CHRISMAN, PAUL WALTER - of Sweetwater, born July 10, 1933 in Lenoir City, TN to Roy W. and Mary Ann (Smythers) Chrisman, passed away quietly at his home on Saturday afternoon November 23, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He married Tina Louise Mitchell on November 26, 1954, daughter of John and Hazel (Rhynes) Mitchell. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years; two sons, Mitchell (Jean) Chrisman, Creve Coeur, IL, Mark (Mary Jane) Chrisman of Sweetwater; one daughter, Melinda (Bruce) Gast of Ft. Dodge, IA. Also surviving are his sister, Shirley (Harrison) Cawood of Lenoir City and two brothers in law, John "Buck" Mitchell and Henry Mitchell; six grandsons; two granddaughters; six great grandchildren' and several nieces and nephews. He may have been born in TN, but he spent part of his life in Creve Coeur, IL, where he lived for 35 years. He retired from Caterpillar in 1979 where he was a member of UAW local 974 and returned to his home state of TN. He was a very active member of numerous Masonic Lodges including, Frank N. Nichol #1170 Creve Coeur, IL, Tennessee Lodge #204, Loudon, TN, Sweetwater Lodge #292 which he had served as Master of all of them at several times. He was also an honorary member of Tellico Lodge #80 and Avery Lodge #593. He was a member of the Eastern Star of Loudon where he had served as Worthy Patron several times and was Worthy Patron at the time of his death. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite of Knoxville and York Rite of Loudon. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and was past president of the Scottish Rite Club of Lenoir City. He served his country during the Korean War in the Army National Guard 278th. Although he loved his grandchildren, two of his grandsons held a special place. They are Justin and Tyler Chrisman who helped him on his farm. A memorial service celebration of his life at Loudon Funeral Home will be held Tuesday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. with Masonic Rites at 7:00 p.m. Cremation has been accorded. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his name to: Tennessee Lodge #204 Scholarship Fund, Scottish Rite of Knoxville Shoe Fund, UT Hospice,
. Loudon Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. www.loudonfuneralhome.net.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Nov. 25, 2013
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