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Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

2300 West Adair Drive, Knoxville, TN

OBITUARY

John Herman "Speedy" Hatton

February 3, 1943July 17, 2020
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John Herman “Speedy” Hatton, age 77, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 at home after a long battle with multiple health issues. He was an auto service manager, but preferred to be remembered for his love of cars, drag racing, and especially his Jet dragster. He was a lifelong member of Wallace Memorial Baptist Church as well as a member of East Tennessee Corvette Club. Preceded in death by parents, Brady and Anne Hatton; brother, Sonny Hatton. Survived by wife of 55 years, Linda Hatton; daughters, Melinda (Gene) Nelson, Susan Hatton, Karyn (Barry) Myers; grandchildren, Jonathan (Amber) Nelson, Lindsay Nelson, Haleigh Gilliland, Paxton Myers, and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to UT Hospice Care. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm Tuesday, July 21, 2020 with the funeral service to follow at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church, 701 Merchants Drive Knoxville, Tennessee. Rev. Gene Nelson and Dr. Randy Macon will officiate. Family and friends will meet at Bookwalter Cemetery for an 11am Graveside Service Wednesday. Condolences may be offered at www.berrylynnhurst.com

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 21, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Memories

John Herman "Speedy" Hatton

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Randy & Candy Macon

July 22, 2020

We are sharing in your sorrow but rejoicing that Speedy is no longer suffering. We continue to share fun stories of his life. His humor will be missed by many. Love all of you.

BARRY KITTS

July 21, 2020

I don't hardly know what to say or where to start.
Linda, you and Speedy were a young couple with a baby who had moved into the house on Victor.
I was the crazy teenage kid next door.
Speedy and I started talking out on the driveway over cars and the next thing I knew I was like a part of the family.
I guess crazy fit right in....
Saw you have two more babies and those three girls brought so much joy to your house, and to me as well.
Bristol, 411, turning wrenches, camping at the track, painting the house listening to the Vols play Vandy, and just hanging around living life, cutting up and poking fun at each other.
And that Christmas tree. It's a story in itself.
Way too many fond memories to recall in one or two sittings.
Speedy will always be one of the shiniest stars in my heart with you Linda, Lulu, Susan, and Karyn.
I have a feeling his will be one of the first voices I hear when I make it through those gates.
I love you all so much.
I wish I wasn't a thousand miles away.
My heart is with you.

Lori Wright

July 20, 2020

Susan,
You and your family are in my Thoughts and prayers during this time. I hope the happy memories you made together as a family, comfort you in the coming days. Praying for strength and peace during this time .
Lori

Rick Harrison

July 20, 2020

condolences from Glenda and Rick Harrison.
Very fond memories of Herman while he worked with my Dad, Harold, at DOT. Also remember him telling me when I got my first car to make sure and polish the air cleaner so it will go faster.

Lynda Cox

July 20, 2020

My love and prayers are with you.

John ( Mike sneaky snake jr Thomas

July 18, 2020

I remember Speedy from 411 dragway he was their announcer I drove sneaky snake jr and my sister at that time drove mama snake one night my car broke so i drove mama snake and he announced( here in the left hand lane we have Mike Thomas in the mama snake and if that's a mama it's one ugly mother ) and that's when you know he liked you plus he was the best announcer i ever knew. My God bless him and his family . Love Mike Thomas and the Sneaky Snake Racing Team.

John and Rita Staley

July 18, 2020

Dear Linda and family,
We are so saddened to hear of the loss of Herman. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you and the family during this difficult time. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

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