Fred E. Congdon

Fred E. Congdon, age 71 of Gallatin, passed away peacefully September 9, 2020.    He was born on December 2, 1948 in Erwin, TN to the late Fred Hugh and Mildred Erwin Congdon.   He graduated from Unicoi County High School in 1966 and went on to graduate from East Tennessee State University.

From an early age, Fred had an appreciation and love for music.  He was a lifelong musician and performer.   He played in several soul, rock and bluegrass bands and was the co-owner of Rich-R-Tone Records, one of the oldest bluegrass labels in America.   He co-wrote “The Pride of Tennessee” which became an official Tennessee state song in 1996.

Fred was extremely talented in many areas and had a strong entrepreneurial spirit. In Unicoi County, he held several elected positions and from 1990 to 2015, he was the Executive Director for the Association of County Mayors.  He had been an elder of Celebration of Life Church for many years and was currently attending Regeneration Nashville.

Out of the many accomplishments he had in life, the greatest was his family.  He met his beautiful wife, Ernie and they married after knowing each other for two and half months.   They knew right away that they were meant for each other.   They built a life together and his legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren.   Fred had a witty sense of humor and was a captivating storyteller.  He never met a stranger and loved being around people and making new friends.

The most important part of Fred’s life was his personal relationship and trust in Jesus Christ, his Savior. 

Fred is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Ernie Congdon; two sons Ehren Congdon and wife, Caitlin and Emil Congdon with wife, Leslie; eight grandchildren Stewart, Porter, Virginia, Olivia, Gage, Boone, Wallace “Wally” and Vodin “Sonny” Congdon his sister Connie Congdon Hoxton and husband, Arch and a host of family and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date and will be announced by Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery.   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Make A Wish of Middle Tennessee–  Arrangements entrusted to Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, 5110 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216,, 615-865-1101.

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