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Mary Motlow dies in head-on crash

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 11:03 am

Three people lost their lives, including prominent Moore County resident Mary Motlow, in a head-on crash south of Shelbyville in the late afternoon, Tuesday, Dec. 11.

Also killed were Morris Parker, of LaVergne, who would have turned 72 on Dec. 13, and Eric Holestak, 46, of Murfreesboro.

Ms. Motlow was a fixture in Lynchburg, a relative of world-famous distiller Jack Daniel. She was the granddaughter of Lem Motlow, who took over the distillery from his uncle in 1907. One of four children, Ms. Motlow was the daughter of Conner Motlow and Rose Motlow.

The Motlow family ran the distillery until selling it to the Brown-Forman Corporation in 1956.

Ms. Motlow had several business interests in Franklin County as well, both commercial and agricultural.

She and a business partner, Winchester attorney Jerre Hood, operated Hood-Richman Farms, a livestock operation.

Ms. Motlow was vice president and chief of operations officer for Cumberland Springs Land Co. Inc., a family-owned forest and agricultural company engaged in sustainable forestry practices, agri-business and wildlife management.

She was also a managing partner of Cedar Tree Enterprises, a forest and wildlife management area, and was a member of the Alabama Forestry Association, a legislative committee member of the Tennessee Forestry Association, Forest Landowners Association, National Wild Turkey Federation and Quality Deer Management Association.

She also served as past secretary/treasurer of Sustainable Forestry Initiative Board of the (FFI Inc.), an international forest certification program, and was vice president of the Franklin County Forestry Association and a member of the Elk Valley Forestry Association and the American Forest Landowners’ Association.

She was a state certified tree farmer and master logger and was also involved in real estate in Franklin and Grundy counties. She lived on her farm in Lynchburg.

Ms. Motlow’s funeral services were held Saturday at Jennings Moore-Cortner Funeral Home in Lynchburg.

According to reports, both drivers died at the scene on Highway 82 South in Bedford County, approximately two miles south of Shelbyville, State Trooper Dallas Rife told the Shelbyville-Times Gazette.

Ms. Motlow, a passenger in the Parker car, died at a Nashville hospital later Tuesday night, Rife said. She had been airlifted to Nashville for treatment of multiple injuries, he added.

The victims died of multiple “blunt force” injuries, Rife said. He noted that the cars came to an almost instant stop upon impact. No skid marks were visible.

All involved were wearing seat belts, he said.

Highway 82 was closed for approximately two and a half hours while the drivers were cut from the wreckage and a Highway Patrol reconstruction team studied the crash.