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“Terry was always so kind to all the individuals, parents and co-workers. He will be greatly missed. ”
1 of 12 | Posted by: A friend

“I want to say that I didn't make the memorial for Terry! He was such a great person & will miss him at some of are golf outings! My deepest...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Larry Yoders - Thompsons station, TN

“Although not a close friend, I worked with Terry for many years when I worked at Vanderbilt. I have always respected Terry and liked him very much....Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Carole Moore-Slater - TN

“I'm sure you will be able to improve your golf game - you have a lot of GREAT golfers with you now to give you advice.Rest in Peace Buddy, you will...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Marsha Canady - Chapel Hill, TN

“I am so honored to say Terry was my friend. He is one of the kindest, most sincere, fun loving people I have ever met. The golf course will not be...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Janna Paslay - Hoover, AL

“It was a pleasure to know you and listen to some of your stories around the golf course. Your kindness will always be appreciated Terry!Billy Bob...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: William Whittaker - Waverly, TN

“He is now with THE LORD !! ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Patrick Adams - Columbia, TN

“I was in Europe when I learned of Terry's entering Eternal Patrol. While I only knew him for 10 years we were very close. He was the first and only...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Lanny Yeske - Forest, VA - friend

“One last candle, Ter. We have lit many. So many precious memories. Always, Roo ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Rhonda Watson - Nashville, TN

“I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Kopansky on a limited basis when he was at Mur Ci Homes. He was one of my first parties to work with and since...Read More »
10 of 12 | Posted by: Billie Odom - Brentwood, TN

“Terry, you were such a big part of my life since we were 16 years old. You were my friend, mentor, coach and so much more for 53 years. Now there's a...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Diane Thomas Marsh - Shelbyville, TN

“My colleague, dear friend and Dive Buddy. RIP, your Cavert brother, Manny Martinez ”
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Terrence Michael Kopansky, 70, born Jan. 15, 1947 passed away at Alive Hospice Nov. 30, 2017. Terry was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Alice Kopansky, and his brother, Ralph Kopansky. Terry is survived by his son, Brent C. Holden, his daughter, Molly M. Munden, three grandchildren, Emma C. Holden, Aden M. Munden, Elspeth M. Munden, and his former wife, Lorelei M. Aden. He is also survived by three half-siblings, Gary D. Flynn of Florida, Nancy Flynn Swenson of Minnesota and Julie Flynn Halverson of Wisconsin.

Terry grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, before moving to Kentucky where he graduated from Hopkinsville High School in 1965. He attended Trinity University in San Antonio and graduated from Peabody College with both his BS and MA in special education. In 1995, he received his Doctorate of Education from Vanderbilt University.

Terry dedicated his life to serving individuals with disabilities, starting out as a counselor at the Tennessee Easter Seal Camp. He began his career as a special education teacher with the Metro Nashville Public Schools. He was principal of Cavert Special Education School before being named principal at Harris Hillman, a position he held for 22 years before retiring. After leaving MNPS, Terry spent 13 years as the executive director of Mur-Ci Homes, Inc.

Terry was an avid golfer, scuba diver, fisherman, and gardener. He was a proud member of the Nashville City Civitan Club, the Nashville Striders, the Nashville Corvette Club, and was an honorary member of The USS Sea Poachers Association.

A Celebration of Life service for Terry Kopansky is scheduled for Jan. 15, 2018 at Harris Hillman Sp. Ed. School, 1706 26th Ave., Nashville, TN 37212 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harris Hillman School or Mur-Ci Homes, Inc. at 2984 Baby Ruth Ln., Antioch, TN 37013.