[Update]: Arrangements For Nashville Music Industry Executive Bob Heatherly


A celebration of life for late industry executive Bob Heatherly will be held in Nashville on Monday, July 17 at 4:00 pm at Green Door Gourmet’s Grand Barn (7007 River Road Pk).

Burial will take place in Arkansas, with arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home in Newport, Ark. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday, June 23, 5:30-7:00 p.m. Graveside services are 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 24 at Remmel-McCall Cemetery. Details here.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the T.J. Martell Foundation, 1114 17th Ave. S., Suite 101, Nashville, TN, 37212.

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Beloved longtime Nashville industry executive Bob Heatherly has passed away. The well-known industry personality spent years working at various labels in town including positions at Columbia Records and as VP/Sales & Promotion at Atlantic Records prior to joining country legend Charley Pride in launching Music City Records. Prior to retiring, Heatherly served as President and CEO of the indie label.

Heatherly is survived by his wife Laura and could often be found by her side as she worked tirelessly on behalf of the T.J. Martell Foundation in its efforts to discover groundbreaking cancer research and patient treatments. The Newport, Arkansas, native called Nashville his home for over 40 years, and a celebration of life service will be held in Nashville at a later date which will be announced. A family service is being held at Jackson Funeral Home in Arkansas.


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