William Thomas "Billy" Moreland

Born in Hickory, Kentucky on June 3, 1944

Departed on May 11, 2018 and resided in Springfield, Tennessee

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William Thomas “Billy” Moreland, age 73 of Springfield transitioned from this life to next on May 11, 2018 surrounded by his family.

Billy was the first-born son of the late Reverend Bill Moreland and Frances Moreland Lawson.

Billy survived many moves during his childhood as a Southern Baptist preacher’s son.  In many ways he was a typical boy who enjoyed playing baseball, working on his aunt’s farm, and playing in a band. After graduating from Springfield High School in 1962, Billy was drafted into the Vietnam War where he served as a Military Policeman and a front gunner on a PBR boat. Later on, his service would connect him with a community of men and women that would become his family.

Once he was home, Billy completed his education with a double major in Accounting and Architecture at Austin Peay State University and then graduated from LSU’s Banking School. After college he began his banking career and eventually rose through the ranks to President of First National Bank in Springfield.  But that wasn’t all he did to earn a living; you might have seen him at Electrolux working 3rd shift, at the former Springfield Country Club as the Manager, at the local car wash cleaning bays and collecting quarters or even opening the door as he greeted you at Robertson County Funeral Home.

Billy loved his community and could be found coaching his son’s baseball and basketball teams and was an avid Band Booster in support of his daughter.  He was an active member at Eastland Heights Baptist Church and a deacon for many years.  He also served the broader Robertson County community through volunteer work as Rotary Club President and as a Paul Harris Fellow.  Billy also traveled with the Disaster Relief program through the Southern Baptist Association to other communities when needed.  When he wasn’t serving in these ways you could find him fishing, golfing, gardening, or bowling.  In more recent years Billy found a brotherhood with the local VFW 2120.

The family is grateful for the professionalism, care, and compassion shown to them by all the nurses at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.  With each stay Billy would erase the daily goal and re-write “Be happy or Make someone else happy.”

He is survived by his loving wife Melody Moreland; children, Kelly (Brian Jones) Moreland Jones and Brad (Veronica “Nikki”) Moreland and their mother, Peggy Moreland; step-children, Chris Dean and Andrew (Erin Bloom) Dean; grandchildren, Tucker Jones, Beau Jones, Harper Moreland, Emme Moreland and Mallory Dean; sister, Jean (David) Dorris and Oscar, Ana, Jacob, Ruth, and Raquel Hernandez that became family over the last few years.

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, May 17th in the Rotunda at Middle Tennessee Veterans Cemetery: 7931 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN 37221 with Bro Joe Eden and Bro David Royalty officiating with the burial to follow. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 16th from 2pm until 6pm at Springfield Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to VFW Post 2120 2730 US-41, Greenbrier, TN 37073 or to St Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.

These arrangements were entrusted to Springfield Memorial Gardens, Funeral Home and Cremation Center: 4005 Memorial Blvd Springfield, TN 37172 www.springfieldfh.com.

22 Comments to Mr. William Thomas "Billy" Moreland

  1. Stephen Sanders
    May 14, 2018 8:28 pm

    As many times as we rolled his house while we were iin high school, he should have shot us lol. Grateful to call you brother in Christ and the U.S. Army. Til Valhalla sir!

  2. Ann Moreland Phelps
    May 14, 2018 9:45 pm

    So very sorry for family’s loss. Prayers for each one of you as you go through this time of sorrow. It is a blessing to know he is with his Lord and Savior now. He is having a great reunion with all that have gone on before him.

  3. ken gamble
    May 14, 2018 9:46 pm

    WE were brothers , we are brothers , we will forever be brothers I give you a slow salute but my final salute will be when we met again at the gate see you soon my brother.

  4. Lynda Rosson Ellis
    May 14, 2018 10:37 pm

    Will miss you “Pig”

  5. Jackie Adams
    May 15, 2018 12:13 am

    I worked with him many years and thought the world of him – he will be missed – he was the best boss ever!!!!
    So sad he is gone but glad for no more pain! Im sure he is up there drinking his coffee, smiling and patting someone he hasnt seen in the while on the back!!!

