OBITUARY: Bruce Edward Anstey Sr.


Bruce Edward Anstey, Sr., 70, of Nashville, TN passed peacefully Monday, September 26, 2022, surrounded by family and friends.

Known as Grampa to some and “the Candy Man” to the many to whom he gave Fireballs and Smarties, Bruce impacted countless lives with his wit, wisdom, generosity, and love.

Professionally, Bruce was a Certified Property Manager and Commercial Real Estate Broker and a former president of IREM (Institute of Real Estate Management).

Bruce was an active member of Coast Guard Auxiliary and Woodmont Hills Church of Christ where he provided leadership and support to organizations in Ghana, India, Pakistan, and more. Bruce was active in student ministry, prison ministry, homeless ministry, and through the Nashville International Center for Empowerment provided housing assistance to refugees.

Bruce served on the board of Mur-Ci Homes and was a former President and Board member of the Foundation for Christian Education and the Nashville Chapter of Civitan International where he remained active for many years.

Bruce moved to Nashville from Woburn, Massachusetts to attend David Lipscomb University where he met his wife of 49 years, Ruth Hammontree Anstey.

He is survived in death by Ruth, Bruce “Eddie” Anstey, Jr. (son), Amy Anstey (daughter-in law), Mary Katherine Bixler (daughter), Jonathan Wayne Anstey (son), grandchildren (Michael Anstey, Thomas Carie, Pearl Bixler, Indiana Anstey, and Julian Anstey), five siblings (Beryl McGrath, Ron Anstey, Gloria Medeiros, Linda Rose, and Joy Anstey). He is preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Clifton Anstey and Mary Wallington Anstey, and son-in-law, Damon Bixler.

Visitation will be from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022, and Friday, October 7, 2022, followed by a Celebration of Life at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2022. Both will be held at Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, 3710 Franklin Road, Nashville, TN, 37204. A live stream of the Celebration of Life will be available via

Memorial donations may be made to the Nashville International Center of Empowerment, Woodmont Hills Missions Sunday, or to the American Cancer Society.


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