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Susan Durham

May 13, 1946 — March 26, 2020

Born in Madison, TN on May 13, 1946 Departed on March 26, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN
Susan Brown Durham

Born in Madison, TN on May 13, 1946

Departed on March 26, 2020 and resided in Gallatin, TN

Susan Durham, age 73, of Gallatin, TN, passed away March 26, 2020, with loved ones by her side at her home in Goodlettsville, TN.

Susan was born May 13, 1946, to the late Billy Dick and Betty Hamilton Brown. Susan is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Carol Brown Maples Herdes; and her nephew Adam Brown. She is survived by her son, Doug Alexander (Ron Snitker) of Nashville, TN; Doug's half-siblings Jennie Alexander and Travis Alexander of Gallatin, TN; her brother Rich Brown (Jane) of Germantown, TN; and her beloved nephews Jim Troutt of Nashville, TN; Richard Brown (Christin) of Dallas, TX; Paul Troutt (Kelly) of Nashville, TN; Jon Troutt (Kristen) of Murfreesboro, TN; and Tristan Maples of Mount Pleasant, SC.

Susan graduated from Gallatin High School and attended Peabody College before graduating with a B.A. in Education from MTSU. Early in her marriage to Tony Alexander, she dedicated her life to raising their son, Doug, as well as service to her church, First Baptist Gallatin, its children's ministries, and music both in and out of the church. Later, she pursued various careers in Real Estate, Banking, Mortgage Brokerage, and, later, Wedding and Special Event Videography, with her second husband, Terry Durham.

Susan was known for her smile, her sense of humor and ability to make others laugh, her caring spirit - always putting others first - and, perhaps most of all, her musical talent. Her first joy was singing in the choir and teaching children's music at First Baptist. She also sang in both choral and solo capacities in many local choruses in the area including the Gallatin Lion's Club Minstrel Show, The Gallatin Community Chorus, and The Hendersonville Community Chorus. In recent years she enjoyed spending time with friends and family, dancing and listening to live music around Middle Tennessee.

A private burial will take place on Monday, March 30, at Sumner Memorial Gardens with Rev. Dr. Ted Hill presiding. This will be followed by a grand public celebration of her life after the public-gathering restrictions are lifted. Details regarding this memorial celebration of her life will be posted on social media when arrangements are made. This will be no sooner than mid-May or perhaps a few months later, depending on the scope and duration of the current public health crisis.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Gallatin High School Choral Music Program, at this website: bit.ly/SusanDurhamMusic .

Alexander Funeral Home & Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be submitted at alexandergallatin.com. (615) 502-0011 Obit Line (615) 502-0555

16 Comments Hap Strunk March 28, 2020 at 10:54 pm - Reply

Very saddened to hear or Susan's passing. She was a funny, classy lady, who was always kind to Tracey and myself.

Doug March 29, 2020 at 3:35 am - Reply

Thanks Hap!

Mary A. Swafford March 29, 2020 at 12:20 am - Reply

Worked with Susan at Hanning Realtors. Praying for the family at this time

Debbie B. Anglin March 29, 2020 at 1:31 am - Reply

Doug, so sorry of the passing of your sweet Mom. My Mom and Dad were Charlie and Rose Brewer and they thought so much of you and all your family. Sending love and prayers to you.

Doug March 29, 2020 at 3:34 am - Reply

Debbie, we all, Mom and the, love you're mom and dad!

Aunt bev and Uncle Ron March 29, 2020 at 11:26 am - Reply

You have our deepest sympathy. I am so sorry about this. She was a fun loving person.

evelyn johnson March 29, 2020 at 5:07 pm - Reply

Dear Doug, We, who loved her, thank you for your informative postings. However, sometimes it takes an obituary to learn of the many talents of a special person. So, we will place her in the column with the beautiful, loved, gifted and talented. If the ideal conception for “end of life” could be written, I believe it would mirror Susan’s. Doug, rest easy knowing that you did your best; Mom was content. Too briefly, a loving friend. Evelyn Johnson

Diane Kirkland March 29, 2020 at 5:38 pm - Reply

Remember all the wonderful years you have spent with her. She goes to our Lord in peace and your will have warmth and joy in your heart.
God bless

Diane Kirkland March 29, 2020 at 5:41 pm - Reply

My love and prayers are with you and my blessings for a beautiful lady. Remember all the wonderful years you have spent with her. She goes to our Lord in peace and your will have warmth and joy in your heart.
God bless

Jon Weidner March 29, 2020 at 8:05 pm - Reply

Doug, We are so sorry. She was always so playful with me from the time I was a Kroger and even after I began working at the funeral home. She was a fun lady and will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,

Jon and Geretta Weidner

Ruth Wright March 29, 2020 at 8:23 pm - Reply

My sympathy to all the Family in the loss of Susan. Doug, your Mom was a lovely person with many friends. She will surely be missed by many. Love and Prayers. God Bless each of you. Ruth Wright

April Dorris March 29, 2020 at 9:51 pm - Reply

So very sorry to hear about Susan We went to school together and I would run into her every once in a while . She was always so pretty and sweet. My thoughts and prayers for you.

Travis Alexander April 2, 2020 at 2:57 am - Reply

Travis Alexander

Glenn Whitefield April 4, 2020 at 10:28 pm - Reply

Susan was very quietly one of the leaders of our GHS class of 1964 and continued to lead all the years after especially with re-unions. While I never did anything to be in her close circle of post high school friends, I believe if asked, she would have replied that we were classmates on very friendly terms. I will miss her smile which seemed to always be on her face and in her interactions with everyone encountered. I and many others will miss her. RIP

Barbara McDougal April 6, 2020 at 12:50 pm - Reply

Wayne and I send our condolences on the loss of your mother. She was such a warm, gracious lady. We had so much fun working with her years ago on the air show. I will miss hearing her laugh.

Beth Hitselberger April 29, 2020 at 2:36 am - Reply

I’m so sorry about your mom droug my mom was one taken care of your grandpa and your aunt to your mom was nice one I’m so sorry for your loss. But she her dad and mom and sister RIP Susan Beth

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