Funeral 2 pm Monday for long-time downtown businessman Clyde Fussell Jr.

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Clyde Fussell Jr.

Clyde Fussell Jr.

A funeral service for long-time downtown Dickson businessman and former Friendly Neighbor Time host Clyde Fussell Jr. will be held Monday at Dickson Funeral Home. Mr. Fussell died Saturday at the age of 85. Born in Dickson, Herman Clyde Fussell Jr. operated the family owned Dickson Furniture Co. at the corner of College and Main streets in downtown Dickson for over 40 years. After attending Dickson County schools, Columbia Military Academy and David Lipscomb High School, Mr. Fussell volunteered for the U.S. Air Force in 1950, serving four years including two years stationed in Guam. Following his service, he returned to Dickson where he joined parents Fanny Goodall Leathers and Herman Clyde Fussell Sr. in the operation of the furniture store. After his mother’s passing and his father’s retirement, Mr. Fussell took over ownership of the store and continued to operate it until it closed in 1998 after 74 years in business. Mr. Fussell attended Walnut Street Church of Christ his entire life, where he served as a deacon for decades. He was a volunteer with the Cub Scouts, receiving the Long Rifle Award, and served as a member and on the boards of several civic organizations. For several years he was a weekly host of Friendly Neighbor Time on WDKN. Visitation with the Fussell family will be 12-2 pm Monday at Dickson Funeral Home. A funeral service is set for 2 pm Monday in the chapel of Dickson Funeral Home at 209 East College St. with Steve Baggett officiating. Entombment will follow in the Union Cemetery Mausoleum. Mr. Fussell is survived by his wife, Mary Lynne Fussell; three children, Keith Baugus Fussell, Thomas Clyde Fussell and Sarah Ellen Beatty; five grandchildren, Joshua Keith Fussell, Joanna Hillary Fussell, Joel McDowell Fussell, Emma Craig Fussell and Avery Dean Fussell. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sisters and his wife and mother of his children, Carey Baugus Fussell.

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