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Loyd Thomas 'Tommy' Nokes Jr.

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Loyd Thomas “Tommy” Nokes Jr., age 77, of Murfreesboro, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013 at his home.

A native of Wilson county, he was the son of the late Loyd Thomas Nokes Sr. and Catherine Nokes. He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law Jacob Lee Christiansen.

Mr. Nokes is survived by his wife, Betty Ruth Nokes; sons, Thomas Eric Nokes and his wife Paula of Dickson, TN and David Ethan Nokes and his wife Shani of Donelson, TN; daughters, Catherine Amanda Van Vactor and her husband Dwain of Murfreesboro, TN and Andrea Ruth Hale of Murfreesboro, TN; sister, Shirley Ann Christiansen of Mt. Juliet, TN; nephew Shawn Christiansen of Mt. Juliet, TN; grandchildren, Andrew Scott Nokes and his wife Allison, Rachel Nokes, Daxton Hale, Elijah Nokes, and Josiah Nokes; great-grandchild, Alexis Nokes.

Funeral service will be 1:00pm Monday at the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, with Rev. Don McElroy, Rev. Terry Cathey, Rev. Nathan Hale, Clark Harrell and Dr. David Freeman officiating.  Burial will be at Wilson County Memorial Gardens in Lebanon.

 Active pallbearers will be B. J. Reich, Kenny Reich, Bobby Johnson, Bob Evans, Kenneth Eskew, Charles Fitch, Shawn Christiansen, and Andrew Nokes. Honorary pallbearers will be LHS Breakfast club, Byron Adams, Rodney English, Frank Garcia, Dwight Manning, and the late William Gunter.

Mr. Nokes was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, a 1953 graduate of Lebanon High School and received his BS degree from MTSU. Mr. Nokes was an Underwriter Specialist with State Farm Insurance Company for 40 years before his retirement in 1995. He was a 33rd Degree mason and a member of Mt. Moriah Lodge # 18 and was adviser to Troop 398 of the Boy Scouts of America for 15 years.  Mr. Nokes was former Director of Music at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Lebanon, TN, Woodbury Road Baptist Church, Southeast Baptist Church, Brinkley Road Baptist Church presently West Wood Baptist Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, and Fosterville Baptist Church in Rutherford County.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice in memory of Mr. Nokes.

Visitation will be 4:00 until 8:00pm Sunday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel and one hour prior to the service on Monday at First Baptist Church of Lebanon.

Woodfin Memorial Chapel. 893-5151. Online condolences may be made at www.woodfinchapel.com.

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