Willis Morelock Jr. -
Willis “Billy” Morelock Jr., age 73, of Limestone, a loving husband, father, papaw, brother and friend to all who knew him, went to be with his personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday, December 21, 2012, at his home.
Billy was a retired maintenance repairman from Ball Zinc in Greeneville, a retired farmer, raising beef, tobacco, and row crops. He was a former teacher of the Greene County Adult Mechanics Program in the ’70s. He attended Liberty Hill United Methodist Church.
Billy was a former Greene County 4-Her and showed Guernsey Cattle during his years in 4-H and was a proud supporter of the Greene County 4-H program. He was a collector of J.I. Case tractors and equipment, with many antique tractors, garden tractors, tools, farm and tractor memorabilia as well as a toy tractor collection. His collection of antique J.I. Case tractors has been featured in: Fastline Antique Farm Edition Trade Magazine, Old Abe News, the Old Iron Calendar and in Iron Memories book.
Billy enjoyed exhibiting his antique tractors at annual shows as long as his health permitted.
Being a mechanic and machine repairman by trade, he and his brother, Myron, used Case tractors to participate in various tractor pulls with the East Tennessee Pullers Association. They won numerous awards within the Southeastern U.S. and the East Tennessee Pullers Points Championship.
Billy served as J.I. Case Collectors Host Committee co-chair for the Tri-State Antique Power Association, along with his daughter, Lisa, and secured the National J.I. Case Collectors Association to come to Northeast Tennessee and the South for the first time in 1998 and again in 2006.
Billy was a member of the Greene County Farm Bureau, Greene County Farmers Cooperative, Tri-State Antique Power Association, Greene County Farm & Auto Club, J.I. Case Collectors Association, and the J.I. Case Heritage Foundation. Billy and his family are members of the First Families of Tennessee by the East Tennessee Historical Society.
His farm was named a Tennessee Bicentennial Family Farm by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and designated as a Tennessee Century Farm and Tennessee Pioneer Farm dating back prior to statehood (circa 1795).
He was preceded in death by his parents: Willis “Bill” Morelock and Adeline “Addie” McAmis Morelock; Brother-in-laws: James Hawk, James Freeman, Lloyd Blazer, Robert Wise, Ed Ottinger, Glen Luttrell, Ben Luttrell, Ivas Luttrell, Scotty Luttrell and Baby Luttrell.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years: Vonda Jeanette Luttrell Morelock; two daughters: Lisa Morelock Gosnell and husband, David, of Jonesborough, Ginger Morelock Frembling and husband, Jeff, of Harker Heights, Texas; one granddaughter: Amanda Gosnell, of Jonesborough; step-granddaughter: Hannah Frembling, of Albuquerque, New Mexico; two brothers: Rodger Morelock and Freda, of Afton, Myron Morelock and Tammy, of Limestone; aunt: Edith Mitchell, of Chuckey; sister-in-laws: Leona Hawk, of Mosheim, Ruth Freeman, of Greeneville, Mae Dean Lloyd, of Greeneville, Joyce Ottinger, of Greeneville, Phyllis Luttrell, of Greeneville, Gona V. Moyers and Luther, of Morristown, Lois Ball and Richard, of Morristown, Brenda Iva Aiken and Randy, of Greeneville; Brother-in-laws, Pete Luttrell and Mary Jo, of Greeneville, Dale Luttrell and Katie, of Greeneville, Gerry Luttrell and Patti, of Bybee, and Benny Luttrell, of Greeneville; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 26th, at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home in Greeneville with the Rev. Steve Armstrong and Donnie Owen Freeman officiating.
Interment services were conducted Thursday, December 27, in Liberty Hill United Methodist Cemetery in the Graysburg Hills community. Pallbearers were Bobby Combs, Kyle “Buster” Scott Jr., Johnny Shanks, LeRoy Jent, Henry Walker, Clarence “Jiggs” Chandley, Cecil Burgner and Ray “Tee Dee” Maupin. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Tri-State Antique Power Association, Greene County Farm & Auto Club, J.I. Case Collectors Association, Dr. Charles Montgomery and staff, Dr. Fred Myers at Takoma Wound Care and staff, Dr. Leslie Leicht at Takoma Rehabilitation Department and staff, Advance Home Health Staff, Smoky Mountain Home Health and Hospice staff and classmates of the Chuckey High School Class of 1958.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.doughty-stevens.com.