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Mac E. South

August 5, 1937 — January 18, 2021

Mac Elvis South, a lifelong resident of Columbia, TN, passed away at the age of 83 on Monday, January 18th, 2021. He is preceded in death by his parents and “the only woman he ever loved”, his wife, Dinah. He is survived by his three children, four grandchildren, three great grands, and if we are being completely honest, in his mind, the entire team and coaching staff of the Alabama Crimson Tide. He was a man of ultimate curiosity. He consumed books like they were a life source, made up his own words as if what existed would not do and he never stopped asking questions. He was “curiouser and curiouser” as ever a man had been. He leaves behind a legacy of gentle kindness, unconditional love, loyalty, and mad skills in the art of BS. Per request there will be no services. Oakes & Nichols Funeral Directors are assisting the family with arrangements and condolences may be extended online at In lieu of flowers, plant your own tulips, feed the birds, support your local library, make friends with a senior and at the end of the day…. get dressed in your very best, eat a cheeseburger (or two) and dance until you see the sun rise.


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