Published: September 22, 2007
Whitney Stegall, age 91, of Murfreesboro, Tn. died September 21, 2007.
He was born in Rockvale, Tn. and was the son of the late B. D. & Nannie May Love Stegall. He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Orene Cowan Stegall, a brother, Goodwin Stegall and a sister, May Love Stegall Gale.
He is survived by his sister, Adelyn Stegall Stevenson and her husband, Dr. Jim Stevenson of Atlanta, Ga., his children, Whitney Stegall, Jr. and his wife Sherry H. Stegall of Brentwood, Tn. and Amy Stegall Swartz and her husband Dr. Kevin M. Swartz, Murfreesboro; four grandchildren, Shannon W. Swartz, Benjamin P. Swartz, Sabrina L. Stegall and Sydney C. Stegall; five nieces and one nephew and countless Stegall and Stegall relatives whom he all loved and cherished.
Funeral services will be at 4 pm Wednesday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. W. Garie Taylor and Rev. Michael O’Bannon officiating. Visitation with the family will be after 1 pm Wednesday at First United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery.
Whitney Stegall attended elementary and high school in Rockvale and Murfreesboro. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University (then known as Middle Tennessee State College) in 1937.
He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and the United States Army-4025th Signal Service Group of the Signal Corp. He was honorably discharged after suffering severe burns on the island of Luzon in the Philippines during World War II.
He attended Vanderbilt Law School and graduated in the class of 1950.
He was a high school teacher, coach, attorney, State Senator from 1965-1966, Chancellor for Rutherford and Cannon County for 16 years and Circuit Judge.
While serving as a State Senator in 1965, Stegall introduced legislation to change MTSC to the designation of University (MTSU). Whitney Stegall drafted the legal paperwork and along with two other graduates and two faculty members of MTSU, they formed and initially funded a charitable organization to benefit the University, which is known as the MTSU Foundation.
The State of Tennessee was always at the forefront of his mind and early in his legal career he worked closely with the Murfreesboro Chamber of Commerce to attract many of the industries that contributed to the continuing prosperous growth of the area. He was a member and former past President of the Murfreesboro Kiwanis Club as well as a member of the Rockvale Masonic Lodge. He was a life long member of the Methodist Church and for the past 50 years has attended the First United Methodist Church. He wanted everyone to benefit from education and memorials in memory of Whitney Stegall may be made to the Stegall Educational Foundation , 107 North Maple Street, Murfreesboro, Tn. 37130 or Middle Tn. State University Foundation or Vanderbilt Law School. Woodfin Memorial Chapel 615-893-5151 www.woodfinchapel.com