OBITUARY: Tommy James Hufnagle


Tommy James Hufnagle, age 65, of Madison, Tennessee passed away on Wednesday, May 1, 2024.

Tommy was born to James and Marjorie Hufnagle in Lansing, MI on December 26, 1958, and returned home on May 1, 2024.

He is preceded in death by his parents and survived by many loved ones that will miss him dearly, including his brothers, soulmate, children, and all his grandchildren.

Tommy worked as a finished carpenter when he moved to Madison in the 1990s. He met the love of his life, Valerie Bratcher, in 2005 to whom he would grow older with. He was a brave, kindhearted man that took in 2 daughters as his own. He would later be known as the world’s greatest Pepaw.

Tommy’s final resting place will be a Larkspur Conservation with a peaceful, natural burial taking place there on Thursday, May 16 at 10 am.

What to expect at a natural burial:
Dress for an outdoor hike and wear appropriate shoes.
Use the restroom before you arrive, there is no public toilet or running water.
Carpool to Larkspur – parking is limited.
Plan to arrive 15 minutes ahead of time.
Family and friends will be welcomed at the trailhead by Larkspur staff and volunteers.
The casket or body will be in place at the graveside prior to the arrival of family and friends.
Family and friends will hike up the hill into the nature preserve for the burial ceremony.
Words are shared and the casket or body is lowered into the grave by family and friends.
With guidance the family and friends shovel soil into the grave until it is closed.
Hike away from the graveside and return to your vehicle or explore the preserve.
Leave no trash behind.
Cut flowers are welcome.


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