Memorial Service Monday for Nashville Lawyer Cecil Branstetter

Nashville lawyer Cecil Branstetter died yesterday at the age of 93. A World War II veteran and graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, Branstetter was a member of the commission that wrote Metro’s charter in 1961 and 1962, the year Nashville and Davidson County voters agreed to consolidate the sometimes overlapping city and county governments into one entity, a groundbreaking move. Mayor Karl Dean called Branstetter "an outstanding attorney and civic leader who dedicated his life to making Nashville a better city and the world a more just place." His daughter, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Jane Branstetter Stranch, said "He thought the way to improve the lives of the people was through government. And he thought this government would provide fair treatment to all people in a broader way."

Visitation is scheduled for 4 - 7 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 222 Belle Meade Blvd. A public memorial service will be held at the church at 11 a.m. Monday followed by a reception with the family in the church's fellowship hall. A private Interment will take place at Middle Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tennessee Environmental Council, 1 Vantage Way E250, Nashville 37228, or the Morgan Scott Project, 1022 Old Deer Lodge Pike, Deer Lodge 37726.