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BUNCH, WILLIAM FRANKLIN "BILL" - age 83, a resident of Oliver Springs, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2014, at his home. Mr. Bunch was born September 25, 1930 in Clinton, Tennessee. During his early childhood he lived in California before moving back to Tennessee in 1942. He graduated from the Oliver Springs High School in 1949. While in high school he played football and he served as the team captain. Following his high school graduation he entered into the United States Army and he served his country during the Korean War. After his military discharge he returned back to Tennessee and began employment at Martin/Marietta where he continued his occupation as a machinist until his retirement in 1988. He was a faithful Christian who loved the Lord and he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Kellytown Baptist Church for 35 years. He later continued his service to the Lord as a member at New Fairview Baptist Church. He was an avid football fan and he also enjoyed flower gardening, especially roses, traveling in the United States and Europe, and golfing. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Bunch and Sally Mullens Bunch; by his mother-in-law, Mable Wright; by a brother-in-law, Tom Aiken; by a sister-in-law, Margaret Wright; by nephews, Barry and Randy Aiken; and by a longtime friend, Lonnie Dawson. Mr. Bunch was a devoted husband, father, papaw, and great grandfather. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Barbara Wright Bunch of Oliver Springs; daughters, Sharon Hamby and husband, Carlie and Billie Gaye Harper and husband, Tony all of Oliver Springs; by O.J. Taylor of Loudon, TN, whom he considered as a son; grandchildren, Derek Black and wife Claire Raj of Columbia, SC, Chelsea Harper and Anthony Clint Harper of Oliver Springs; and by great grandchildren, Rohan William Black and Malina Lali Black. Additionally, he is survived by a sister-in-law, Margaret Aiken of Harriman; by brothers-in-law, Leonard Wright of Tampa, FL, and Robert "Glen" Wright and wife Betty of Denver, Colorado; by a special friend, Joyce Dawson of Coalfield; and by several nieces, nephews, and extended family members. The family will receive friends Saturday, August 30, 2014, between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 p.m., at Sharp Funeral Home. Graveside services and burial will follow at 3:00 p.m., at the Oliver Springs Cemetery, with Pastors John Edwards and Matt Reed officiating. In addition to flowers the family request memorial contributions be made to the Oliver Springs Historical Society. The family expresses their appreciation to Professional Case Management of Avalon Hospice. Sharp Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. An online guest book is available at
Funeral Home
Sharp Funeral Home
209 Roane Street
Oliver Springs, TN 37840
(865) 435-7261
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 30, 2014
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