In Our Hearts Forever –
Talented Members of the Pull-Tight Family

David Cobb – 1988
Bob Griggs – 1967-1992
Walt Dondanville – 1939-1997
Lola Morgan – 1922-1998
Cam Davis – 1962-1998
Jenni Gant – 1910-2000
Jim Highfill – 1934-2001
Ruth Kinnard – 1919-2001
Howard Tellis – 1933-2003
Margaret Henderson – 1904-2005
John Finnegan – 1941-2006
Bob Lee – 1918-2008
William R. Ormes – 1924-2008
Agness Ormes – 1924-2008
Janice Keck – 1946-2011
Chris Mason – 1983-2011
Frank Weatherbee – 1928-2012
R.P. Foster – 1958-2013
Bobby Wesson – 1948-2013
Rony Bain – 1953-2014
Eugene Wade – 1943-2014
Tandy Rice – 1938-2015
Marianne Clark – 1939-2015
T.J. Aiello – 1962-2015
Jim Sackett – 1940-2015
Ruth Dondanville – 1937-2015
Don Young – 1934-2016
Myrna Redmon – 1934-2016
David Compton – 1962-2016
Billy Akin
Bettye Harper – 1927-2016
Ray Curtis – 1951-2017
Alan Lee Walden – 1961-2017
Ken Jackson – 1936-2018
Walter Redmon – 1961-2018
Wesley Fox – 1943-2018
John Emberton – 1947-2018

Jonathan Dudley (John) Emberton
July 7, 1947 – September 14, 2018

John loved live theatre. He absolutely loved it. He was an active member of three Nashville area theatre groups beginning in his early 20’s. He worked with Theatre Nashville, Circle Players and Pull-Tight Players in Franklin.

He worked in all areas of play production. He was a character actor, a stage manager, a producer and a director. He also did props, costumes and set building. Whatever was needed to make a successful production is what John did. He also served on the board of directors for Pull-Tight and was a past president.  He was honored as a recipient of the Pull-Tight Hall of Fame Award in 1997.

If you truly knew John, it’s highly likely that he was the funniest person you ever met. His quick wit drew people to him. He was always the life of the party. Always. He loved entertaining and often opened his home to friends in the theatre community as well as neighbors. Word is that he even painted his dining room pink for a 30th birthday party honoring a dear friend. He was known to throw epic parties: cast parties, dinner parties, Halloween costume parties, and 4th of July pool parties. His Independence Day parties included a huge fireworks display and John sporting his Speedo. Again, he was the life of the party.

He spent most of his working years in the furniture and design business. He was co-owner of Elmore’s on Main Street in downtown Franklin for over 20 years. He, along with the late Howard Tellis and the late TJ Aiello, made quite the team. They were well respected and played a big part in the Downtown Franklin Historical Society as well as The Arts Council of Williamson County.

John is predeceased by his parents, Elder and Virginia Emberton, and his partner of 31 years, Howard J. Tellis. He is survived by special friends Suzanne Burns, Jeanne Drone and Cindy Massey as well as his pup, Lily.

He left his print on his beloved Franklin. And when we think of him, it will be with love, admiration, and of course, laughter.

–Cindy Davis Massey