The sun was spreading it’s golden light across Middle Tennessee and a gentle breeze was blowing on Tuesday morning, August 17th, as Wilma McBroom was quietly laid to rest in the Anderson & Son Memorial Park, at the age of 70.The woman with the sweet voice and pretty smile, Wilma passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, August 14th, at Macon County General Hospital, after suffering a heart attack at her home on Forrest Circle, here in Lafayette. The daughter of the late Pate Clark and Ruby Idell (Bray) Goodman, she was born in Macon County on Thursday, April 25th, 1940, one of three siblings. She was married to the love of her life, Dr. Bonell McBroom, Jr., on April 25th, 1964, who survives.
A devoted member of the Lafayette Church of Christ, where she was a former Sunday School teacher, Wilma was a legal secretary for the law firm of Yelton & Chamberlain in her earlier years. In 1966, she joined her husband (Doc) at his dentist office, as a Registered Dental Assistant, working by his side until they retired in June of 2008.
“Doc is a very kind, loving and understanding husband,” Wilma told this reporter two years ago on Valentine’s Day, “who has been extremely devoted through the years, never forgetting a birthday or anniversary. I can’t imagine my life without him.”
“The first time I actually met Wilma in January of 1963,” Doc said as we sat talking on Sunday afternoon, “I thought she was the most beautiful woman I’d ever laid eyes on. She was sweet and dignified, and we shared that special kind of love and affection that lasts forever. Once in a lifetime, if we’re lucky, someone comes along that breathes magic into our lives in ways we never thought possible. I just knew that Wilma was the one for me and after 46 wonderful years of marriage, her absence will leave a void in my heart that can never be replaced.”
Funeral services for Wilma Gayle McBroom were conducted on Tuesday, August 17th, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. from the chapel of the Anderson & Son Funeral Home, in Lafayette, with Jerry Mercer officiating. Interment followed in Anderson & Son Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers were Derek McBroom, Dr. Terry Jackson, Kannon West and Pete McPherson. Active pallbearers were Lanny Jenkins, Kipp West, Dr. William McBroom, Bobby Sircy, Donald D. McBroom, Jim Chaffin and James Drake.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, Randall (Jo Ann) Goodman of Lafayette, step children, Bonell McBroom III, of Old Hickory, Mariette “Missie” Cartwright of Franklin, brothers-in-law, Dr. William (Sandra) McBroom of Mt. Juliet, Donald E. (Lori) McBroom of Hendersonville, uncle, Hazel Bray of Goodlettsville, nieces and nephews, Jennifer (Dr. Terry) Jackson of Lebanon, Derek McBroom of Mt. Juliet, and Renee West of Lafayette, cousins, Leesa Bray of Nashville, Michael Bray of Nashville, Margaret (Jim) Chaffin of Lafayette, Betty Ruth Gentry of Lafayette, Ruth (Pete) Belcher of Lafayette, and Ann (Jake) Thompson of White House.
Arrangements by Anderson & Son Funeral Home, in Lafayette, Tennessee.