"I'm just devastated," City Manager Ed Craig said this morning. "Tom was a great friend and great advisor and I relied on him daily. He was such a wonderful man with a warm manner and great sense of humor. It has left a huge hole here in City Hall."
Nance had been president of the Shelbyville & Bedford County Chamber of Commerce board in 1996.
"He was a very enthusiastic promoter of the community," said Chamber CEO Walt Wood. "He had been on the board for a number of years, and was really an inspiration to a number of us. We had a good year when he was president. We had a great year when he was president."
Nance, a native Tennessean, practiced Social Security law for over 10 years, representing hundreds of claimants. He was a third-generation attorney and had served as Shelbyville city attorney since 1998.
He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1989, and received his Juris Doctorate law degree from the Nashville School of Law in 1995. He was admitted to the Federal Courts of both the Middle District of Tennessee and Eastern District of Tennessee.
He was a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and 2005 president of the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association. He was a member of the National Association of Social Security Claimants' Representatives.
Nance is survived by his wife Amy and three young children; his parents, James Richard Nance of Shelbyville and Mary Lee Morton of Murfreesboro; a sister, Lee Ann LaLance of Murfreesboro; and a brother, James Nance of Charlotte, N.C.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Murfreesboro First Presbyterian Church. For several hours on Tuesday, the web site obituary listing at www.t-g.com omitted the word "Murfreesboro," leaving the incorrect impression that the funeral was to be held here.