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Gale Leo Hearn

• Updated Jun 22, 2014 at 12:31 AM

Mr. Hearn, age 81, of Lebanon, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Preston and Hilma Irene Hearn.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Margie Hearn; son, Matthew G. (Mary) Hearn, of Nashville; daughter, Lisa Hearn (Aubrey) Johnson III, of Georgia; brother, Max (Lorraine) Hearn of Texas; sister, Wanda (Jerry) Johnson, of Louisiana; grandchildren, Aubrey (Angela) Johnson IV, Matt (Kathi) Johnson, William (Kristen) Johnson, Jackson and Sam Hearn; great-grandchildren, Luke, Abby and Levi Johnson, Margie Johnson and Ari Johnson.

A USAF command pilot who flew more than 100 combat reconnaissance missions in the Vietnam War, he retired after 22 years of service at the rank of colonel. Mr. Hearn was a longtime elder at College Hills Church of Christ and former owner and manager of Kentucky Fried Chicken in Pulaski.

Funeral services for Mr. Hearn will be held Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Partlow Funeral Chapel with visitation Monday, June 23, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the service. Dr. Larry Locke will officiate, and interment with military honors will follow at 2 p.m. in the Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers, and the elders and wives of College Hills Church of Christ will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the College Hills Church of Christ Jail Ministry, Hearthside and Next Step Resource Center.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements, 615-444-7007, obit line 615-444-7700, partlowchapel.com.