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 William Monroe “Bill” Harlan

William Monroe “Bill” Harlan

Death 16 Mar 2017 (aged 90)
Burial Williamsport, Maury County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 177500272 · View Source
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William Monroe "Bill" Harlan, 90, long-time resident of Roberts Bend Road, died Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Harbor View Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1:00 P.M. at Oakes & Nichols Funeral Home with Steven Holt and Ken Harlan officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church Cemetery with military honors provided by the Herbert Griffin American Legion Post #19. The family will visit with friends Tuesday 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. and Wednesday from 12:00 P.M. until service time at the funeral home.

The family suggests memorials to Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, c/o Melissa Greer, 1920 Ivy Court, Columbia, TN 38401. Condolences may be extended online at

Bill was born in Monroe, Louisiana on July 24, 1926 to the late James "Jim Harlan and the late Ducie Mayfield Harlan. He and his parents later moved to Columbia, Tennessee; where he received his education at Concord School and Columbia Central High School. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Germany and the Korean Theater. He worked at Production Credit Association and was a life-long farmer.
Mr. Harlan was a long-time member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church. On December 3, 1950 at Mt. Nebo he married Mary Lee Bell who preceded him in death May 11, 2003.

Survivors include his son, William Kenneth Harlan of Memphis; daughters, Pam (Don) Thurman and Pattie (Gary) Holt both of Columbia; sister, Eloise (Larry) Cheatham of Columbia; brother, Pete (Sue) Harlan of Columbia; grandchildren, Kimberly (Andy) Coates, Kyle Thurman, Brian Holt, Steven (Kaycee) Holt, Hunter (Britney Stephenson) Harlan, and Haley Harlan; great grandchildren, Addison Coates, Andrew Coates, Alexia Holt, Ainsley Holt, and Jackson Holt; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Frank) Thomas of Columbia; Jane Jones of Mt. Pleasant; Helen Bell of Columbia; brother-in-law, Jimmy Grimmett; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Irma Ruth Harlan; in-laws, Lewis and Nora Bell; Billy Stutts; Virginia and Glenn Tallent; James Thomas and Lena Bell; Billie and Arnell Kincaid; L.C. Bell; Lounora Grimmett; and Joe and Linda Bell.

Active pallbearers will be Kyle Thurman, Brian Holt, Steven Holt, Hunter Harlan, Gregg Dabney, Harlan Dabney, James Harlan, Buddy Harlan, and Garrick Jones. Honorary pallbearers include Jonas Eldred, Mike Clark, Frankie Rowe, Frank Allen and Barbara Thomas, Jane Jones, Jimmy Grimmett, Helen Bell, all of his Bell and Harlan nieces and nephews, and past and present members of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church.

Columbia Daily Herald 19 Mar 2017.


1930 Census, taken 8 Apr 1930, has James C Harlan, 33, bridge construction foreman, married at 29 to Ducie, 30, married at 26, living in Merryville, Beauregard County, LA. They have a son William M, 3y 9m.

1940 Census, taken 10 Apr 1940, has Jim Harlan, 43, laborer at Monsanto Chemical Co, married to Ducie, 40, living in 2nd Civil District, Maury County, TN. Children are: William, m, 13; Irma, f, 8; James, m, 6; and Eloise, f, 2.

Tennessee Marriage Records has William Monroe Harlan, 24, born 24 Jul 1926, and Mary Lee Bell, 22, born 26 Dec 1927, both from Columbia, Maury County, TN, married on 3 Dec 1950 in Maury County.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Monroe “Bill” Harlan (24 Jul 1926–16 Mar 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 177500272, citing Mount Nebo Cemetery, Williamsport, Maury County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Ron Johnson (contributor 48035319) .