Sympathy – November 2017 issue

Posted on: October 31st, 2017 by tgregory

… to the friends and family of Joy R. and Maurice Karr, longtime Nashville residents, who died recently in the presence of their family. They had been married for nearly 70 years. 

Mrs. Karr died on Sept. 19, and Mr. Karr on Oct. 1. Graveside services were held at the Temple Cemetery.

Maurice, the son of Eastern European immigrants, was born in 1923, attended East High School and graduated early at age 16½. While serving in the military in England during World War II, his father died and he returned home to support and care for his family. 

He was a proud member of the Masonic Cumberland Lodge #8 and the last surviving member of the Nashville PGW Men’s club. 

Before starting Karr Construction and Realty Co. in 1962, Maurice owned Karr Furniture Co. on Lower Broad Street for many years, selling furniture, appliances, and toys. He and Joy enjoyed traveling the world and their homes were filled with mementos from all their travels. Their eight grandchildren were their greatest joy in life. 

Maurice and Joy Karr were preceded in death by their son, Marshall Karr. They are survived by their sons Jerome Karr and Scot (Pat) Karr and daughter, Benita (Bob) Kichler, and their grandchildren, Price (Lizzie) Karr, Morgan Karr, Lance Kichler, Cassandra Karr, Greg Kichler, Drew Karr, Jacob Karr and Justin Karr. 

Donations in the Karrs’ memory can be made to Ohabai Sholom Temple Cemetery Fund.


… to the friends and family of Philip Roseman, who died on Oct. 4. He was 99.

Phil was born on August 30, 1918, in Cambridge, Mass., to Minnie and Edel Roseman. Graduating from Cambridge High and Latin in 1937, he played outfield for the Boston Braves farm team, did sports reporting for a Cambridge newspaper, managed a weekly newspaper, then enlisted in the Army the day after Pearl Harbor. An outstanding member of the “Greatest Generation,” he served in the worst of wartime England. 

Phil met his first wife, Nettie, in Brooklyn, where he was stationed after World War II.

Seeking to build his own industry, Phil drove his cherished 1937 Packard south. He ran out of gas in Union City, Tenn. Folks were genuinely nice to him and he decided to stay. Over time he built three factories and provided needed jobs for over 700 people in West Tennessee, most all of whom he knew by first name. He made outerwear for stores and the military and manufactured the iconic stone-washed Levi jeans jackets.

After selling his business in 1992, Phil and his late wife retired to Nashville. She died soon after. 

As he had been in Union City, Phil rapidly became an integral and esteemed part of the Nashville community. His generous, kind, and witty ways garnered many friends. 

Twenty-two years ago he met and then married his second wife, Jean Roseman.

Phil was a remarkable man. Not the least of his accomplishments was his being bar mitzvahed three times. Age 13 is the first. Seventy years plus 13, or age 83, can be the second. Thirteen years later, at 96, was his third.

Phil is survived by his wife, Jean, and three children: Betty Signer, Hal (Elizabeth), and Barry. He has six grandchildren: Alisa and Hanna Signer and Alex, Julia, James, and Gabbe Roseman. Jesse Fine is his great-grandchild. He is also survived by his brother Leonard (Gwen) and two stepchildren, Andrew and Lydia Love.


… to the friends and family of Alice Buc, who passed away on her 96th birthday, October 21.  Alice was born in Nashville, Tennessee above her father’s shoe repair shop located on 8th and Division.  She lived all of her 96 years in Nashville.  Alice first lived in a home on 11th and Division, now considered the heart of the Gulch.  She attended Tarbox School at 18th and Broadway, and graduated from Hume-Fogg High School in 1938.  Coincidentally, two of her three grandsons attended and graduated from that same school building at 7th and Broadway some 70 years later.

Over the years, Alice worked for several insurance agencies in Nashville. She spent her free time being active in the YWHA, the Jewish Community Center, and sang in several plays and musicals performed there.  She also sang in the High Holiday choir at West End Synagogue.  She and her husband, Jerome, were married at West End Synagogue in 1955.  Later in life, she enjoyed playing mah-jongg, bingo and canasta with others who lived with her at Park Manor. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome Buc (who taught scores of Nashville children how to play piano), her parents Joseph and Fannie O. Slutsky, and her brothers Morris Slutsky and Abe Slutsky.  She is survived by her son Frederic Buc, daughter-in-law Jodi Buc, her grandsons Michael, Harrison and Dylan, who will miss their beloved grandma very much, a nephew, Myron Slutsky of Gastonia, N.C., and niece Sandy Hutto of Coto de Caza, Calif.

Donations may be made in her memory to West End Synagogue, Park Manor, or to Alive Hospice.  •