V. Tupper Morehead M.D.

v. morehead

December 14, 1946 ~ November 16, 2023

Born in: Nashville, Tennessee
Resided in: Brentwood, Tennessee

V. Tupper Morehead M.D. MDiv, TSSF, age 76, Brentwood, TN went peacefully to be with the Lord on November 16th, 2023. Tupper was born in Nashville, TN on December 14, 1946. He was the son of the late William Waitmen Morehead and Louise Tupper Morehead, and was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Morehead. He is survived by his two sisters: Ginger Driver and Sissy Sobel. As a young man, Tupper attended Montgomery Bell Academy where he excelled in academics and his favorite sport—football. He then attended Davidson College on a football scholarship and played defense until 1968 upon his graduation. If you went to a Davidson College football game in the years Tupper played you might remember a distinct, fearsome cry he would yell out at the beginning of each game to inspire his team to victory. After undergrad, Tupper went on to medical school at the University of Tennessee in Memphis where he received his Doctor of Medicine on December 12, 1971. Once he received his Doctorate, Tupper joined the United States Army and moved to Tacoma, Washington to begin his residency at Madigan Army Medical Center in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Major Tupper Morehead completed his residency as an OB/GYN on July 30, 1976, and was stationed at Fort Campbell until he was discharged December 18, 1977. While at Fort Campbell he met Captain Sheila Nicholson. The two fell in love, became soulmates, and were married December 9, 1978. Together they raised a family of four beautiful children: Vernon T. Morehead Jr., born 1971; James Bolt Morehead, born 1973; Julia Louise Morehead born 1980; and Katie Marie Morehead born 1982. Tupper was a very loving, caring, giving, and spiritual father to his four children. Tupper now has four grandchildren: Theo, Nate, Carolyn, and Tupper. He will be fondly remembered by his first wife, Marguerite Weaver Kondracke. After Fort Campbell, Tupper and Sheila settled down in Clarksville, TN where Tupper set up a private practice for approximately five years. The family then moved to Brentwood, TN where Tupper practiced OB/GYN in the Nashville area. The love and dedication Tupper showed to his patients over the years was tremendous. To this day his patients speak highly of their time spent with him. After many medical mission trips to South Africa, Haiti (x3), Ecuador, and Guyana, Tupper retired from private practice in 2000 and enrolled at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he and Sheila lived next door to the Right Rev. Archbishop, Desmond Tutu. Tupper’s time in seminary was transformational. It deepened his own spirituality and taught him to accept and love all of God’s children. Following his Masters of Divinity, Tupper was called to East Tennessee where he worked with the Tennessee Health Department in five underserved counties, while also continuing his spiritual life alongside his brother and sister Franciscans. Tupper was professed as a Third Order Franciscan on June 18, 2005. He was a devout environmentalist and supporter of social justice. He regularly donated to such organizations as St. Vincent’s Orphanage in Haiti, Feeding America, Southern Poverty Law, Earth Justice, and the Environmental Defense Fund. This was one of many ways Tupper lived out his belief of service and generosity to others.

Close friends and family are welcome to attend Tupper’s burial service on December 1st at 1pm at Larkspur Conservation, 155 Bear Carr Rd, Westmoreland, TN 37186, where Tupper will be naturally returned to the earth he loved so dear. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for a short hike into the nature preserve; mobility assistance will be available for those who need it. Tupper’s celebration of life will be held the following day, Saturday, December 2nd, at the Church of the Advent, 5501 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37220. A visitation of friends and family will be held from 11am-1pm in the church hall, with a more formal celebration of life mass to be held afterward at 1pm. Food and refreshments will be available for guests at the visitation. In lieu of flowers please contribute to St. Vincent’s Orphanage Center Haiti, 925 Hertzler Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.




Visitation: December 2, 2023 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Church of the Advent Episcopal
5501 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37220

Celebration of Life: December 2, 2023 1:00 pm

Church of the Advent Episcopal
5501 Franklin Pike
Nashville, TN 37220

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  1. Morehead Family ,

    Please know and feel you are all lifted in prayer today and days ahead. Thank you all for sharing the life and service of your loved one with us all , a man of faith , justice a light to all who knew him . He will be missed and will always be loved and admired as a man of faith and strength in The Lord Jesus .

    Cynthia and Jim Rye – Clarksville Tn

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss, Sheila, children and grandchildren. He was a special man. I wish I could make it to the service, but know that you are all in my heart.

  3. Cherish your memories. Tupper touched so many lives. He will be missed. Keeping all of your family in my prayers as you move forward without him. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

  4. Tupper lived a life filled with love and generosity. He had a special place in this earth and gave so much to others. I know he will be missed. Cherish the wonderful memories he left behind.

  5. Even if he was a forever Tennessee supporter, we all still loved him. He was right there with Sheila as one of the Haus Steineck supporters no matter how high the water! Rest in Peace Tupper! Your life meant so much to so many!

  6. Tupper was such a strong person in his effort to live life to the fullest. Despite the pain of Tupper’s loss, I praise God Tupper will no longer struggle with human frailty. I know Tupper will continue to do great things through his strength of spirit. I will pay forward the work you both have done. Tupper in his compassion and you, Sheila, in your devotion. Love to you both.

  7. Tupper was a good friend to my dad, Angelo Miceli. Dad looked forward to seeing Tupper and having interesting philosophical discussions with him. I think they challenged and enriched each other. I hope they continue that in heaven. ❤️

  8. Shelia and family,
    Such wonderful memories I have of Tupper–from the night I met him in the recovery room after a C-Section at Vanderbilt to oh so many memories with the entire family over the years. I loved him and all of you so very much. Trying to work it out to be there on Friday and Saturday. I send you all a hug.

  9. It was a pleasure to make friends with Tupper and Shelia. Our daughter, Debra Neary, became friends with Shelia. And even visited at CVS at times. Deb’s husband passed away one year ago with with dementia so they had plenty to talk about. All our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time 🙏🥲

  10. Tupper was an amazing man who lived a life well loved, a life of service to his family, his country and to others. Sending good thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace to his wife and family and all those who loved him during this most difficult time.

  11. Tupper was such a gracious and attentive host. We loved our weekend with Tupper and Sheila. Tupper, as well as Sheila were so kind and loving. I was especially touched with the depth of Tupper’s spiritual journeys. He will be so missed! All our love and prayers are with you, Sheila, and I hope you take comfort in the goodness of Tupper’s life and knowing that now he is receiving his reward of a life lived with love and service to others. We love you. Carol & Ralph Pacheco

  12. Great memories of Tupper and Sheila dancing to The Tennessee Waltz this year!

    His legacy of service to our country and compassionate medical care to the needy here and abroad will continue to inspire.

    His beloved family will always have his love of nature and his generosity in saving our planet to continue in hope. Great appreciation to a great man! Linda G.

  13. I have just learned of Tupper’s passing, a great loss for the living but not for a man of faith, as Tupper surely was. I will cherish memories of good times at Davidson with Tupper & Sheila. I will pray for the Good Lord to comfort Sheila & all of Tupper’s family & loved ones.

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