Terry Glenn Safer

Born in Beaumont, TX on September 24, 1959

Departed on April 21, 2021 and resided in Gallatin, TN

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Terry Glenn Safer

September 24, 1959 – April 21, 2021

Gallatin, TN

Terry G. Safer peacefully passed away on April 21st, 2021 after a year-long battle with cancer. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, George Allen Safer, Sr. and Colleen Safer, and brother George Safer, Jr.

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Terry was always thankful to have been raised in a Christian home bound by unbreakable love. His steadfast faith and hope in Jesus Christ sustained and comforted him, rendering him a persevering soldier of the Lord.

Terry is survived by his wife, Teresa; son, Brandon; daughter, Ashley (Tommy); granddaughter, Madeline; brothers Ricky Safer (Gayle) and Randy Safer (Sandee); sister, Charlotte Diane Warner (Randy); many nieces and nephews, and many, many friends who loved him.

Always proud to be a Safer, if you knew Terry, you knew about his family, too. He fostered an everlasting bond with his brothers and sister as a shining light in the face of darkness with patient ears to listen and an enormous heart to love. Over the years, his transcendent love and loyalty has only compounded, capable of overcoming any stretch of time and distance. Blessed with 41 years of marriage, Terry was the loving husband of high school sweetheart Teresa. Together, they became devoted parents, and his tireless work ethic and dedication to providing for the people he loves lives on every day in his wife, son, and daughter. His love was limitless, extending to every end of his family across his son-in-law, granddaughter, siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

Terry was better than good at everything he took interest in. He had the gift of loving not only in word and deed, but also in music. His beautiful voice and bountiful guitar collection coupled with talented siblings were exciting treats at family gatherings. Additionally, his love of cars and taking his Roush Mustang to the track were another source of joy he shared with his brothers and friends. He was a great athlete, musician, race car driver, friend, employee, and everything else he tried.

While he held many roles, the role that guided them all was that of a Believer. He accepted Christ the Sunday his father was called to be the pastor of New Cherry Grove Baptist Church in Gist, TX. Terry was the first of many people his father baptized while there. He learned to perform music with his Dad and brothers in public at New Cherry Grove and later served as music minister at First Baptist Church in Hartsville, TN for several years. His time at New Cherry Grove fostered his calling to perform at weddings, funerals, and on local and national television.

To know Terry was to love Terry, and his positive outlook on life was magnetic, inspiring family, friends, and strangers alike because he made everyone feel special. When you think about Terry, you hear his infectious laugh, see the unique twinkle in his eye, and grin at the captivating smile capable of making you forget about any bad day. While those of us left behind mourn, we know his light shines down the streets of heaven as he is free of pain and suffering. And we know that someday, we will all reunite in the presence of the Lord in a joy so great that it is beyond our Earthly understanding.

A memorial service to celebrate Terry’s life will take place on Thursday, April 29th at 1:00pm, with visitation starting at 12:00pm. Both the visitation and celebration of life will be held in the Chapel at Hendersonville Funeral Home. Contributions in Terry’s memory may be made to Alive Hospice in Nashville, TN.

26 Comments to Terry Glenn Safer

  1. Beverly Barnes
    April 23, 2021 6:40 am

    My prayers of comfort for the family.

  2. Jerry Allen Lane
    April 23, 2021 11:33 am

    Praying for the family!

  3. Kaye Bryan Guthrie
    April 24, 2021 9:22 am

    Praying for you. Terry was such a great guy. A friend to all. Always had that smile. Loved him and Randy singing together. Many high school memories. May you have peace.

  4. Donna
    April 24, 2021 12:56 pm

    Ricky and family, we send our deepest sympathy. We are heartbroken for your entire family. We had been praying for you all since hearing Terry was sick in the recent days. May God give you all His peace and comfort as only He can. Hold on to your sweet memories now and one day you will all be together to sing once again, my friend. Love and prayers, Mike and Donna Sammons

    • Chris D. Walker
      April 24, 2021 3:18 pm

      Terry was a wonderful person and I feel so blessed to have had him as a friend. He will be deeply miss by us all. I am praying for the Safer family.

  5. Raymond Olivier
    April 24, 2021 2:57 pm

    I am going to miss you buddy. You were an inspiration as to how to live a Christian life while here on this earth. You were forever happy and had me smiling! Go rest high on that mountain Terry. Until we meet again, travel well.

  6. Darrell W. Fleming
    April 24, 2021 3:21 pm

    I met Terry through his brother Randy. I’ve known him for almost 30 years. No doubt, he is one of the finest Southern gentleman you could ever ask to be around. He was always so genuine and kind. All of his brothers were the same. I truly was blessed to have known him. I pray for comfort for the whole family. He will be greatly missed.

  7. Terri Suggs
    April 24, 2021 3:35 pm

    To the Safer Family, it’s hard to find the words to say that could convey the deep sorrow we feel. Terry was a genuinely good and kind person. He had an infectious smile and such a hardy laugh that could light up a room. Not to mention his beautiful singing voice. We loved to hear the Safer Brothers singing with Mom Colleen on the piano playing like nobody else could. What a proud legacy you all have to leave for your children & grandchildren to carry on. We love you all dearly and it is our prayer that God will wrap you in his arms of comfort and carry you through the difficult days ahead.
    Reggie & Terri and Family

  8. Zachery Walker
    April 24, 2021 3:37 pm

    We’ll be racing again one day! Will miss ya buddy. Glad you got to drive my Roush and give it the Terry seal of approval.

