Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative
Clarksville, TN – The Montgomery County delegation of the Tennessee General Assembly is pleased to announce an amendment to the legislature’s highway and bridge naming bill has been filed to designate a portion of Providence Boulevard will be named in memory of Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. The designated section will begin at the Red River Bridge and continue up Boot Hill and end at Peachers Mill Road.
Pastor Terry, a beloved and iconic citizen of Clarksville and Montgomery County died in June 2017. Pastor Terry was the pastor of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church on Market Street in Clarksville, and he and his wife, Sister Servella Terry, founded the Tabernacle Christian School sharing a campus with the church.
Pastor Terry’s fondness and dedication to his Christian faith started a movement in the community and beyond, for yard signs proclaiming “Jesus is the reason for the season” during Christmas, and “Easter is all about Jesus” during the annual holidays.
Pastor Terry’s influence in the community is credited for the designation of a Wilma Rudolph Events Center in Liberty Park, a bronze statue of the former Olympian from Clarksville sits at the entrance of the Center, the naming of Highway 79 in St. Bethlehem from Interstate I-24 to the bridge as Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, and so much more.
“Pastor Terry’s legacy reflects his life-long commitment to building bridges,” said Rep Pitts. “He will be remembered long after our time on earth has passed as a man of great faith and love for family and his community.”
“Pastor Terry was an extraordinary individual and an incredible asset to Montgomery County,” said Speaker Pro Tem Curtis Johnson. “This designation is a small tribute to his example of faith and compassion for all in the community.”
“Pastor Terry was an inspirational leader who fished for the souls of men, made disciples of all and loved as Jesus loved. His impact to the people of Clarksville will be felt for years to come,” Senator Mark Green said.
“Pastor Terry was a tremendous advocate for our community, and it is only fitting that we honor his remarkable legacy,” said Representative Reedy. “Our actions will ensure that future generations of our citizens understand the significance of his work right here in Clarksville and Montgomery County.”
An amendment to the legislature’s omnibus bridge and highway naming bill has been filed, and will be taken up during the coming weeks of the legislative session. When approved the Tennessee Department of Transportation will erect the signs, and a ceremony will be scheduled unveiling the signs.