OBITUARY: Mary Barbara Pardue


Mary Barbara Pardue, known affectionately as “Bobbie” by her family, peacefully departed this life surrounded by love on May 9th, 2024.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Grey Pardue and Margaret Stephens Pardue, and her sister, Margaret “Maggie” Elizabeth Pardue Pirtle.

Barbara is survived by her devoted niece, Katherine “Katie” Pirtle Morel (Felix), and nephew, Raymond Daniel Pirtle, both of Nashville, TN. She also leaves behind her great nephew, Felix “Hutch” Hutchison Morel, and great-niece, Margaret “Mamie” Sutherland Morel, also of Nashville, TN.

Born on November 24th, 1944, in Owensboro, Kentucky, Barbara’s family relocated to Nashville following the Second World War. She received her education at St. Patrick and St. Edward Catholic Schools before graduating from St. Bernard Academy in 1962. Following high school, Barbara pursued her passion for nursing, obtaining her degree from St. Mary in Knoxville, TN. She served as a nurse in the National Air Guard, where she cherished the memories of her adventures and travels around the world.

For nearly four decades, Barbara dedicated herself as a loyal nurse to the esteemed Nashville physician, Dr. James Callaway. Patients often encountered her in public, treating her as an extension of their own families. Upon Dr. Callaway’s retirement, Barbara continued her nursing career at Heritage Medical and later in the medical review department at Cigna Healthcare until her retirement. She embraced the Greek Orthodox faith in her later years, finding solace and community at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Barbara volunteered countless hours at the church’s annual Greek Festival, baking, cooking, and offering sanctuary tours.

Throughout her life, Barbara cherished the bonds of friendship she cultivated, whether from childhood, high school, work, neighbors, or church. Each relationship held a special place in her heart. However, it was her love for Hutch and Mamie that brought her the greatest joy. She delighted in entertaining them every Saturday with games, Legos, books, and outings to Target and Wendy’s. Barbara will forever be remembered for her radiant smile and infectious laughter. Though she has departed this world, Barbara’s legacy of love and kindness will endure in the hearts of all who knew her.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to Barbara’s friends and the staff at Clarendale at Bellevue Place for their unwavering love and support during her final years.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 16th, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox, located at 4905 Franklin Pike. Following the service, remains will be interned at Woodlawn Memorial Park at 660 Thompson Lane at 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Overbrook Catholic School, Gentiva Hospice, or a charity of your choice in Bobbie’s honor.


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