Alice McCulloch (1926-2014)

Alice McCulloch had been a part of the Mt. Juliet church of Christ for almost all her life. Her parents, who were living in Nashville when she was born, purchased a farm in Mt. Juliet in 1929. She grew up on this farm as the oldest of four children, all of which are usually seen in our pews at MJ every week; Robert (Bob) and Guy Jones and Evelyn Force. Being the oldest, she was the responsible one. This was a role she fulfilled throughout her whole life. Growing up working the farm instilled a strength and work ethic that engulfed her life. This no doubt helped her be a well-rounded teenager driven to succeed at all she did. For example, her and Evelyn could be found on the tractor and combine one day, scoring points on the MJ High Schools girls’ basketball team the next day, and on Saturday helping their aunt in a dress shop in downtown Nashville. Needless to say, Alice was driven. She was driven to score on the basketball floor and to make top grades in school, graduating as Salutatorian. She was a beautiful woman who as a high school student was voted the Prettiest Girl each year. When she was out and about she was always prim and proper, but when she was at home working, she would say, this is the real me.

After high school Alice attended Nashville Business College. She continued to play women’s basketball doing very well. Also, during this time of life she married a good man, Nabe McCulloch, whom she had known since fifth grade.  While he was serving in the Merchant Marines they decided to marry. They drove to Franklin, Kentucky to elope not telling anyone when they returned so that she would be allowed to continue living in the single women’s dorm in Nashville!

Later, after the war, when they were able to live in Mt. Juliet, Alice worked during the day to help repair the little house they had bought. Her father-in-law, Johnnie, helped her. She was right there each day whether it was roofing or painting or anything in between. She also was driven in professional work as she spent much of her career in management positions at The Bank of Mt Juliet. The building is still standing next to the railroad tracks beside Sellars Funeral Home. Later she really enjoyed working with her late son, Jere, who was an attorney. Alice truly loved her family. Once, Evelyn and Alice were talking about Evelyn doing research in genealogy. Alice said, “I don’t really care where we came from – but I do care about where my boys are going.” Jere, Guy, and Dale were blessed with a great mother who loved them dearly. One of the big family events she and Nabe hosted was the family Pumpkin Carving Party. The Jones side of the family would come over for pumpkin carving along with a big hayride, bat game, wiener roast and marshmallow roast! On other occasions in the year she would host a Cookie Caper! Needless to say, it was a delicious event!

The greatest blessing for her husband and sons was the fact that Alice loved her Lord. She grew up in a home with a mother and father who were faithful to the Lord and His church. As youth she and Evelyn were baptized the same day during a Gospel Meeting at Mt Juliet by the preacher from Old Hickory. They were immersed in the “baptismal hole” in the Creek that runs beside our church building. The hole was just north of the closed bridge that is still there. Upon her passing one of our members said, she was my favorite Sunday school teacher!

What a blessing Alice has been to our church family, her family and the Mt. Juliet community. We miss her dearly, but through faith believe she has finished her race as a victor! Glory be to God. To all the family we offer our prayers and sympathy. You are loved.