comfort and peace. Many great memories of he and my dad at Crown Ford and throughout my childhood.

  7. Shirley Forbes Bus Driver, Retired
    February 24, 2017 5:12 pm

    Bus Driver Friend,He was a very nice person to everyone. He will be miss.

  8. Donna Dickson
    February 24, 2017 8:57 pm

    Sorry for your loss Fred was an awesome man good to Everyone he will be missed by all of us bus drivers for MNPS RIP Donna Dickson ,Brenda Jackson and Mary Nave!!!

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