AFN will miss you, Thomas Horton


Years ago, Tom sashayed into AFN’s office for an evening of jeux de société. He didn’t know anyone there and hadn’t been personally invited, but he enjoyed competitions, trivia especially, and spoke excellent French--native speakers thought he was Belge—and by the end of the evening, he had a new pack of adoring francophone friends. Tom was involved in the creation of Alliance Française de Nashville before majoring in French at Rhodes College and furthering his studies in Virginia and France, so it was natural for him to return and hold court. He became a regular at AFN-adjacent events, where his wit and joy were evident and where he compelled us all to up our game. We will miss you immensely, Thomas Horton.

West Harpeth Funeral Home

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Carmen Alvarez, Jacob Truax, Bill Haymes, Thomas Horton, Jessie Angel, Sujata Biswas, Melissa Buchanan, Sheri Lynn DiGiovanna, Sarah Walters, and Juju Walters at one of Tom’s birthday brunches, 2019

Kathy Ray's passing


It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and past education chair Kathy Ray. (1932-2018)

Kathy was a vibrant personality and a great ambassador for Alliance Francaise in Nashville. Her many years of volunteering for French education at AFN lead to organizing a structure to our school with successful attendance in various levels. She had many friends among us and she will be greatly missed. We will always remember when she and her husband Oakley hosted our Bastille Day party at their house for many years. Most recently, you could see her at the welcome desk at most of our events in bright blue white and red, bringing that festive “Je ne sais quoi” to Alliance Francaise de Nashville.

A memorial service will be held in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in her name to Alliance Francaise de Nashville for the support of annual scholarships or to Nashville Live Hospice.