LANDRY, WILLIAM E. - age 81, died at Parkwest Medical Center on November 14, 2013, after a brief illness. Bill was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. A "ham" radio operator since he was 16 years old, Bill was a trailblazer in many ways. At the age of 19, Bill was a radio operator in the Korean War. During the height of the space program in the 1960's, he was an electrical engineer at Redstone Arsenal in Hunstville, Alabama, and was responsible for the cameras on the Saturn V moon rocket as well as technical director for the "Alabama in Space" television program. He was a member of Concord United Methodist Church. He was a wonderful family man and will be missed by many. He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Ann; and parents, Harry A. and Mildred B. Landry. Bill is survived by his daughters, MaryCatherine Landry and husband Dan Cocke, and Pat Raby and husband Steve; grandchildren, Sarah Beasley, Skylar Landry, Brian and Patrick Raby; and a host of extended family and friends. A receiving of friends will be held on Sunday, November 17th, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Gentry Griffey Funeral Chapel. The graveside service is scheduled for Wednesday, November 20th, at 3:00 p.m. at Fountain City United Methodist Cemetery, with the Rev. Brent Hall officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Concord United Methodist TLC fund. Gentry Griffey is honored to serve the Landry family and invites you to view and sign the guestbook at www.gentrygriffey.com.
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from Nov. 16 to Nov. 17, 2013
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