Larry Waddle Sr. -
Larry Gordon Waddle, Sr., 75, of the Washington College Community in Limestone, TN, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 21, 2013, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a retired truck driver, and he also farmed and owned a few small businesses.
He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church, and earlier in life he served as a deacon at New Victory and New Salem Baptist Churches. He also served as a Sunday School teacher for the youth class at New Salem for several years.
He was very active in his community. He began the charter for the Washington College Ruritan Club in 1969. He also began the recycling program for the Washington College Ruritan Club. He has served several terms as president of the Washington College Ruritan Club, and received several local, district and national awards from Ruritan. He helped to begin the Washington County Babe Ruth Baseball League and served as a baseball coach and treasurer for many years. He also coached at the Boys Club in Johnson City.
He was proud to have served his country on the USS Saratoga CV-60 in 1960-1961. He made lifelong friendships during his tour, and throughout his life he always included military service men and women in every prayer he prayed.
He loved being “Poppy” to his six grandchildren. According to him, they were the glue that held his family together. He was so proud of each of them.
He enjoyed spending time with family, friends, and he especially enjoyed watching a good ball game. Many knew him as a sports enthusiast.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 54 years, Thelma Ruth Tweed Waddle; his parents, Robert and Dulcie Waddle; and one sister, Dulcie Deanna Waddle.
He is survived by his four children: daughter and son-in-law, Teena and Tony Broyles, of Limestone; son and daughter-in-law, Robby and Teresa Waddle, of Telford; son and daughter-in-law, Toby and Natalie Waddle, of Telford; and a daughter, Kristi Waddle, of Chuckey; his four granddaughters: Brandy Matthews and husband, Dave, of Telford, Whitney Tisdale and husband, T.J., of Italy, Anna Waddle and Emma Waddle; his two grandsons: Travis and Ashley Broyles, of Limestone, and Hunter Waddle of Telford; a special uncle, C.L. Wilhoit and his wife, Shirley; special family members and friends who helped to care for him in many ways, Steve and Betty Head, Pam Wilhoit and Mike Metzner; a special friend, Pat Lee Loyd, whom he loved as another son; his lifelong friend from the Navy, Albert C. Menger III, whom he loved as a brother; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and other extended family members.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Herman United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service at Afton. A graveside service was held Friday at Herman United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The Greene County Honor Guard and the U.S. Navy Military Honors Team conducted a military graveside service.
The online register book may be signed at www.jeffermortuary.com. Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Service, 208 N. College St., Greeneville, TN 37745 (423) 639-2141.