" Taps and the ceremonial bugle: The version of Taps we know today was officially recognized by the U.S. Army in 1874. Beginning in 1891, the playing of Taps became standard at military funeral ceremonies and was legislated in 2013 as the "National Song of Military Remembrance.” The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2000 directed the playing of Taps at veterans’ military funerals. Although a live bugler is preferred, a ceremonial bugle or a high-quality recording on a stereo player may be used. (A ceremonial bugle is an electronic device that fits directly inside the bell portion of a bugle and contains a recording of Taps.) " - https://www.militaryonesource.mil/ -

Here, we pay our respect to our fallen brothers and sisters. Please view names and photos and pay your respects. 
Richard Jackson Burrow Jr.
June 30, 1927 - April 27, 2012
Richard Jackson Burrow Jr. was a member of First United Methodist Church, a former member of the First Presbyterian Church in Milan & Humboldt, where he formerly served as an Elder, Deacon & Sunday school teacher. He was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1950, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He attended Milan schools for 11 years, graduating from Severn Naval Military School in Severn Park, MD in 1945.

He is past Commander of the Milan American Legion, former member of the Milan Lions Club, member of the Milan VFW Post #4780, served on the board of the City of Milan Hospital, served on the board of Directors of the First American Bank, served as a City of Milan Alderman from January 1963 thru December of 1996 and City of Milan Treasurer from January 1968 thru December 1996.

 Phillip McCree Brasher
October 3, 1930 - April 15, 2013

Phillip McCree Brasher was a veteran of the Korean conflict where he served in the U S Army as a sergeant. He was a former Gibson County Constable, a 50 year Mason, former Gibson police officer, served as a volunteer fireman, and the owner of Southern Industrial Printers. He served as a printer for over 50 years. Mr. Brasher was a former pastor of the Immanuel Baptist Church in Trenton and was a member of the Milan VFW and American Legion Post 4780 in Milan. 
Lt. Col. George Fain
July 21, 1927 - June 21, 2023

Lt. Col. George Fain was born on July 21, 1927 in St. Petersburg, FL to Dan and Wilda Judge Fain.  George was a member of the Milan First Cumberland Presbyterian Church and he was a retired Superintendent from the Milan Department of Public Utilities Water Department.  
Col. Fain enlisted in the U S Marine Corps and served during WW II.  Following his discharge from the Marines, he enlisted and later retired from the TN Army National Guard as a Lt. Colonel.  All totaled, he served 41 years in the U S Armed Forces.
George was a life member of the VFW Post #4780, a life member of the American Legion #118, a member of the Masonic Lodge #191, a member of the Al Chymia Shrine Temple in Memphis, a life member of the American Water Works ASSN, a life member of the National Guard USA ASSN, a life member of the TN National Guard ASSN, a life member of the Reserve Officers ASSN.  He served as a TSSAA high school football official for over 50 years and was inducted into the Gibson County Sports Hall of Fame.  

Bobby Mason
September 17, 1937 - July 4, 2013
Mason was a U S Navy veteran and served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He was also a member of the VFW Post #4780 and American Legion Post #118. 


Ernest Jones
September 19, 1924 - October 29, 2023

Mr. Jones was born on September 19, 1924 in Hartsville, TN to William and Myrtle Huddleston Jones.  During WW II, he served his country in the Army Air Corp and was awarded the EAME Theater Ribbon with seven Bronze Stars, the Good Conduct Ribbon, the Distinguished Unit Citation and the WW II Victory Ribbon.  Part of the battles and campaigns he fought in included Ardennes, Rome-Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Southern France and Central Europe.  Following his military service, he worked for and later retired from the Milan Army Ammunition Plant.

He attended the Milan First Baptist Church for many years where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher.  Mr. Jones was also a member of the Milan Masonic Lodge #191, a Life Member of the Milan American Legion #118, a Life Member of the VFW Post #4780 and a member of the Milan Lions Club.  


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