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Bruce Arthur Grider, 78, of Franklin, Tennessee, died at 1 a.m. Sunday at The Hearth at Franklin.
Born March 27, 1939, in Washington, he was the son of Dona Arthur and Bonnie Evelyn (Moore) Grider. He attended Washington High School, where he played varsity baseball, basketball and football. He briefly attended the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated in 1964 from Butler University with degrees in history and political science. He was also a Freemason. Throughout his career in human resources he worked for General Motors, Lord Corporation, Eaton Corporation, and retired from BSAF Corporation as corporate director. He was a tremendous mentor and role model, and coached hundreds of Little League baseball, basketball and football games.
He is survived by his wife, Janet (Blevins) Grider of Franklin; daughter and son-in-law Beth and Gary Brewster of Hickory, Tennessee; sons and daughters-in-law Brian and Celeste Grider of Franklin, and Brad and Dawn Grider of Pfafftown, North Carolina; a brother and sister-in-law Gary and Dora Grider of Colleyville, Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law Connie and Dan Ritterskamp and Pat and Steve Riney, all of Washington; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Gill Funeral Home, Washington. Friends may call from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Sugarland Memory Gardens. Online condolences may be made at www.gillsince1872.com
Published on April 3, 2017
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