OBITUARY: Peggy Louise Sullivan McMurtry


Peggy Louise Sullivan McMurtry, age 80, of Castalian Springs, TN passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny L. McMurtry, her parents, Minnie Sullivan Whiteside and Lewis K. Sullivan.

Peggy is survived by her sister, Gloria (Jimmy) Sullivan Highers, her niece, Kim Cella, St. Louis, MO, two nephews, Chris Highers and Jamie Highers, of Murfreesboro, and two great nieces, Katharine Cella Fash (Billy), and Annabelle Cella, St. Louis, MO. She was also adored by many of Johnny’s family.

Peggy was an active member of The First Presbyterian Church in Gallatin, TN. She and Johnny loved to travel and visited many countries around the world. She was the former owner of Rivergate Travel.

Johnny was a farmer, who Peggy married while still a senior at Gallatin High. Peggy loved helping him and being by his side on the farm. They raised a huge garden every year and enjoyed giving vegetables and corn to the neighbors, family, and friends. Peggy also loved growing flowers and taking pictures. Peggy always said they had an idyllic life in Castalian Springs.

Peggy grew up on the banks of the Cumberland River on Coles Ferry Road. She wrote many endearing stories about her wonderful times there. Living in a large log home with grandparents and parents, she cherished her memories and her life on the River.

Her devoted cousin, Sandra Hesson, was a great comfort to her during her recent illness.

Pallbearers will be Chris Highers, Jamie Highers, Louis Hall, John Demonbreun, Frank Stasek, and Larry Estes.

Visitation will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 167 W. Main St., Gallatin, TN from 12 to 2 PM (local time), March 14, 2023. Funeral will begin at 2.

Burial will be at Crestview Cemetery, Gallatin, TN, on March 14, at 3 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Gallatin, TN, or to the Charity of your choice.

Sellars Family Heritage at Gallatin will oversee arrangements: 615-452-7115. Sellars Family Heritage at Gallatin, 100 E. Albert Gallatin Avenue, Gallatin, TN 37066. 615-452-7115. Obituary line 615-452-5900. E-mail: [email protected].


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