William Howard Gaddes

Born in Nashville, Tennessee on February 12, 1930

Departed on February 8, 2017 and resided in Nashville, Tennessee

  • Visitation: Harpeth Hills Funeral Home Gardens
    • Friday February 10, 2017 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    • Saturday February 11, 2017 11:00am to 1:00pm

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William Howard “Pick” Gaddes peacefully entered his heavenly home on Wednesday, February 08, 2017. Pick was born on February 12, 1930 in Bellevue, Tennessee.

He is preceded in death by his parents John and Katherine Gaddes, brother J. C. Gaddes and sister Mary Alice Felts.

Survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Catherine Henderson Gaddes, daughter Johnia (David) Browning, Steve Gaddes, niece Sue Garay and two grandchildren that were the joy of his life Anna Katherine “Katie” and Nathaniel better known to him as “little man”.

Pick was a 1950 graduate of Bellevue High School. He had such fond memories of school especially when it came to playing football. He was well known for his football skills and many times would say “if I could only play one more game”. He was offered football scholarships to different colleges, but had to forgo them in order to support his family because of his father’s death.

He worked 45 years for the Nashville Bridge Company overseeing the mechanical department of the barge construction.

Pick’s world revolved around his grandchildren. Seldom did he ever miss a dance recital, vocal performance or sporting event for which they were participating. He greatly loved watching football, gardening and working in the yard. He was loved by everyone and usually ended up giving everyone a sweet smile, laugh, and a funny nickname.

He was a long time member of the Bellevue Methodist Church and in his later years Christ Church and Aspen Grove Christian Church. In his younger years he was always very active within the church and his love for God shined in all that he did. His gentleness and kindness was a true example of living out God’s Commandments.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of his life at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home on 1:00 p.m. Saturday February 11, 2017. Services will be conducted by Adam Kaufhold. Visitation will be from 5-7p.m. on Friday February 10, 2017 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home.

Memorial donations may be made to the missions of Aspen Grove Christian Church, 274 Mallory Station Road, Franklin, TN. 37067

9 Comments to William Howard Gaddes

  1. Gloria Hagar Tuttle
    February 9, 2017 12:51 pm

    Johnia and family. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. There is nothing more special to Alittle girl then the love of her father.. I know he was so proud of you and just worshiped you as you did him. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family. RIP Mr. Gaddes

  2. Fran Ball
    February 9, 2017 5:27 pm

    My deepest Sympathy to all of your dear family. May you find God’s Loving Care in this very sad time. We will miss Pick and remember how kind, gentle and caring he was. Prayers and blessings!

  3. Bobbie Hasty
    February 9, 2017 9:29 pm

    Mary, so sorry for your loss…..know it will leave a large void in your life as well a s Johnia, Katie, Nathanial and David….I pray for God to bring you peace as you morn the loss of Pick….Prayers for you and the family…Hugs Bobbie Hasty

  4. Cheryl Read
    February 9, 2017 10:16 pm

    So sorry for your loss. May the love of family and friends comfort you at this time.

  5. Preshias Harris
    February 10, 2017 2:53 am

    Oh Mary,
    My heart is so sad. The peace of knowing he is a the right side God I pray will ease your sorrow.
    I praying for you and your family. Love You Preshiad

  6. Preshias Harris
    February 10, 2017 2:54 am

    Oh Mary,
    My heart is so sad. The peace of knowing he
    is at the right side of God I pray will ease your sorrow.
    I praying for you and your family. Love You Preshias

  7. Jane Trice
    February 10, 2017 3:58 pm

    Dear Johnia, Katie, Nathaniel, and David,

    I did not know Pick very well, but just reading his obituary helps me understand what a great and loving human being he must have been throughout his lifetime.

    My thoughts and love are with you all and Mary during this difficult time.


  8. Carrie Finnegan
    February 10, 2017 6:35 pm

    Dear Brownings,

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will miss seeing your dad/granddad at the sports fields, but know he will be cheering on Nathaniel from up above. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sadness.


    The Finnegans

  9. Melanie Morris
    February 11, 2017 3:54 pm

    Hi Johnia,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. I am thinking about you and and your family during this difficult time. May God’s love fill you with peace, comfort, and hope! Big hugs!
    Melanie Morris

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