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John Ernest Procter

John Ernest Procter, former religious publishing company executive. Decorated Certificate of Valor; Air medal with 7 oak leaf clusters; Distinguished Flying Cross.


  • Procter, John Ernest was born on July 23, 1918 in Gainesboro, Tennessee, United States. Son of Leon and Mary (Poteet) Procter.

  • Education

    • Student, Vanderbilt University, 1941. Student, University Miami (also extension division), 1944. Student, University Tennessee, 1950.

      Honorary Doctor of Laws, Ohio Northern University, 1971. D.L. (honorary), Kentucky Wesleyan College, 1981.


    • With Methodist Public House, Nashville, 1945-1983, vice president, public, 1964-1970, president, public, 1970-1983. Director 3d National Bank, Nashville.


    When peaceful alternatives have failed, the force of arms may regretfully be preferable to unchecked aggression, tyranny and genocide.


    The faith should be based on the Bible, but also on reason, tradition, and personal experience.

    Denomination: Methodist


    All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self.


    Board directors Tenn Council on Economic Education Served to captain United States Army Air Force and United States Air Force, 1944-1945, 50-52. Member Administrative Management Society (past president Nashville, area. secretary-treasurer 1967-1968, Merit Key award 1961, Diamond Merit award 1967), Nashville Chamber of Commerce (past member board governors), Association American Publications (past director) Clubs: Golf Club of Tennessee, Belle Meade Golf & Country.


    • Married Jane Sprott, May 23, 1941. Children: Mary Carol, Valere Kay.
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    • 1941
      Vanderbilt University
    • 1944
      University Miami (also extension division)
    • 1950
      University Tennessee
    • 1971
      Ohio No. University
    • 1981
      Kentucky Wesleyan College
    • 1945 - 1983
      With Methodist Public House
      Nashville, Tennessee, United States