Mr. Don Preston, age 77, of the Bellwood Community died peacefully at his Northeast Young Road farm at 12:55 p.m. Saturday afternoon November 24, 2018 from an apparent heart attack.
He had just returned home from having breakfast with the crew at Hardee’s in Carthage on Saturday morning and had carried Mary Jo her lunch from Sav-Way.
Sunday afternoon November 25th graveside services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. by his longtime friend Bro. Jimmy Gregory. Burial followed in the family plot at the Goshen Cemetery on Goshen Road in Wilson County with over 200 people present for the services.
It was Mr. Preston’s request to be buried the next day after his death if possible.
Born Ed Donald Preston in the Grant Community on September 29, 1941, he was one of three children of the late Monroe Preston who died August 7, 1980 at the age of 64 and Delia Frances Baker Preston who died October 21, 2012 at the age of 89.
On August 16, 1980 in the New Middleton Community he was united in marriage to Bellwood Community native, the former Mary Jo Young.
Mr. Preston was a 1960 graduate of Gordonsville High School.
He, with his wife, attended the Immanuel Baptist Church in Lebanon.
They were avid horsemen and enjoyed riding and caring for quarter horses. When they married they owned a farm in Holleman Bend in the Granville Community where they cared for their horses.
Mr. Preston retired in 1997 following over a twenty seven year career as service manager with Smith County Motor Co.
He proudly served our country with the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged on July 24, 1963 at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey with the rank of Airman 3rd Class.
Surviving in addition to his wife of over thirty eight years are two children, Debbie Taylor of Brush Creek, Cindy Terry and husband Dr. Roy Terry of the Bellwood Community; four grandchildren, Kyleigh Grace Roberts, Joe Braydon Roberts, Nicholas Taylor and Paige Nixon; sister, Shirley Mayton of Gordonsville; brother, Larry Dale (Squirrel) Preston and wife Brenda also of Gordonsville.
SANDERSON of CARTHAGE