GLEAVES, Margaret Sexton died December 31, 2007

GLEAVES, Margaret Sexton Age 87 of Nashville. December 31, 2007. Preceded in death by husband, James E. Gleaves, a dairy farmer. She was the daughter of the late Powell Bowling and Sadie Dozier Sexton. Survived by son, Dr. James (Millie) Gleaves; daughter, Ann (Rory) Ferrell; brother, Warren Sexton; sister, Jean Sexton. Sister to the late Sarah Callis, Powell Sexton, Jerome Sexton and Freddie Eddings; grandchildren, Elizabeth Gleaves Nassif, Katherine Gleaves, Rebecca Gleaves, Rachel Gleaves and James Tyler Ferrell; great-grandchild, Aliya Gleaves Nassif. She attended Richland Elementary School, graduated 1938 from Bellevue High School and Nashville Business College in 1940. She was a legendary player in the 1940's. An eight time AAU All-American guard who played on five national championship teams. One of the original inductees to Helms Hall of Fame; a 2002 Women's Basketball Hall of Fame inductee; and 2008 Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame inductee. She was an AAU All-American for Bellevue High School in 1938, AAU All-American at Nashville Business College 1939 and 1940, AAU All-American for Vultee Aircraft in 1944 and 1945, AAU All-American for Cooks Gold Blumes from 1946-1949 and named the 1948 MVP for the National AAU Tournament. Started and coached Holy Rosary Academy's Basketball 1965-1969; Member of the Pennington Bend Home demonstration Club, University of Tennessee President's Club, Nashville Chamber of Commerce, Donelson-Hermitage YMCA Board of Directors, Davidson County Farm Bureau Board and Jellystone Campground Board of Directors. Funeral services to be held 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 2008 at Sisters of Mercy Convent, 2629 Pennington Bend Road. The Reverend Joseph Breen officiating. Interment Calvary Cemetery. Pallearers: Robert Strasser, James "Jimbo" Strasser, Randall Abbott, James Bass, Michael Newman, David Newman and Steve Sexton. Honorary Pallbearers: Edward Strasser, Jr., John Burns, Conway Stockton, Jim Eddings, Clyde Hampton, Elmer Whitby and Buc Dozier Jr. Visitation with the family will be 3-8 p.m. Thursday, at Hibbett & Hailey Funeral Home and 9 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the Convent. HIBBETT & HAILEY FUNERAL HOME, 429 Donelson Pike, (615) 883-2361; A Dignity Memorial Provider.

Published in The Tennessean from 1/2/2008 - 1/3/2008.