  6. Nancy Williams Lewis
    May 15, 2018 12:56 am

    Those we love who pass away live on in us through our memories and our character. Sending my love to Kelly Brad, Jean, and Peggy.

  7. Sandra Keith Berrang
    May 15, 2018 2:57 am

    I remember Billy at different places around Springfield. He always had a smile on his face. I’m so sorry for your loss, my prayers for comfort and peace as you and the family go through this.🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  8. John Nicholson
    May 15, 2018 5:26 am

    I cannot begin to estimate the hours Bill and I spent together at Austin Peay,First National Bank,hunting,fishing,and golfing together. My deepest sympathy to the family. May he rest in peace.

  9. Mark Henderson
    May 15, 2018 8:01 am

    I enjoyed fishing with you billy there was never a dull moment when you were there. In parting there was always a hug and you didn’t mind telling a brother you loved him. You were and are loved as well. Will miss that laugh and smiling face but I know heavens better with you there. Hope to see you soon.

  10. Patricia Searcy
    May 15, 2018 8:49 am

    So sorry to hear of his passing but glad he is pain free. We worked together at the bank for 5 years. He will be missed.

  11. Gina Osborne
    May 15, 2018 11:47 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Melody and Family. Richie &Gina Osborne and Sue Batey

  12. Melonie Birdwell
    May 15, 2018 12:40 pm

    I am so sorry to hear about Billy’s passing. Billy hired me in to banking in 1980 and I am still here. He was a wonderful employer and I enjoyed our many years of working together. Rest In Peace, Billy.

  13. Paul Dusky
    May 15, 2018 1:33 pm

    So sorry for your loss, I will always remember Billy as a friend, confidant, mentor and brother in Christ. My prayers for the entire family.

  14. Chuck "hyphen" Head
    May 15, 2018 2:18 pm

    Billy Moreland helped me make something of my life. From the 1st time I met him at Eastland Heights as a teenager, through college and into life as an adult, he was a friend and a mentor.

    It is hard to believe that he could affect so many young boys’ life and help them become good men. When we last spoke, he called me “one of his boys”. That was as good a compliment as I will ever get. I pray for peace for Billy’s family and comfort from God.

  15. Jim Raines
    May 15, 2018 6:22 pm

    Brad, I consider myself fortunate to have been friends with both you and your dad. He was a kind person who generoulsy gave of himself for his family, friends, and community. Bill was a special person and I know you and Kelly will miss him. Please extend my sincerest condolences to all family members.

  16. Patricia A Hallman
    May 16, 2018 8:15 am

    My deepest Sympathy to his Family and Friends. Never saw Billy without a smile. RIP Billy.

  17. Theresa Harrington
    May 16, 2018 10:30 am

    He was a good person always smiling and talking to someone. He never meet a stranger. He will be missed . So sorry for your loss.

  18. Laura Snyder Brown
    May 16, 2018 10:43 am

    Thank you, Lord, for the gift of Billy Moreland, for the reflection of Your love and kindness that he showed to us. Thank you for the good memories and the positive influence he had on those around him. Please bring us your peace and comfort as we grieve his loss and celebrate his life, until we all meet together again in your Presence. Amen

  19. Bill Gorrell
    May 16, 2018 2:30 pm

    Gonna miss you WT. The fishing trips and breakfast. The closest brother I have ever had. We sure drank a lot of coffee.

  20. Debbie Russell
    May 16, 2018 8:33 pm

    Thanks for being such a great neighbor and friend, Mr. Bill. Bo and I think the world of you and will miss you dearly until we meet again. Rest easy.

  21. Misty Williamson
    May 16, 2018 11:09 pm

    Brad & Kelly, I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. Even though I haven’t seen him in some time, I will always remember him with a smile on his face. My prayers to you both 🙏🏻.

  22. Tarry n Bonnie Mueller
    May 17, 2018 1:21 pm

    He was a man you had to meet only once to like, love and never forget him!
    That was the impression he made on me and I’m sure many others!!
    We have very heavy 💕
    Prayers and thoughts Melody, for you and your family!

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