  9. Aaron Norman
    April 24, 2021 5:11 pm

    Terry was an awesome high school friend and a friend to many. He never met a stranger and loved to laugh even then. Will always remember going to church with Terry and family in Gist then heading to their house to eat a home cooked meal and watch the Dallas Cowboys. A sweet family that was always willing to take anyone in and treat them as family. Hated when you moved off to Tennessee but God had a plan and you followed it. You will truly be missed.

  10. Winona King Lindsey
    April 24, 2021 8:08 pm

    What a great family!! I enjoyed sharing in music and friendship with this family many years ago. I still love you all and cherish the memories of this family. Thanks so much for continuing to share in the Father’s music.

  11. Janice Brown
    April 24, 2021 9:04 pm

    Prayers to the entire family, may God give each of you comfort and peace… Rest In Peace Terry you are safe in the arms of Jesus

  12. Jeff Bundick
    April 24, 2021 9:47 pm

    My prayers to the Safer family, but especially to my dear friend Randy. The special bond you had with Terry was magical. Because of your friendship I have a place in my heart for the entire Safer family an am saddened by your loss.

  13. Julie Durham
    April 25, 2021 12:05 am

    Praying for strength and peace. My heart aches with you. Great memories of Terry. I know he is singing on the streets gold! I’m sure Nannie has made her song request by now! We love y’all!

  14. Robbie Evans (Chance)
    April 25, 2021 9:45 am

    Terry, I am so glad I got to see you last week. When you saw me, I saw that twinkle in your eyes, the one so many know about you, and when you raised your arms for a hug, that meant so much..You have always been such a wonderful, real person and friend. We all really got close being young parents and having our kids play together . Travis got choked up when he recalled several stories when he stayed with you and Teresa as a young boy as Brandon’s friend. He wanted to call you and tell you but the timing wasn’t right recently so telling us the other day I know you heard those stories he will always cherish.
    With time and distance between us . I have learned so much more about you by reading all of your friends beautiful comments and stories above. I am overwhelmed but not surprised, at all the wonderful ways you touched so many lives. Our family’s prayers are with you and your family. I will always be here for Teresa and the kids as I know so many others will too, so you can rest In peace Terry. You will always be in our hearts. Love and miss you already.

  15. Randy Chance
    April 25, 2021 7:21 pm

    Our prayers are with the entire family. May he Rest In Peace.
    Randy & Nellie Chance
    Port Arthur Texas

  16. Mark and Brenda Levin
    April 26, 2021 8:45 am

    Thoughts and prayers to Teresa and the entire Safer family. Terry was a friend and business associate who positively impacted all those around him. From his endearing smile to his boundless sense of humor, we always enjoyed our times together. You left us far too early, my friend. You will be missed.

    Mark and Brenda Levin

  17. John Vannucci
    April 26, 2021 9:01 am

    I got to know Terry on a professional basis. I quickly realized that he was a special person who made a positive impact on all who came in contact with him. I loved his stories, and hearing about his musical career. He will be sorely missed.

  18. Will Lunsford
    April 26, 2021 11:52 am

    God’s grace and peace to you during this time.

  19. Teresa Merrell
    April 26, 2021 12:59 pm

    I will always remember your laugh. You are deeply missed. Praying for the family.

  20. Nan Willis
    April 26, 2021 2:42 pm

    Terry’s laugh will always be one of the fondest memories I will carry with me. I also call it a pleasure to have known him and worked with him at Lightning Source. Prayers for your family.

  21. Woody Einecker
    April 26, 2021 5:37 pm

    In one’s lifetime, you only run across a handful of people that you meet through business that develop into true friends. In working for Terry for eleven years, that bond got stronger and stronger with each passing year. He wasn’t physically larger than life, but he was larger than life nonetheless. His laugh that could light up a room. His incredible stories that he spun with such detail and emotion. His love for a good prank. I count myself among the many that were blessed to know him. He left an awesome family behind, and it is for those good people that I extend my prayers and sympathies.

  22. Farrah Burgett
    April 27, 2021 4:40 pm

    Prayers and thoughts are with you all during this very difficult time. May Terry’s wonderful memories soothe your heart each time you think of him now and forever.

  23. Cindy Post Brown
    April 28, 2021 1:09 am

    My sincere condolences to all of the Safer family. I will always remember enjoying hearing Terry and Randy sing together as will many classmates of mine. Heaven now has a beautiful new voice added to their choir. Terry will be missed…

  24. Renee Rogers Adkins
    May 1, 2021 11:07 am

    Prayers are being sent your way. Terry was a wonderful person and friend. He had voice like an angel. So many great high school memories. I’m blessed to be able to call him my friend. Lots of hugs to the family. RIP my dear friend.

  25. Carter Holliday
    May 2, 2021 10:12 am

    Remembering Terry’s infectious laugh continues to bring a smile. I hope that his voice and laugh remain with me forever. He was a great person and will be sorely missed. Sending my thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.

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