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Lawson Morton Renegar Jr.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Mr. Lawson Morton Renegar, Jr., 89, of Shelbyville died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012.

Visitation with the family will be held Monday from 4 until 8 p.m. in Feldhaus Memorial Chapel, 2022 N. Main St. A Memorial Service will be held 11 AM Tuesday at Fairlane Church of Christ, 101 Dow Dr.

A Shelbyville native, he was the son of the late Lawson Morton Renegar and Nell Reagor Renegar, both of Shelbyville. His wife, Lisa, and a brother, Don Renegar, both preceded him in death.

Survivors include his daughter, Elizabeth Renegar Parker of Murfreesboro, a grandson, Isen Parker, also of Murfreesboro, and a sister, Tappy Renegar, of Shelbyville.

Mr. Renegar joined U.S. Rubber Company after graduating high school and learned to operate a mechanical calculator so well, it's said, that, when drafted into the military, he was assigned clerical duties both stateside and in occupied Germany during World War II. After the War, he returned to Shelbyville with his German bride and wife of 60 years, Lisa. He entered the Howard (Samford) Pharmacy School and earned his license to practice pharmacy. He eventually opened Renegar Drugs at the corner of Madison and North Brittain streets. As a visionary, he installed the first drive-through window. His practice later moved to North Main Street to a site now known as Bedford Drug Store.

Having a strong interest in his community, he became intimately involved with the "new" urban renewal project in the late 1960's which placed modern, healthy housing in the urban renewal area around and bordered by what is now Lane Parkway and in other areas. Former Chancellor John D. Templeton, Shelbyville mayor at the time, was said to have 'called him' to duty on the project, a duty he accepted "enthusiastically", according to an observer. He worked long and hard as a member of the local Care Giver Relief Board, according to another member. He was also active in the Shelbyville Beautification Project, The Duck River Clean Up, and Greenspace.

Mr. Renegar was a 20-year member of the Shelbyville Regional Planning Commission and then the Shelbyville Planning Commission, which he chaired for a number of years before resigning only recently when faced with health issues.

He was a long time member, and former chairman, of the Tennessee Walking Hose National Celebration. He was also inducted into the Tennessee Walking Horse Hall of Fame.

As one long-time associate described him, "he was a very witty man; a very good man whose interest in his community knew no bounds and for which he felt a great deal of responsibility."

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Care Giver Relief Board, American Cancer Society, or charity of your choice

Feldhaus Memorial Chapel, (931-684-8356) is in charge of arrangements.