Gary Wayne Williford Sr.
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Gary Wayne Williford, Sr

Knoxville - Gary Wayne Williford, Sr, a native of Knoxville, passed away at his home on August 29 after fighting a prolonged battle with cancer. He was a Christian, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Gary served in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a Mason, a graduate and retiree from the University of Tennessee. He enjoyed camping, classic cars, NASCAR, UT sports, and most of all spending time with his family and friends. He was a hero and a friend, an example for us to follow.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents G.H. "Hobe" and Stella Williford. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Gail; son Gary Wayne, Jr.; daughters and sons-in-law Sherri and Jason Kelley, Crystal and John Williams. He was a beloved "Poppie" to the lights of his life Sean, Hannah, Haley, Hayden, Courtney and Conner. Also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Nancy and Tom Hatmaker, sister Edna Russell, brother Kenneth, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Fred and Josie Bell, brother-in-law David Bell, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Sandra and Tim Anderson, nieces and nephews, and many loving friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 1 from 2 - 4 pm at Click's Funeral Home, Farragut Chapel, 11915 Kingston Pk., with a funeral service to follow at 4 pm officiated by Andy Long. The graveside service will be held on Monday, September 2 at 10 am at Concord Masonic Cemetery, 11019 2nd Dr in Concord, with full military honors.

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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on Aug. 31, 2019.
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August 31, 2019
It was a pleasure to work with Gary at the University of Tennessee. A true gentleman. Neal Wormsley
Neal Wormsley
August 31, 2019
Brian Sharp
August 30, 2019
Mike and will miss Gary's genuine friendliness and his easy going down home ways. And, his garden !
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