Jasper "J.L." Leon Shope Jr.

March 22, 1949January 7, 2021

Jasper Leon "J.L." Shope Jr., age 71, of Maryville, Tennessee passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2021. J.L. was a retired engineer from CSX Railroad. He was an avid motorcyclist and spent his time traveling all across the country. His interests included automobiles, dancing and spending time with his many friends.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Rev. Marion Shope and Minnie Lequire Shope and William and Ethel Bryan; father, Leon Shope and mother, Willie Mae Shope.

J.L. is survived by daughter, Carissa Smith; son, Adam Shope; grandson, Gabriel Smith; sister, Penny Hickman and husband Mike; nephew, Joseph "Jody" McCurry; and several beloved aunts and uncles.

The family will have a private graveside service at Sherwood Chapel and Memorial Gardens.

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Jasper "J.L." Leon Shope Jr.

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leanita headrick

January 16, 2021

JL was a good friend of ours and will be missed . We shared alot of good times together. RIP

Tim &Sue Tipton

January 15, 2021

JL was a great friend to us. There wasn’t anything that he would not do for us. As we are in assistance living and in quarantine, cannot pay our respect. Just want family to know we will remember him and prayers for his family.

Bill Stewart

January 15, 2021

Jasper was a true friend and I will miss him greatly. We shared many good times and it was certainly an adventure to work with him. He always had an infectious laugh and he always brought a sort of simplistic confidence to any challenge. We had a great trip together with Walt Turner to the race at Bristol a few years ago and I will always cherish the time we spent together then. Clear signal Engineer Shope. I’ll see you at the Station.

Karen Gourley

January 12, 2021

Penny and family, so sorry to hear of JL passing! Always thought of him as very sweet and kind person! Had fun with him at our class reunions always looked forward to seeing him there! Rest In Peace dear friend! Prayers for your family!

Estelle Hall

January 12, 2021

Jasper was so kind, so thoughtful. Just a good human being. So unexpected and sad. He had so many more things he was looking forward to. All his Saturday and Sunday morning Hardees gang will miss him tremendously.

Mark Davidson

January 12, 2021

I graduated from high school with J.L. in 1968. He always seemed happy to be around people and had a smiling disposition. Even then, you could see the pride he had in his cars. In my '67 annual, he pointed out his "5by7" classic from an aerial picture taken above the school (and parking lot). I'm sorry for this tragic loss and wish the best for Penny and the family going forward.

Mark Davidson

Amy Boring

January 12, 2021

J.L. was a well-loved neighbor. He was always willing to lend a hand. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, during this tragic time.

LEON Stalcup

January 12, 2021

Rest in Peace Jasper, I have fond memories of you as a neighbor when I lived in Fairview and as a co-worker on the Railroad for many years and I will never forget the kindness you showed towards me. God Bless your Family in this time of grief

Patsy Baker Henry

January 11, 2021

I am sorry to hear of J.L. passing. He was one year behind me in school. I always liked him. He had a good sense of humor. He also worked on the railroad with my late husband Ronnie Hatcher. His children went to Fairview elementary with my boys Richie and Brad Hatcher. Prayers for all the family and may God give you comfort.

Gail Holt

January 11, 2021

So very sorry to hear of JL’s passing. We enjoyed the many times you visited and some of the times we’ve spent together. You will be missed by lots of folks. Sending love to your family and friends. Ken and Gail Holt.