Retired U.S. Postal Service employee Granville Wesley McMahan, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 7 after a brief illness.
A lifelong member of Shady Grove Church of Christ and longtime song leader at that congregation, McMahan was a U.S. Army veteran posted in Germany and state-side, and served some 30 years as rural letter carrier in the Morrison area. Survivors include his widow, Violet Bryan McMahan of Morrison.
“Mr. McMahan was the model of a Christian gentleman,” said Morrison Mayor Sue Anderson. “Our community, Tennessee and the United States have lost a most noble and caring citizen.
“Respect among your peers has to be earned; it’s not granted or transferable. Granville McMahan earned everybody’s respect,” Anderson continued. “To say he was a fine person is true but short of a complete description. He was a wonderful person.”
McMahan was an avid hunter and gardener, and took pleasure in giving his vegetable and fruit produce to neighbors and to families facing food insecurity. He was fond of Louis Lamour Western novels and crossword puzzles, and was an ardent fan of the Morrison Elementary School Eagles and Warren County High School Pioneer basketball. At home, he spent many hours reading the Bible and studying the precepts and history of holy scripture.
In addition to his widow, he is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Denise and Hugh Hillis of Morrison, Monti and Jim Hillis of McMinnville, and Melody and Sam Warbington of Birmingham, Ala.; sisters Clara McAfee of McMinnville; Mildred Prater of Morrison; and Johnnie Cooper and Polly Light, both of Muncie, Ind.; grandchildren Lindsey Hillis Matheny and husband Bryan, Tyler Hillis and wife Jenna, and Wesley Caroline Hillis, all of McMinnville; Cody and Caleb Hillis of Sparta; Barton Granville Hillis of Bowling Green, Ky., and Zach Warbington of Birmingham, Ala. Also surviving are great-grandchildren, Breelyn Hillis-McGee, Ella Claire Matheny and Hudson Hillis, all of McMinnville.
He was preceded in death by parents John Wesley and Zora Ann Dodd McMahan; sisters Myrtle Bailey, Laura McAfee, Viola Ramsey and Connie Prater; and brothers Lloyd and Walter McMahan.
The family will receive visitors today from 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1 p.m. at Central Funeral Home, 2812 Hillsboro Highway, Manchester. Mr. McMahan’s grandsons will serve as officiants at the funeral home chapel, and interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery in Coffee County.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Dec. 9, 2011