George A. Smith & Sons Funeral Home

1544 South Highland, Jackson, TN


James Arthur "Joe" Gortney Jr.

April 22, 1942June 12, 2020

Joe Gortney (Lil Joe), departed this life on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the age of 78 years, 1 month and 21 days.

Joe was born in Bethel Springs, TN on April 22, 1942, son of the late James A. Gortney, Sr. and Maytha Finley Gortney.

Joe was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Adamsville, TN. He served in the United States Army, and was also a 32nd Degree Freemason. Joe began working at Pickwick Electric Cooperative in August 1966 and retired as a lineman in August 2002, after 36 years of employment. His hobbies included fishing, deer hunting, watching NASCAR, going to the flea market and finding a bench to sit on to have lengthy conversations with anyone and everyone he saw. He was an avid fan of all Adamsville High School sports. Joe was a long time member of the football “Chain Gang” and Quarterback Club. Very seldom would you see him without his “Cardinal” or “Red Rage” cap. Joe coached Jr. Pro Basketball and umpired little league baseball games for many years.

Joe was proceeded in death by his parents, James A. Gortney, Sr. and Maytha Finley Gortney and his brother John Finley Gortney. Joe is survived by his wife, Linda Nell Garrison Gortney of Adamsville, TN, daughters, Wendy (Gary) Wright of Murfreesboro, TN and Libby Prather of Selmer, TN. and one granddaughter, (his pride and joy) Shelbie Blair Prather of Starkville, MS.

The family will receive friends and loved ones at a memorial visitation to be held on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, Adamsville, TN 38310

In lieu of flowers, has requested memorials in Joe's memory to be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105


  • Linda Garrison Gortney, Wife
  • James A. Gortney, Sr., Father (deceased)
  • Maytha Finley Gortney, Mother (deceased)


  • The Visitation with Friends and Loved Ones

    Saturday, June 20, 2020


James Arthur "Joe" Gortney Jr.

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Mary Finley white

June 20, 2020

RIP CUZ. We had some good times. You will never be forgotten with the humor you shared with everyone you met.

Vickie & Larry Wilburn

June 19, 2020

Linda, Wendy, Libby & Blair
I know you can't imagine a world without Joe Gortney in it. We can't either. A'ville has lost another good one. Condolences and prayers. Love your family.

brenda Malone

June 19, 2020

Sorry to hear of Joe passing we lived down the street from one another growing up in Bethel Springs he was a good friend of my brother Raymond. Brenda Malone

Emily Landreth

June 18, 2020

So very sorry for the loss of Joe. Your Joe touched many lives with his sense of humor ,he always made my day ,Loved Joe & much love to you all .

Kimberly Mitchell

June 17, 2020

Loved him so much. Enjoyed when he coached our ball team in elementary school. He was very special and a really good friend to my daddy Larry Hickman. Joe was a pleasure to know. He will be missed!

Barbara Pitts

June 17, 2020

So sorry for your loss. Never forget the trip to Florida we had such a great time even though we had to leave due to the hurricane. The family will be in my prayers. I know what you are going thru. Love you all.

Claud Della Surratt Stackens

June 17, 2020

Love talking with Joe he work with my brother Billy Lee Surratt at PEC and talk how he knew him love talking to him!! Prayer for his family. My Brother passed in 1975 on the job and he let me know that he work with him.

Jimmy Naylor

June 16, 2020

Linda, Wendy and Libby.... I'm so sorry for your loss. Joe was a good man . Good memories of him growing up as a child. Thinking of yall. Love. Jim

Priscilla Martin

June 16, 2020

So many memories of Joe and Linda and the kids, along with my family, raising our families and visiting and going to ball games. Prayers for comfort for all the family in the days and weeks and months ahead.

Heather Gortney

June 16, 2020