OBITUARY

Mr. Lester Eugene Atchley

May 18, 1935December 25, 2018
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Atchley, Lester Eugene 83 of Sevierville, TN, went to be with his Lord and Savior Tuesday, December 25, 2018. He was a longtime member of Valley Grove Baptist Church where he taught Sunday school and served as a Deacon. Eugene was retired from Western Electric/AT&T and Hoover Vacuum. His hobbies included gardening, fishing, and woodworking. Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Joyce Norton Atchley; sisters, Shirley Mae Moore, Lucille Lewis; brother, John Maples; son by love, Randy Darnell. He is survived by daughters; Vickie (Terry) O'Fallon, Kim (Jeff) Maples, Jeanie Darnell; grandchildren, Chris O'Fallon, Dustin O'Fallon, Jason Maples, Anna Tilson; 7 great grandchildren with another on the way; brother, Bobby Ray Atchley; special friend, Faye Parton Flynn; several nieces and nephews. A special thank you to Dr. Kennedy and Dr. Stalcup and the staff of Sevierville Health and Rehab for their exemplary care. Family will receive friends Thursday, December 27th from 5-7pm at Berry Highland South on Simpson Road with funeral service following at 7pm. Rev. Eddie Christenberry officiating. Burial will take place Friday, December 28th at 11am at Knob Creek Cemetery in Seymour.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 27, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, December 28, 2018
REMEMBERING

Mr. Lester Eugene Atchley

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Jack & Gale Haggard

December 26, 2018

Vickie, Kim, and Jeanie--Our hearts ache for you girls, your husbands, your kids, and your grandkids duing this difficult time--but at the same time we rejoice that Daddy Gene is whole and healthy in God's loving arms along with Mama Mary. You know how much we love you all and pray for peace for you. We hope no one slips up and tells sissy Patt, as it would break her heart--she also loved him so much--and she has enough sad days in her condition. Just know that she would want me to tell you all how much she loves and prays for you too. Please let us know if we can do anything to help you through this trying time.

gregg price

December 26, 2018

Dear Vickie, Kim, and Jeanie, and all the Family;
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, but rejoicing in the fact that he's walking the streets of Glory, hand in hand with Jesus on one side, and your mom on the other. Kim, you'll remember me from times when I visited my Grandparents, Frank and Ruth Walker, when times were simpler... just playing games with all the kids up and down McMahan Street. Your Dad and mine, Harold Price, were proud members of the Runyon Edition Boys, and my dad spoke with fondness of times in his youth with your dad...I'm sure they're happy to see each other once again. It's faith in these things that help in these hard days: That we will all be together again one fine day.
Our hearts go out to you all, and we will keep you in our prayers.
God Bless you.
All our love,
Gregg and Tracy Price, Patt Price and Family

Joyce Joseph

December 26, 2018

I did not know Mr. Atchley personally. I know that he was a wonderful man because he raised such fantastic daughters. I have known Vickie most of my life, and she is one of the finest people I have ever known. God bless this family and bring them peace, knowing that they will see their Mom and Dad again in heaven one day.

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Biography

Mr. Lester Eugene Atchley was a modest man, quiet and observant in his ways. He was trustworthy and traditional in his approach to his life and in his relationships. He was tough-minded with the kind of “stick to it” attitude that earned the respect of all who knew him. He was also a man who was meticulous, carefully disciplined, and orderly in virtually everything he undertook. Realistic about life, he was always at the ready, prepared to take on responsibility.

       His parents were Lester Joseph Atchley and Betty Connaster. Lester was raised in Sevierville, TN. He was brought up to be self-confident and dependable. These were traits that would serve him well throughout his life.

      Growing up in the Atchley household was a bit different than most homes. There were good times to be had, but just as often there was a fair share of challenges as well. However, Lester was able to work through the usual family problems when they appeared, and he was the one person in the family who seemed able to keep the stress at bay. Lester was raised with Four sibling. He had an older brother John, an older sister Lucille , a younger sister Shirley and a younger brother Bobby Ray. Lester was constantly involved in activities with his brothers and sisters. Lester and his siblings may have had the typical rivalries while growing up but Lester was always consistently loyal to his family.

      As a young child, Lester was never someone who needed to be the center of attention. He wasn’t pushy and never forced his way into games or other activities. Lester developed a variety of interests, though, and the things he enjoyed doing he did well. He was always curious about the world around him and was often eager to explore it. He went to work very young, delivered Groceries from the local store in his wagon. Don’t think he ever missed a day at school. However, what Lester enjoyed most was simply playing and spending time with his many friends.

      While his teachers and even his friends generally thought of Lester as being a serious person, he managed to have a pretty good time in high school as he made that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated from Sevier County High School in 1953. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. The teacher he enjoyed learning from the most was all of them. Lester was a very logical person who enjoyed learning about factual information. Using his exceptional memory, he was able to learn much through observation. Lester always seemed to have a command of the facts and was able to make it seem as though he could easily master any problem that might be presented to him.

      On June 18, 1954 Lester exchanged wedding vows with Mary Joyce Norton at the At the home of the Bride on Knob Creek Rd. Of Seymour, TN. Compassionate and devoted to Mary, Lester held endearing, traditional values about marriage and family life. He took the responsibility of marriage to heart, giving it his total commitment. He was a source of strength to Mary and using his gifts at nurturing one-on-one relationships, he worked hard to make his new family happy.

