OBITUARY: Carmen Franklin Mangrum Sr.


Carmen Franklin Mangrum Sr., age 94 of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, November 6th, 2022 at Pavilion Senior Living in Lebanon.

He is preceded in death by parents, Maze and Elizabeth Mangrum; brothers, Maze Mangrum Jr. and Freeman Mangrum; brother-in-law, Frank Hazelwood.

He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Geneva Mangrum; children, Debbie (Charlie) Price, Carmen (Barbara) Mangrum Jr., Lee (Cindy) Mangrum; Grandchildren, Rachal (Damon) Dodson, Taylor (Misty) Morris, Jennifer (Tony) Jackson, Carmen Mangrum III, Adam Mangrum, Justin (Dianne) Harris, Anthony (Laura) Dufrene, Abbey Morris; great-grandchildren, Caroline, Jack and Denton Dodson, Akira Wooden, Caden Fakes, Addie Morris, Gabriel and Rebekah Rushing, Kade Hale, Hailey Dufrene, Bella Dinwiddie, Marissa Coley, Tucker Morris; Sister-in-law, Juanita Hazelwood, as well as many other loving family members and friends.

Carmen Mangrum Sr. was born in August of 1928 in Franklin, TN. Before beginning his career, Mr. Mangrum enlisted in the Navy, serving our country in both WWII and the Korean War.

Shortly after returning home from his service, Carmen married the love of his life, Geneva Mangrum and began his education at IBEW local 429’s 4-year electrician apprenticeship program.

After graduating in 1956, Carmen worked as a Journeyman Wireman for several industrial and government projects including TVA, Percy Priest Dam, Old Hickory Dam, Cordell Hull Dam, and Hartsville Nuclear Plant serving as foreman, superintendent, and steward. Mr. Mangrum was devoted to his job and had a love for those he worked alongside.

Aside from the love for his work, he enjoyed camping, rabbit hunting, and visiting the beach. He was a lifelong Vanderbilt football fan and loved going to the games.

Visitation for Mr. Mangrum will be held Wednesday, November 9th from 4-7 PM at The Partee House (233 West Main Street, Lebanon, TN). Services will take place the following day, November 10th, at 11 AM at Berea Church of Christ, with an hour of visitation before. Kevin White will officiate the services. Taylor Morris, Jack Dodson, Denton Dodson, Chris Trusty, Tim Teel, and Donnie Bain will serve as pallbearers, with the Elders and Deacons of Berea Church of Christ serving as Honorary Pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and caregivers at the Pavilion Senior Living and Avalon Hospice.

Partlow Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 615-444-7007,


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