OBITUARY

John David Tumblin

May 18, 1931July 6, 2019
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Dr. John David Tumblin, Knoxville/Fountain City/Sevierville Optometrist for more than 64 year's passed away on Saturday July 6, 2019 at the age of 88. He was born in Fountain City, May 18, 1931 to Earl and Gladys Tumblin and proudly served in the U.S. Army as 1st Lieutenant from 1955 to 1958. John was educated in Tennessee Public Schools, the University of Tennessee and attained the degree of Doctor of Optometry at Southern College of Optometry. John came to Knoxville in 1958 and began his first Optometric practice in Knoxville in the Hamilton National Bank Building on Gay Street. John's Optometric practice expanded to Sevierville, later in practice with his brother, Jim, in Fountain City at the Historic Fountainhead building and finally, the Sanders Lane office. John was president of the Knoxville Breakfast Optimist Club and an active member of the Laurel Church of Christ. John's love for the profession of Optometry led him to serve at the local, state, and national levels. He served as President of the East Tennessee Optometric Society, President of the Tennessee State Optometric Association, and in 1987 was President of the American Optometric Association. He was nominated for National Optometrist of the Year in 1988. John held more than a dozen offices in the SOA AOA and during his tenure he led state optometrists to pass legislation permitting expanded therapeutic pharmaceutical use by optometrists which was later adopted nationally. In addition, he ensured that continuing education for dispensing was maintained throughout the profession. John served on the board of the Southern College of Optometry for more than 10 years. He is survived by wife, Billie Burnside Tumblin; children, Michael David (Gerri), John "Mark" (Cindy), and daughter, Leslie. He has eight grandchildren; Amanda, Josh, Austin, Luke, Jesse, Cody, Darlene and DeOnte, one great granddaughter, Quincy and two brothers, Jim and Richard Tumblin of Fountain City. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Remote Area Medical, 2200 Stock Creek Blvd. Rockford, TN 37853, (865)579-1530, info@ramusa.org. Family will receive friends 10am -12pm on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home with service to follow at 12pm in the chapel. Family will have a private burial immediately after.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, July 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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John Brothers

July 12, 2019

Billie,
I was so sad to hear of your loss of John. Although I didn't know him well I wanted to let you know my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time.

Greg Holt

July 12, 2019

Dear family, Dr. T was such a great man in so many ways. He loved his family, his community, and his career. I loved my time with him each year. He was kind and always concerned about my wellbeing. Rest in peace my friend!!

Angie Waggoner

July 10, 2019

Dear Mrs Tumblin.
I am so very sorry for your loss! Dr. T. was one of a kind. Ben and I loved him dearly! Prayers for you, your sons and daughter. He lived life doing what he loved with you by his side! Take care of yourself! Angie

Rick Harris

July 10, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during your great loss. John was a great man I've known almost my whole life and was my Optometrist when I lived in Knoxville. John was also a dedicated brother in Christ and I have many fond memories of times spent with John and the entire family. The Harris families, the Grooms and the Tumblins had many great memories together. Sorry we couldn't be there in person. God bless the Tumblin family with peace and comfort!

Love to all,
Rick & Angela Harris

Jacqueline Friederichsen

July 9, 2019

Dr Tumblin was my optometrist for many years and one of the nicest people I've known. It was always fun to visit with him and with Billie. RIP.

Jacqueline Friederichen

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