Eugene John “Jack” Heldman, 88, Nashville, Tennessee

Eugene John “Jack” Heldman, 88, of Nashville, Tennessee, died Friday (August 10) in Nashville. He was born in Jasper July 23, 1930, to Benjamin and Clara Marie Heldman.

Jack was a graduate of Jasper High School and Vanderbilt University, a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, and was a member of the 1951 Vanderbilt basketball team that beat the number one ranked Kentucky Wildcats to win Vanderbilt’s first-ever Southeastern Conference championship. He was the Vanderbilt team captain in 1952 and was named All-American his senior year. Later that year he joined the U.S. Navy Reserve. From 1954 to 1957 he was Vanderbilt’s first full-time assistant basketball coach. In 1962 he founded Heldman Brokerage Company and worked there until his retirement in January of 2009.

He is survived by four sons, John Russell, Mark Miller, Michael Scott, and David Eric Heldman; one daughter Mary Susan Forsythe; three daughters-in-law, Mamie Craig (Nischan) Heldman, Kristi (Felts) Heldman, and Carrie (Foughner) Heldman; son-in-law Tom Forsythe; grandchildren Phoebe Clark Heldman, Mary Deaton Heldman, Mamie Craig Heldman, Sarah (Heldman) Beavin, Jessica Miller Heldman, Iris McCall Heldman, Jackson Ryan Heldman, and Tyson Gentry Heldman; and one sister, Sandra Sim.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue Heldman, his stepfather, Cecil Ray Thomas, one brother, Vincent “Bud” Heldman, and one sister, Deloris June Endris.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, August 25, at St. Henry Catholic Church in Nashville. A funeral mass will follow at 11 the church. Private family burial will follow the service.

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