Lucy Leola Wilson

Born in Nashville, TN on January 19, 1951

Departed on May 2, 2019 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Mrs. Lucy Leola Wilson, age 68 of Hendersonville, TN. Passed away on Thursday, May 2nd 2019. Lucy was born on January 19th, 1951 to the late Judge Tom Brandon & Dorthea (Sutherlin) Brandon in Nashville Tennessee. Growing up, she always had a love for animals, music and had a heart for helping others. She was a Stratford high school graduate in the class of 1969.

Lucy worked full time at National Life Insurance Company until 1977. She was a part time hostess at the Grand Old Opry from 1976 to 1977 where she met and made many friends. Lt. Buddy Ezell with the M.N.P.D. was the backstage security and encouraged Lucy to join the police department. While on the police department, her dedication was to solving cases. She would go to women’s groups and give defensive classes. She was awarded the chamber of commerce "Officer of the Year" and was recognized several times for outstanding performances. She retired as a full detective & rank of Sgt.

Lucy was a fierce competitor in many barrel racing & pole bending competitions at local rodeos and saddle clubs. She and her favorite horse “Pepsi” would race to make the quickest time while completing the course to the best of their ability.

After her retirement from the police force, her love of music would re-unite her with a long time friend & musician from the Grand Ole Opry, Mr. Michael Wilson. They had known each other nearly 20 years before dating and becoming Husband and Wife. She always said that he went to go work for Dottie West & Kenny Rogers while she went to work for the Police department. 20 years later their love for cocker spaniels would bring them together. 6 weeks later they got married and enjoyed 22 years of marriage. Together they opened Expert Exterminators in 1997 and served their local community, that in return, treated them like family. The kids couldn’t wait to see Miss Lucy. They also started up B.O.O.T. (Barrel racing Organizers Of Tennessee) and held their own barrel racing shows.

Lucy is survived by her husband Michael Wilson & step-sons Maj. Michael Ray Wilson & Christopher John Wilson of Hendersonville, TN. Her brother George Brandon of Florida, brother Bill Brandon of Florida, sister Molly & (Jeff) Fanto of Florida. As well as several nieces, nephews & great-nieces & nephews & step-grandchildren. And her best friends forever Ms. Gwen Bates Ford & Marilyn Anderton.

Funeral Mass will be held on Friday May 31st, 2019 at 1:00PM at Our Lady of the Lake Church. The family will receive prior to the service on May 31st from 11:00AM until 1:00PM service time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lucy can be made to Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

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12 Comments to Lucy Leola Wilson

  1. Cheryl Bevill
    May 10, 2019 10:10 pm

    I’ll miss your smile but will see you soon!

  2. Kathy Hatcher
    May 11, 2019 12:32 am

    So sorry for your loss. She was one of my sister Robbie best friends in high school. I remember how sweet and nice she was to me. I pray God gives her family strength and comfort.

  3. Patricia Clements
    May 11, 2019 10:51 am

    I knew Lucy when she was Detective Sargent on the Nashville Police Force. Lucy was stellar. I shall miss knowing that Lucy is no longer in this world.

  4. Donna K Carnley Kasper
    May 11, 2019 12:22 pm

    Rest In Peace sweet Spartan sister. God bless your family and friends as they grieve this separation from you, but may they rest in assurance that soon we will be reunited in glory.

  5. Rita Baker
    May 13, 2019 3:03 pm

    Lucy was my sergeant when I first transferred to Sex Crimes in the 90’s. She was very kind to me, and even invited me to her home to ride horses with her! She and her family have been in my prayers over the last few months. I will sadly not be able to attend the funeral, but will keep you all in my thoughts!!! I am so sorry for your loss!!!

  6. Doris L Cranford
    May 15, 2019 11:33 am

    Lucy and I became friends when both of us worked for the police department. She was so cute but so good at her job, she would tackle any thing that crossed her. I will sure miss her. Rest In Peace my friend.

  7. Benny Goodman
    May 16, 2019 8:18 am

    Rest In Peace my sweet friend. I will never forget you or the fun times and laughs we shared as coworkers , friends and neighbors. Many good memories, take care Panama One, see ya soon😢

  8. Gwen Bates Ford
    May 17, 2019 9:46 am

    “Death Leaves A Heartache,,No One Can Heal ! Love Leaves A Memory ..No One Can Steal!”
    “All the Wealth in the World Could not Buy You a Friend…Nor Pay You for the Loss of One”
    Lucy was one of my Best Friends for 43 years. We met while working at the Grand Old Opry in April of 1976 as part time job as Hostess. We have so many great memories of fun times and sad times together. Lucy was always there when you needed her. During her 5 month of being in the hospitals ,rehabs and nursing home we had our hopes up several times only to be let down many more. I only missed 5 days of not being with her during this 5 month Battle. She Fought hard during this time , but we knew she was tired and worn out and ready to go to her Heavenly Home. We will be Lost without her in our lives! Heaven has gained another Angel. She will always be in my Heart and Thoughts. I Love You Lucy !

  9. Candy Shaffer
    May 19, 2019 9:20 am

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Lucy. Lucy was one of the nicest people we have ever met. Lucy was very interesting to visit with. Lucy brought us a gift to our home which were really nice palm tree coasters that still set on my coffee table today. She will never be forgotten as the kind person she was. May god give you comfort and strength in your loss of Lucy.

    Joe & Candy Shaffer

  10. Janell & Ken Anderson
    May 19, 2019 3:04 pm

    Sorry for your Loss. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you. I have lost a Sister. What a wonderful person. I will dearly miss her but will never forget her. Rest In Peace my Sister. I will remember all the good times we had. We Love You Lucy!!! We will see you again in HEAVEN!!!

    Janell & Ken Anderson

  11. Lawrence Woodard
    May 20, 2019 11:14 am

    So Sorry for you Loss. She will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace my Friend.

    Lawrence (Woody) Woodard

  12. Beverly A (Yochum) Watkins
    May 30, 2019 3:03 pm

    RIP Lucy! You will be missed by many. I will cherish all the memories I have of us together and will always cherish them. You were the only one that had patience with me teaching me how to ride a horse and to barrel race. The talks and great meals we had at the Joelton cafe will forever be apart of me. Fly high I Leila miss you and I love you cuz!!

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