BRUMMETT, BILL FRANKLIN - age 80, of Clinton, Tennessee, departed this life at 5:20 a.m. on Monday, March 18, 2013, after a courageous but exhausting two year battle with leukemia. One of his favorite scriptures was 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith". Born November 15, 1932 in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Bill was the youngest of nine children of the late Sam and Stella Smith Brummett. The family moved to Clinton, Tennessee, from their farm when the government purchased their land for the secret city of Oak Ridge. Bill was a graduate of Clinton High School where he met, and later married, his high school sweetheart, Emma Sue Elkins. He continued his education at Tennessee Wesleyan College before earning a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Bill was a veteran of the United States Army
and proudly served his country during the Korean War
. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Clinton. Bill retired in 1994 from Lockheed Martin in Oak Ridge. Bill was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle and brother. His fondest memories were spent with the family boating and skiing on Norris Lake, and summer vacations at Daytona Beach. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and other sports. After he retired, he liked working in the yard, visiting his brothers and sisters, and travelling. He was kindhearted, generous, and had a wonderful sense of humor. He never met a stranger. He loved to talk and tell stories and joke and laugh. He will be sorely missed. In addition to his parents, Bill is preceded in death by his six sisters, Elsie Justice, Pauline Davis, Aggie Reynolds, Mildred Tucker, Maggie Rutherford, Frances West and brother Elmer Brummitt. Bill is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Emma Sue Elkins Brummett of Clinton; daughters, Lisa Cooley Eady and husband, John, of Knoxville, Julie Walker Satterfield and husband, Walt, of Andersonville; grandchildren, Alex Cooley, Matthew Walker, Kathleen and Lauren Eady, and Zack and Vanessa Satterfield; brother, Charles Brummett of Schererville, Indiana; several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Richard Grapski and the staff of Thompson Cancer Center for their care and support over the last two years. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 21, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Holley Gamble Funeral Home, with funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. with the Rev. Stan Elliott officiating. Family and friends will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 22, at Holley Gamble for an 11:00 a.m. interment service at Sunset Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Clinton Family Life Center, 225 North Main Street, Clinton, TN 37716. Holley Gamble Funeral Home in Clinton is in charge of all arrangements.