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William CARGILE

CARGILE, William Allen Born April 25, 1931, Nashville, TN. Died on March 23, 2011 in Nashville, TN. Preceded in death by parents, Neil Hastings Cargile and Eleanora Sedberry Allen Cargile, and brother, Neil Hastings Cargile, Jr. Survived by wife, Phyllis Gregory Cargile and sons, W. Allen Cargile, Jr. (Leslie), Sykes Young Cargile (Ann) and James MacDonald Cargile; stepchildren, Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Brittain (Scott), Patricia Justine Settle; grandchildren, Eliot and Kenton Cargile, and Whitley and Sykes Cargile; step grandchildren, Parkes, Elizabeth, Justine and Jack Brittain; faithful companion, Sweet Pea. He attended Parmer School, Montgomery Bell Academy and graduated from Cranbrook School in Bloomfield Hills, MI. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Engineering, 1954, and was accepted into the Naval Officer Training School. Allen set the gunnery record, and achieved the highest grade then yet recorded for the naval flight program. He received his commission as Second Lieutenant and was assigned to squadron VA-34, USS Saratoga, Mediterranean Fleet as a fighter pilot and special weapons officer. After leaving the Navy, he founded Cargile, Inc., which designed and manufactured Cutter Boats. In August 1977, he captained a 30-foot Cutter, The Spirit of Nashville, with a crew of two, and made a record setting voyage across the North Atlantic from New York to Paris. He was an aviator, a sailor, and an engineer with a passion for design and mechanical invention. Allen loved the woods and nature, hiking and horseback riding. Sustained by faith, he was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. A Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 26th, First Presbyterian Church, 4815 Franklin Road, followed by a family burial at Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. on Friday, March 25th, in Cheek House at First Presbyterian Church. Those desiring, memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, Salvation Army or First Presbyterian Church, Nashville. The family would like to thank the staff of the Critical Care Unit of the Williamson County Medical Center for their tender and compassionate guidance. MOUNT OLIVET FUNERAL HOME, (615) 255-4193.

Published in The Tennessean on Mar. 25, 2011
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