Jan D. Pyle (1936-2014) passed away at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on January 10, 2014. Jan was a longtime resident of Murfreesboro. She was a native of Oklahoma City, OK and daughter of the late Duard and Elizabeth Stobaugh Pyle. She was also preceded in death by her husband John William Washington and her son John Gomez, IV.
She retired from Rutherford County Schools in 2004 after a distinguished career as a school psychologist, testing coordinator and Supervisor of Services for Intellectually Gifted which came to be known as the Spectrum Program. Today the students who were identified and served through the Spectrum programs have become highly successful around the nation and the world as physicians, lawyers, missionaries, musicians, engineers, and teachers, and in many fields of research and creativity. The sparks she nurtured in them have become shinning lights of achievement and inspiration in large part due to her influence.
Jan was a committed advocate for all gifted children and established the Diane G. Lowe and John Gomez Scholarship for Gifted Students through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee Her leadership in gifted education was recognized at the state level by the Tennessee Association for the Gifted when she received the Jo Patterson Award for Distinguished Service.
Jan is survived by her daughter Diane Gomez Lowe and her husband Robert of Palm Harbor, Florida; brothers Edwin S. Pyle of Nashville and Duard F. Pyle and his wife Anne of Ft. Worth, Texas; and a sister Carolyn Pyle Crepps of Edmond, Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm Monday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel. Reverend John Hinkle will officiate and burial will be in the Washington-Smith Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be from 2:00 until 5:00 pm Sunday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel.
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