William (Bill) F. Fleet, Jr., age 84, of Brentwood, Tennessee, died March 22, 2018.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn (Woodard) Fleet; children William Fleet, III (Lynne), Catherine Nash (Wesley), Patricia Hayes (Mike); and grandchildren Carter Fleet, Taylor Fleet, Jacob Nash, Leigh Nash, Jennie Catherine Nash, Chandler Nash, Jesse Emery (Kinsey) and Anna Hayes.
After graduating from Vanderbilt University Medical School, Bill enjoyed a successful career in medical research and as a pediatrician, working in Philadelphia, Sweden, and The National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He joined the faculty of Vanderbilt University Medical School in 1964 where he taught and conducted research for 9 years. In 1973, he established Rivergate Pediatrics, which included 5 physicians when he retired in 1998. He
received a number of awards for professional excellence.
Bill enjoyed many hobbies including sailing, woodworking, croquet, gardening and writing. He wrote 3 books that reflect his storytelling and sense of humor and also wrote a weekly column in the Brentwood Home Page.
Bill was a member of Brentwood United Methodist Church for 52 years and served in a number of leadership roles and areas of service.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 26, 2018, at Brentwood United Methodist Church. Funeral Service is at 11:30 a.m. Burial will be at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brentwood United Methodist Church, Church Finance Office, 309 Franklin Road, Brentwood, TN 37027; or GraceWorks Ministries, 104 Southeast Parkway, Suite 100, Franklin, TN 37064.
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