David Bennett Medlin


David Bennett Medlin, 39, of Nashville, died suddenly on Sept. 22, 2017, during an adventure race in Pennsylvania.

He loved life and lived it deliberately. His greatest joys were his wife and three children, and his large extended family. He loved everything outdoors — hunting, fishing, hiking, kayaking and bicycling. He was a self-taught guitarist and enjoyed picking and singing for family and friends. His quick wit and humor brought joy to all.

He was a 1996 graduate of Battle Ground Academy. He was a top student, especially in Latin and English. He was a two-way starter on the 1995 undefeated state championship football team. He also loved performing in the school musicals. He went to Furman University on an ROTC scholarship and graduated in 2000. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was named Most Outstanding Soldier in his ROTC class. He graduated from Ranger School and joined the 101st Airborne. He was with the 101st in the initial invasion of Iraq and served there from 2003 to 2004, earning the Bronze Star. He left the Army with the rank of major.

He then joined Target Corporation distribution center management in Indiana and Illinois. He next moved to corporate headquarters in Minneapolis. While there he enjoyed entertaining veterans in hospitals. Most recently, he was vice president of Distribution Operations for Tractor Supply Co. in Brentwood.

He was an active member of the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Franklin. He lived a wonderful life — fiercely loyal to family and faith and friends and country.

He is survived by his wife, Laura Sims Medlin; their children: Piper, Deacon and Shelby; his parents, Ron and Brenda Medlin; his sister, Michelle (Michael) Hasty; parents-in-law, Paul and Sharon Sims; brother-in-law, Greg (Gina) Sims; and a well-loved extended family.

Memorial donations may be made to Operation Stand Down Tennessee, or Trout Unlimited.

The funeral will be held at Brenthaven Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 516 Franklin Road, Brentwood, at 2:30 p.m. today, Sept. 29, 2017, followed by a visitation until 5:30 p.m. Committal will be held at Harpeth Hills Memorial Gardens, 9090 Hwy. 100, Nashville, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017.


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