      Lester brought the same traditional values in his marriage to bear on how he raised his children. He was a good parent to them, always firm yet fair in his dealings. He would always listen carefully and think things through before he acted, even when it was an adverse situation. Lester was also a walking schedule, always seeming to know what everyone in the family needed to do, where they needed to be and when they needed to be there. Lester was blessed with Three, Three daughters: Vickie Lynn, Kimberly Ann (Kim), Debra Jean (Jeanie). They were also blessed with Four, Christopher Wayne, Dustin Lee, Jason Allen, Anna Leah.

      Lester greatly enjoyed what he did for a living. He was a hard worker who expected the same in return from his co-workers. He was skilled at working effectively in small groups and in one-on-one situations as well as handling solo assignments efficiently. Lester enjoyed dealing with concrete ideas and could penetrate any amount of fuzzy information to reach the essential facts. Always able to attend to the task at hand, Lester was excellent at meeting deadlines. He was an efficient worker, one who paid careful attention to detail, allowing sufficient time to complete one task before moving on to the next. His primary occupation was working in communications in management. He was employed by Western Electriic/AT &T until retirement. Then worked for Hoover for many years until retired to care for his wife. Lester worked hard to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

      Lester liked to experience things first-hand as well as learn about them. This trait carried over into his hobbies, where he was very methodical in how he organized his activities and categorized things. Since he enjoyed his private time, Lester always tried to allocate a specific time for working on his hobbies. He was a collector of many things. He loved coins and found it interesting to collect coins from change. He loved wood working and made many things for family and friends, including rocking horses and potatoe boxes. He loved to fish and would often take his grandsons fishing when they visited. He loved to grow things and enjoyed gardening and canning after his retirement. Lester was content to enjoy his hobbies alone but was also willing to share his interests with others.

      Lester found pleasure in sports. Being a person who was comfortable making win/lose decisions throughout life, he could appreciate that athletes made those types of decisions in sports. He applauded those who won, and he enjoyed the statistical data and sports facts and could find himself wrapped up in those details. Recreational sports included golf. He also played a mean game of badminton with his daughters. He enjoyed the lake, boating and fishing. He would watch his favorite sporting events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were football, especially The Vols.

      Many organizations were grateful to have Lester as a member, since he always brought with him a “stick to it” attitude and a high degree of common sense. Using straightforward methods to successfully complete the job, Lester was a great planner who was incredibly well organized. It seemed that he was able to schedule any event or activity with ease. He always seemed to know exactly what needed to be done. In high school, Lester was a member of the FFA. Lester was an active member of the church, serving his time as Deacon and teacher to men’s classes.

      Lester was a man who was dedicated and devoted to his faith. He was a member If Valley Grove Baptist and GreenHills Baptist. During that time, he was a Deacon and Men’s Sunday school teachers. He was a sympathetic man who valued his beliefs and was willing to work tirelessly for them.

      Lester enjoyed traveling and taking vacations. Since he was an early starter and had a knack for planning everything, traveling with Lester appeared effortless. He enjoyed researching all of his examined options and applying cost-effective planning techniques. Plus, no matter where he traveled, Lester always had a back up plan at the ready, just in case. Favorite vacations included Myrtle beach, SC and Panama City, FL. In later years he visited his daughter Jeanie in Fort MYERS, FL.

      Lester was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Lester’s favorites was He had a dog named CheeChee. And then in later years, his girlfriend Faye talked him into Adopting an older little girl dog named Sassy Lassie. She passed in June and took part of his heart. They were best friends for He had both dogs until their passing from old age. He had another dog in his life while he lived in Nashville. The neighbors Lapso, Barney, would escape home and electric fence to come to visit him and Mary. They loved him and took better care of him then his owners.

       He always trusted and placed value in what was logical and in the things he knew, so he was very confident in planning his retirement. He had begun the process early and had his retirement all laid out well in advance. He retired from Western Electric/AT&T and then from Hoover in Nashville Tn. In retirement, he found new pleasure in growing veggies. He had a big garden that he shared with family and friends. Even in retirement, Lester continued to stay in touch with his old friends while making plenty of new acquaintances. He was active in his new community and felt fulfilled.

      Mr. Lester Eugene Atchley passed away on December 25, 2018 at He passed after a long illness at Sevier County Health and Rehab. He fought a long battle with a splenic abscess and lung effusion and pneumonia. Also chronic renal failure and COPD. He is survived by his daughters, Vickie, Kimberly, and Jeanie(Debra), 4 grandchildren, Chris, Dustin, Jason and Anna, 7 grandchildren, and a brother Bobby Ray. Services were held at Highland Berry South. Lester was laid to rest in Knob Creek Cemetery beside his wife, Mary.

      Commitment is a key word that can be used to describe the life of Mr. Lester Eugene Atchley. He was committed to living the life of a good man who was both practical and trustworthy. He was committed to the traditional values that he upheld his entire life. He committed himself to being a hard worker who expected the same effort in return from those around him. Most of all, he was committed to those he knew and loved.