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Neely B. Coble Jr.


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Neely B. Coble Jr. Obituary
Neely B. Coble, Jr.

Nashville, TN

Neely B Coble, Jr., age 87, died peacefully on August 18, 2014. Mr. Coble was born in Humboldt, TN on January 28, 1927.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Claire Kelton Coble, and his parents, Neely B. Coble, Sr. and Mary Katherine Greenlaw Coble.

Mr. Coble is survived by his brother, G. William Coble (Jane) and Mary Coble Follin of Nashville. He is also survived by his children: Neely B. Coble III (Sally), Leslie Daviss Coble (Elizabeth) of Nashville and Carro Coble Gardner (Billy) of New Orleans; and eight loving grandchildren: Neely Coble IV, Edward Coble (Allie), Olivia Coble, Stella Coble, Daviss Coble, Cheney Gardner, Russell Gardner, and Annalee Gardner.

After graduating from Peabody Demonstration School in 1944, he joined the US Army for two years and returned to Nashville, where he earned his degree in Civil Engineering at Vanderbilt University. Mr. Coble continued his education at Georgia Tech and earned his masters degree from their Industrial School of Management in 1950. He began his working career with Temco Corporation in Nashville, and in December of 1951, he joined his father, Neely Sr., to form Neely Coble Co., a distributor of heavy duty diesel trucks.

Mr. Coble was a lifelong member and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church and served on the Boards of St. Thomas Hospital and Belle Meade Country Club. He and his brother established the Coble Engineering Scholarship at Vanderbilt's School of Engineering. He was a member of The ECON Club, Ducks Unlimited and Hearts Desire Hunting Club. Mr. Coble had a love and respect for nature that was evident in his support of the Ceres Society of the City of Belle Meade, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, and The Warner Parks. "Pops" was a true southern gentleman and family man who enjoyed gardening and travel.

A visitation will be held at the Cheek House of First Presbyterian Church from 12-2 p.m. Friday, August, 22 with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. A private graveside burial at Mt. Olivet Cemetery will follow the service.

The family would like to thank Rose Pickens and Vivian Parkes for their care and support of Mr. Coble these last few years.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Presbyterian Church or the .

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Published in The Tennessean from Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, 2014
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