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David Edgar Hershberger

July 16, 1934December 25, 2020

David Edgar Hershberger, age 86, passed from this life to his eternal home in Heaven on December 25, 2020. He was born July 16, 1934, in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to Ralph and Lauretta Hershberger. He was an electrical designer who worked in the defense and aerospace industries for over 35 years. In 2003 David moved to Knoxville, Tennessee. He was a member of New Sevier Home Baptist Church and former member of Meridian Baptist Church where he served as deacon and Sunday School teacher. David enjoyed the years he spent doing mission work in Mexico, and perhaps his greatest passion was serving God in local churches throughout his adult life. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, and in recent years hiking in The Great Smoky Mountains and on the trails in and around Knox County.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by first wife Mary Hadley Hershberger; siblings, Ralph Jr. and Tom Hershberger, Patricia Green and Diane McGee, and by great-grandson Christian Ouding.

Survivors include wife of 16 years, Gladys Patterson Hershberger; children, Dave (Peggy) Hershberger Jr. and Andrew (April) Hershberger of Michigan, Heidi (Mark) Brent of Texas, and Kristen (Jesper) Simonsen of Denmark; step-children, Judi Patterson, Jana (Chris) Huddleston, and Jill Patterson, all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Keri (Andy) Jackson, Katie (Mike) Ouding, Samantha (Andrew) Fretwell, Karinna Hershberger, Joy Brent, Thomas and Peter Simonsen, Darby and Gentry Huddleston; and six great-grandchildren.

Due to Covid- 19 concerns, services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meridian Baptist Church, 6513 Chapman Hwy, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920, or New Sevier Home Baptist Church, 1435 Tipton Station Rd, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920.

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Dorothy King

December 30, 2020

Gladys and Family, I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your Husband. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. May you find comfort in all of the fond memories you have of him.

Dorothy King
Seymour, TN

Matthew Malone

December 30, 2020

At family reunions he would always would give a word from GOD and that was a great memory. We love you Uncle David and we miss you so much. 😭

James Sellers

December 28, 2020

We served with David in San Juan, TX at the FBC. I was his pastor. Loved him dearly. He was a fun guy to hang out with. When he first grew his beard we began calling him, Papa Smurf. He would just laugh.
He was a great guy. Earth's loss is heaven's gain.
Our condolences to all who grieve. May God comfort each of you with His presence.

Melanie Robertson

December 28, 2020

My best memories are at the lake,when the whole family would gather for holidays. All the men were at the roasting pit and all us kids swimming or just playing games taking walks or just sitting around talking. Oh and going to Andy's soccer games doing him summer saults down the sidelines....miss them old days. Love you and will miss you

Paul Phelps

December 28, 2020

Too many memories to share them all, but when Dave was living here in Kalamazoo, MI area we did several activities together.
He loved hot spicy foods that amazed me greatly. On one camping trip we had some spicy chili that was already a bit spicy for me, but not Dave. He said, "Pour on the good stuff" That I did! You know the kind that has warnings on the bottle. Dave ate it down and claimed it was good chili.
He had tons of energy to burn and many talents. He used a great deal of his time, talents, and energy for the LORD.

Lynda Smith

December 28, 2020

David you were loved. God has his faithful Servant with him now. His Wife Gladys is a wonderful Servant to. You have been missed at Church. Your wonderful smile. A wonderful Teacher. You liked talking pictures. David Thank you. May Gladys and Family Members continue to have strength and Courage in the Lord as David did. Praying for Gladys and Family Members.

Max & Mari Salinas

December 28, 2020

David was a well loved member of First Baptist Church of San Juan. He was a mentor and encourager to the young deacons. Both him and Mary were amazing friends to us. He was our brother in Christ and to our circle of friends he was Papa Smurf and Hersy Baby. So many good memories of him. To this day we still use his catch phrase "what a bummer". We still miss them.
We pray God's blessings and comfort to your family.

Sam and Carrie Brooks

December 28, 2020

David and Gladys are very special to us. We will never forget the endless energy of this guy in the huge Texas hat. His love for the Lord was evident to anyone who spoke to him for more than five minutes. He wasn't given to fanfare, he simply went about quietly doing what needed to be done. His impact on New Sevier Home Baptist Church will be felt for years to come. We know he heard those words, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant!" We will miss him so very much but we are confident that we will see him again.

Jim Ballinger

December 28, 2020

David was married to my younger Sister Gladys. He was a great man, husband and Brother-in Law. He will be missed by family and friends everywhere. We always enjoyed the times we had a meal together & unfortunately that was not possible the last few years. May God rest his soul.

Jim Ballinger and Toosie Ballinger

Fran DeKoning

December 28, 2020

William gave the name Baby H to Dave because he always said baby, he was a great man, loved him and Mary so much , our trip to his home in Texas just shortly after Mary passed , he made us the best shrimp I’ve every had! He and William were such good friends , they worked well together on the Mexico trips , he was a scary driver though !I asked William once is there a lot of play in Dave’s steering wheel because he moves it back and forth so much? William said nope that’s just how Baby drives , loved that guy and now he is at peace , praying for the family ❤️❤️