OBITUARY: Roger Dudley Fish


Roger Dudley Fish of Nashville, TN, was born on May 26, 1942, in Nashville, TN, and passed away peacefully on July 31, 2023, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Roger was the son of the late Joseph Dudley and Roberta Jamison Fish.

Roger is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Lydia Lee Cox; beloved daughter, Suzanne Fish (Tate) Thigpen and adored granddaughter, Kathleen; brother, Stanley Jamison Fish; sister-in-law, Betty Cox (Matt) Morrison; brother-in-law, Jimmy (Donna) Cox; nephews, Matt (Jan) Morrison, James (JB) Barnes (Nancy) Cox, and William Lyman (Kim) Cox; his great nephews, Ben Cox, John and Cole Morrison; great nieces, Julia Cox, Savannah, and Jordan Cox; God grandchildren, Barbara and JB Crane, children of Joseph and Margaret Crane; and many special family members and friends.

After graduation from Isaac Litton High School where he received the All-City Nashville Football award, Roger earned a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity and Naval ROTC.

After graduation, he received a commission as an Ensign in the USNR. His first tour of duty was aboard USS Annapolis (AGMR1) as a communication officer and served in the Vietnam War. Prior to discharge from the Navy, he was promoted to lieutenant. While serving in the Navy, Roger enrolled in the University of Memphis Law School and graduated in 1970.

After graduation from law school, he earned a Masters of Law in Tax at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL in 1971. In 1974 Roger was appointed an Assistant District Attorney General, serving in that capacity for 22 years until he retired in 1996. Roger was a longtime member of Otter Creek Church of Christ (OCCC) in Brentwood, TN.

Roger’s strategic plan was simple and successfully executed – “SAIL96”. He dreamed of living a Jimmy Buffet lifestyle and for sixteen years, he and Lydia had great adventures on Tonica sailing the islands in the Caribbean. They were joined by numerous close family and friends as they shared their love for the sea and the island lifestyle. Roger was a certified scuba diver, master gardener, gourmet cook, hunter, water skier, and world traveler. Roger loved the adventure of traveling, especially to Europe.

His family extends their special thanks to the medical staff at Vanderbilt Medical ICU.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Vanderbilt University Gridiron Club, OCCC ministries, including Made in the Streets or Living Waters, or a charity of choice.

Family will receive friends on August 4, 2023, from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Otter Creek Church of Christ followed by a Celebration of Life Service. Private burial will be at Oxford Cemetery in Minor Hill, TN.

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