GOTT, JAMES L. - 80, of Newport and Decatur, Tennessee, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013, at his home in Newport. He was a native of Greeneville, a son of the late Clarence and Bonnie Hendry Gott. He was a graduate of Greeneville High School and attended Tusculum College and UT School of Engineering. He was a veteran of Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He was an entrepreneur and president of Decatur Plastics Inc. Prior to founding Decatur Plastics he worked in furniture design in the North Carolina area. He was the owner of Cosby Trading Post. He was a member of Decatur United Methodist Church and Moose Lodge No. 692. Mr. Gott had many interests and hobbies: history, especially Tennessee History, reading, genealogy, trading stocks, driving cars, crossword puzzles. He was an avid UT football fan and was very fond of his dog, Rascal. Mr. Gott had corporate interest and was a mentor who had a high ethical standard. He was a gentleman, a "straight shooter" and was fair minded. He was a loving father and loyal friend. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Chris Gott, who is a Hamilton County magistrate and attorney and Beth Gott, employed with an accounting firm in Chattanooga; one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela Gott Gavin, a family nurse practitioner with University Physicians Associates in Knoxville and owner of The Face Place in Knoxville, which her father was instrumental in the development, and Daniel Gavin, national sales manager for TPC Training Solutions in Chicago, Illinois; two brothers: William C. Gott of Greeneville and Joe Gott of Lone Star, Texas; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Bible, Louise Coley, and Pauline Seneker. The family will receive friends from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home, Greeneville. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, in the funeral home chapel. The Rev. Abby Cole Keller will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Greene County Honor Guard and U.S. Navy military honors team. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doughty-stevens.com.

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Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home - Greeneville
1125 Tusculum Blvd  Greeneville, TN 37745

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Oct. 25, 2013