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Andy McFalls

June 4, 1983February 10, 2021
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Andrew Michael Akers McFalls

Our courageous Andy peacefully departed this life at home on Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 after an almost year-long battle with colorectal cancer.

Andy was born on June 4, 1983 in Abilene Texas on Dyess Air Force Base to Barbara J. Miller McFalls and grew up with his older brother, Robert, and younger brother, Matthew. The family relocated to Kingston, TN in 1985. Growing up, Andy participated in numerous sports, his school band, and cross country. Andy attended school at Roane State Community College and East Tennessee State University, where he graduated with a Bachelors of Social Science in Marketing and Advertising. While in college, he participated in theater and show choir, through which he was given the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall.

In 2006, Andy began a 14-year career at Tennessee Valley Authority as an Assistant Unit Operator and Unit Operator at the Bull Run Fossil Plant. In early 2020, he began a training program at the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant in Soddy Daisy, TN. Andy’s co-workers described him as a genuine and caring master of his craft, who was always ready with a joke and willing to help anyone at a moment's notice. When Andrew was working no one left the control room without a smile on their face.

In 2007, Andy met his future wife, Katie, while she was studying at the University of Tennessee. They were married in October 2011. Andy and Katie made their home in Knoxville, TN and raised their two daughters, Lillian and Clara. We will be forever grateful to Katie for the patience, love, and support that she gave Andy during their marriage, especially during the last year of his life.

In his spare time, Andy enjoyed playing guitar, biking, listening to music, traveling, as well as making new friends and catching up with old ones. For those that knew Andy, even for a little while, it did not go unnoticed that he was the real deal, a one-of-a-kind guy with a great sense of humor, a tender heart, and an openness to life that touched everyone.

Andy will be missed everyday by his family, friends, and co-workers. As his Uncle Paul reminds us, "when we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” Those missing Andy greatly include his wife Katie, daughters Lily and Clara, grandmother Mary Miller, mother Barb McFalls, brothers Bobby (Amanda) and Matt McFalls, uncles Paul Miller (Mei) and Ron Miller, mother and father-in-law Louise and John Stevenson, sister and brother-in-law Rachel McKinney (Travis) and Ross Stevenson (Lauren Grace), his nieces and nephews, Noah, Layla, Izzy, Cruz, Hunter, and Charlotte McFalls, Hazel and Beatrice McKinney, Henry and Charlotte Stevenson, and the entire McFalls, Miller, Clark, Rhodes, Stevenson, and Maury families, who are too many to list separately.

Andy was greeted in heaven by his Mamaw Christine McFalls, Grandpa Paul Miller, Grandparents-in-law Frances Maury and Arthur and Verna Stevenson, along with a dear friend, Steve Williamson.

The McFalls family is eternally grateful for the love and support given to Andy throughout his life and especially in this past year. We would especially like to thank his coworkers and staff at TVA Bull Run and Sequoyah, Dr. Ibach and the staff at Tennessee Cancer Specialists, Avalon Hospice, and all the friends, family, and neighbors whose care and unwavering support surrounded our family in love during this difficult year.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church. A drop-in Celebration of Life will be held for all who wish to attend at the Midtown Community Center at 102 Robertsville Rd, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 on Saturday, February 20, 2021 between2pm and 4pm. Please come and share your memories and stories of Andy with us. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.

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John Clapacs

February 22, 2021

Sure will miss Andrew and his daily wit! He truly was one of a kind and a proud husband and father who spoke very highly of his family. Although my time around him was short, it has been difficult seeing his struggle and leaves a huge gap. His random FB posts were always entertaining. Rest in peace friend.

Drew Hogsed

February 22, 2021

I did not know Andy well, but I did cross paths with him on a few occasions at Bull Run while I was onsite supporting coal test burns. Although we were only around one another on a few occasions, his great personality and character obviously left an impression because I immediately recalled his friendliness and helpfulness when I learned of his death. I offer prayers and condolences to your family during your time of loss. God bless.

Randy Aslinger

February 19, 2021

Andy, was a great person and Unit Operator, I am fortunate to have worked with him at Bull Run. I am very sorry for Andy passing away. He was always helpful and great to chat with. I pray that God bless his family and grant you all peace. Randy Aslinger.

Michael McAmis

February 18, 2021

What it says here is absolutely true. As a young engineer starting out at Bull Run, the control room could be an intimidating place. Andy, "McFalls" to many of us, always had a smile and a joke to make me feel welcome. I'll always remember him making me feel comfortable in a new place.

Thinking of you all.

Darrell&Lynn White

February 18, 2021

Katie you and the girls are in our thoughts and prayers. I will miss Andrew very much. He always had a smile. At the Bull and when I got to see him at our meetings with Stevo and the rest of the guys. Rest in peace Andy say hi to Stevo for me.

Jennifer Morris

February 17, 2021

My husband and I were lucky enough to adopt a dog from Andy and Katy many years ago. I remember going to their home and Andy telling me we need to watch Fenway at the counter b/c he'd steal things...apparently he ate a bunch of burgers that Andy had just cooked and left on the counter! Several months later when Fenway counter surfed over a dozen cookies from my counter all I could think was Andy saying, "you gotta watch him!" I always laugh when I think of that. We lost Fenway a few years ago and I know he's in Heaven with Andy cooking up some burgers.

Rusty Whitehead

February 17, 2021

I had the pleasure to get to know Andy the past year at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant. I'm technically his supervisor but thought of him more as a friend. I'm a Yankee fan and as most of Andy's friends know, he is a Red Sox fan. We had many good natured debates about whose team was the best. I really enjoyed my time knowing Andy and he will be missed greatly.
God Bless you my friend

Jennifer Murphy

February 17, 2021

Andy always made everyone around him feel welcome. He was a truly kind person and will be missed by all who ever were fortunate enough to have met him. My love and prayers for all who grieve.

Dolores and James White

February 17, 2021

Our prayers and condolences are with the family of Andy McFalls. Although we did not know him personally, we grieve his loss along with his family. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for Andy's family in particular his mother, wife, and children. May God give all of you comfort and strength as you grieve. Much love and prayers to all of you.

Richard Brown

February 16, 2021

Our family extends our deepest sympathy for the loss of Andy. We knew him from his services at the work Children's Christmas parties. He was a kind gentle man. If Santa was real he would be like Andy. He is not real, but Christ is and surrounded himself with followers of Andy's nature. He will be missed here, but welcomed home above. Farewell Friend!

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