Renee Fuqua Mercer

renee mercer

March 24, 1960 ~ January 16, 2024

Born in: Cincinatti, Ohio
Resided in: West Nashville, Tennessee

Renee Fuqua Mercer- Age 63, of West Nashville, passed from this life on Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

She is preceded in death her parents, Burl Fuqua and Connie Pearl Fuqua; her daughter, Beth Mercer; her husband, Bill Mercer.

Renee is survived by her daughters, Lindsey (Tony) Murray; Courtney Mercer; Hailey (Rob Petschulat) Mercer, and Abby (Walter Gomez) Mercer; Ryder Murray, Skylar Murray and Scarlett Murray; Adriana Gomez-Mercer, Juliana Gomez-Mercer and Aylin Gomez-Mercer; her siblings, Charles (Lucy) DePriest, Joyce (Greg) Adkins, and Joey (Pam) Fuqua; and numerous extended family members and friends.

Renee was a 1978 graduate of Cohn High School and employee with Vanderbilt for many years. She loved to dance and sing, and her greatest joy was being “Nay” to her grandchildren. She was known for making everyone feel welcome in her home. Renee had an enormous heart, and one of her last wishes was that everyone would just love one another.

Visitation with her family will be on Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 4PM until 7PM. A celebration of Renee’s life will follow at 7PM, all at Western Hills Church, located at 7565 Charlotte Pike.

The burial will be on Friday, January 26th, at 12:30PM, at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens (Garden of Cross) on Hwy. 100.

Flowers will be accepted at Compassion on Thursday from 9AM until 2PM, and at the church after 2PM.

Arrangements in the care of Compassion Funeral & Cremation Services, 6949 Charlotte Pike, Suite 104 (615) 857-9955. We are proud to be West Nashville & Bellevue’s only locally owned and operated burial & cremation provider.


Visitation: January 25, 2024 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Celebration of Life: January 25, 2024 7:00 pm

Western Hills Church
7565 Charlotte Pike
Nashville, TN 37209

Burial: January 26, 2024 12:30 pm

Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens
9090 Hwy 100
Nashville, TN 37221

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  1. So sorry to hear this news. Renee was a sweet person and a childhood friend. We both attended Park Avenue Baptist Church and our families were friends. Praying that the Lord will comfort your hearts and give you much grace.

  2. I remember Renee. I also remember Joey her son. He use to hang out at McCabe Park with all of us. Him and Richie Hamilton
    David Carter, and me, and Ronnie Vaughn. She will be missed allot
    RIP Renee may God watch over you
    Linda Oliver

  3. My heart goes out to all of you girls. Renee was a truly wonderful and special person. She loved BIG and gave with all her heart. She was truly a blessing and an angel on earth to everyone she knew. Now that she is our angel in heaven, we have the wonderful memories to comfort us. She would want us all to remember her with smiles and laughter.

  4. Sending prayers for the family and friends. Renee and I attended school together seem like forever. Renee was always kind, sweet and made you feel like you were part of any group even if you weren’t. I can say Renee is the real cause my husband and I meet in high school. I know her spirit will live on in her precious family.

  5. Sending so much love to you girls and her family. Renee was a dear friend for many years and my heart is broken. I’ve watched you girls grow up and watched her love my girls too. Her beautiful light and life will continue to make me smile.

  6. I am so sorry for the loss of you’re sweet momma. I worked with Renee when I first started at Vanderbilt. She was one of the best friends a person could have. We enjoyed lunches at Mr Gatti’s, Los cunados and eating at centennial park and feeding the squirrels. My daughter has her middle name. We had so many good times at work and our many trips to Disney on Ice. I know you are all going to miss her, but we all know that she is now with the love of her life again. God bless you all and prayers for comfort and healing in the days to come.

  7. Worked with Renee back in the 90’s at student health. She. And I had a lot of laughs together and she was with me during my mom’s illness. I am so sorry for your families sudden loss

  8. So glad to have known and worked with Renee. She was so very kind and fun to be around. We often talked about our children. The pot-lucks and parties at work were always fun and we often shared recipes. Sending Thoughts and Prayers during this most Difficult time. She loved her Family so much. I will never forget her Fun and Smile.

  9. Student Health at Vanderbilt is such a special place and once Renee joined our team it became just that much more special. Renee loved to talk on the phone, and she made sure the patient was satisfied. God bless your family as you rest in peace.

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