OBITUARY: Mary Frances Coursey


Mary Frances Coursey, age 97, of Nashville, TN, passed away on July 3, 2024.

Mary was born in Nashville to the late Shannon Bradford Mayfield and Mary Lou Mayfield.

She lived most of her adult life in Donelson, TN. In her youth, she was a social butterfly and loved to roller skate and dance. She was well liked and admired by all. She was a Spelling Bee champion at her high school and later wrote her memoirs of growing up on the home front during World War Two.

She was married to Daniel Coursey and was a staple in the Donelson community. She worked for many years in the law offices of Newman and Sadler as well as doing tax preparation for many. She was an avid bookkeeper and very sharp with tax laws and changes. She went on to sell Avon cosmetics for over 10 years in the Donelson and Hermitage areas. She then got her real estate license and worked for over 30 years as a realtor for Baker Harwell, Joel Riggs and Coldwell Banker Realty offices. She developed a friendship with each client and kept in touch with most for several years after the sale.

Despite being well beyond the typical retirement age, she worked for Flowers by Brookie up until her upper 80s just because she loved working with people. Mary was also known as another mother to many as well. She eagerly volunteered to drive neighborhood kids, friends and school kids all over town for functions because she just loved being a part of their lives.

Mary also volunteered at the VA Hospital in Nashville and had hundreds of hours of volunteer time. She grew up during World War Two as a teenager and had a genuine heart of service for our veterans. Her love of others and country, unstoppable work ethic and genuine regard for all humanity made her a model of the Greatest Generation.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Coursey and her daughter, Karen Eakes.

She is survived by:
Sons – Brad Coursey and John (Kim) Coursey
Grandchildren – Aisha (Casey) Cliburn, Daniel (Katie) Coursey, Andrew Coursey, Shane (Sarah) Eakes, Nina Coursey, and Savannah Coursey
Great Grandchildren – Trey Emmert, Tyler Cliburn, Caleb Eakes, Charlotte Eakes, and Levi Coursey

A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, 2024, at Bond Memorial Chapel with Chris Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Bond Memorial Chapel. Pallbearers will be Daniel Coursey, Andrew Coursey, Shane Eakes, Trey Emmert, Casey Cliburn, Ron Sykes, Jamie Sykes, and Caleb Eakes.

Arrangements by: Bond Memorial Chapel, 1098 Weston Drive, Mt. Juliet, TN. (615) 773-2663,


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