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Donald Ward Golden, 86

Donald Ward Golden, 86, passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family, on Jan. 23, 2023. He was born in McMinnville, to the late Ward and Jane Golden. He graduated from McMinnville Central High School and Vanderbilt University, where he received a degree in civil engineering.

Don married the love of his life, Bettye Parsley Golden, in 1955 and moved to Nashville, where he began working for Bush Building Company. He later became the owner and built water treatment plants all over the southeast and multiple masonry projects throughout downtown Nashville. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a deacon at Una Church of Christ for many years and a member at Hillsboro Church of Christ for 25 years.

Don had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. Whether he was in church, in chorus, or with his siblings at their monthly get-togethers, you could always hear his wonderfully rich and expressive bass voice, resonant and full.

Don is survived by his beloved wife, Bettye Parsley Golden; daughter, Elisha Golden Zander (Jeff); son, Gregory Ward Golden (Lynn); grandchildren, Christopher Michael Golden (Sanny), Halle Rose Zander, Nathan Gregory Golden, Natalie Elizabeth Golden; and one great-grandchild, Lane Christopher Golden. He is also survived by brothers, Jeffrey and Jerry (Donna) Golden; and sisters, Janell Hawkins (Billy) and Nancy Womack

(Gary); as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be at Woodlawn-Roasch-Patton Funeral home at 660 Thompson Ln, Nashville, TN 37204, at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. Visitation with the family will be from 1-3 p.m.

Southern Standard

(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 1, 2023