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Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

Dewey Franklin Barefoot

February 1, 1932June 11, 2020
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Barefoot, Dewey Franklin, 88 of Knoxville, TN went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 11, 2020. He was a member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church. Dewey graduated from Ouachita Baptist College in Arkansas in 1960 and Golden Gate Theological Seminary in California in 1965 with a Masters degree in Divinity. He worked for Fleetwood Manufacturing and the Douglas Company in the Missile and Space Systems Division. For over 50 years, he pastored several churches in California, Arkansas, and Florida. Dewey retired after 30+ years from CH2M Hill formerly, Gee and Jenson Engineering Firm, in West Palm Beach as a Field Engineer. After retiring, he moved to Knoxville to be closer to family and continued to work as an interim pastor.

Dewey is preceded in death by loving wife of 34 years, Jean Barefoot; second wife, Carol Barefoot; infant daughter, parents and all 10 siblings.

He is survived by daughter, Joyce (Craig) Anthony; granddaughter, Amanda (Bobby) McCarter; grandson, Nicholas (Danielle) Anthony; great grandchildren, Elijah, Cooper, Brooks; step children, Dawn (Lora Tucker) Byrd, William Bone, Debra (Rick) Sharkey, Diana Bone; several nieces, nephews and additional family. Family would like to thank the staff at the Courtyards for their exceptional care.

Receiving of friends will take place Thursday, June 18th from 5-7pm with funeral service following at 7pm at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home with Rev. Kent Williams officiating. Graveside service will be held at a later date at Lake Worth Memory Gardens in Lake Worth, Florida.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, June 18, 2020

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Debi Sharkey

June 29, 2020

Dewey will be missed. He loved his family. He overcame many trials throughout his life, but faithfully served the Lord through it all. Praying for you, Joyce and all.

Pamela Clevenger

June 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss, Dewey is a great man and I proud to have known him. I was in in Sunday School Class and my Mom also lives at Courtyard where he lived. As they say "no more pain, no more sorrow ." He was ready to meet his maker.

Randy & Candy Macon

June 16, 2020

So sorry for your loss. It was an honor to have known Dewey. May God give you peace and comfort during this time.

Dawn Byrd

June 16, 2020

I remember the first time I saw your huge smile; how it lit up your face. I remember the first time I had what I think you called spaghetti pie and how surprised I was at how good I thought it tasted; you laughing when I said so and replying with “I told you so”.

We were different, you and I; of different beliefs and generations. You weren’t prepared for stepchildren, nor I prepared for a stepfather. It took us a bit of time to size each other up, accepting there were things we’d not discuss, certainly never agree on. Ours wasn’t necessarily an easy truce, yet we developed one.

It was so hard to get you to open up about your young life. About the things you remembered as a young boy, a young man; before Jean, before Joyce, before Carole. You began with “I don’t know”, moved into “that was a long time ago” and when I’d say don’t you think it’s important we know about your younger life, finally say “I guess so”; and share a memory. Helping “daddy on the farm”; “missing a year of High School school”; the first cat you and “Jean kept while at school” (where you weren’t supposed to have pets); about talking and working with “migrant farmers in California“. Lots of stories, none easily told, many only after much cajoling and sadly, none I thought to record. You could be grumpy, stubborn and reserved one minute, then smile and open up the next. Most likely opening up because you’d learned I’d say you being grumpy was just your way of clamming up.

I’ll miss finding ways to get you to open up. I’ll miss hearing about your young life, about what Joyce was like as a child. I won’t miss having to talk to you so loudly people three rooms away could hear, I won’t miss seeing the wince of pain or frustration you felt as you’d get up.

In your life you struggled and overcame, and struggled and overcame some more. You were loved and you will be missed. My hope is you’re no longer struggling and are where you desired to be. Rest In peace, Dad.

Jo Hurst

June 14, 2020

Dewey was a special man. His comments in our connect group were always a blessing. Once I visited him at the Courtyards and took him a book by Louis L'Amour because I knew he like to read those books. We will miss him and look forward to seeing him again in Heaven. Prayers for you all.

Barbara Mason

June 13, 2020

Dewey was in my Connect Group at WMBC. He loved attention from the ladies and I loved being able to give him a hug or a kiss on the forehead. He was missed by many when he could no longer attend. Prayers for his family🙏

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