Dr. Raymond C. Bunn

March 11, 1929December 28, 2012

Bunn, Dr. Raymond C., age 83 of South Knoxville, passed away at home on Friday, December 28, 2012. Raymond’s wife, Nolita Marie was the love of his life. He enjoyed her wonderful cooking and their traveling adventures. Pop was very involved in the lives of his children and grandchildren. Born on March 11, 1929 in Kingsport, Tennessee. Graduate of Dobbins-Bennett High School in Kingsport, East Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee Medical School, Memphis. Dr. Bunn served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy. In his early practicing years he served as Assistant Coroner for the Knox County Sheriff’s office. Dr. Bunn was a well known Family Practice physician in South Knoxville and delivered many of South Knoxville's finest. He served as Chief of Staff of Baptist Hospital of East Tennessee in 1970, and was on the teaching staff at University Medical Center in the 1970’s. He was a founding member of the South Knoxville On-Call group for Baptist Hospital. He sold his long time physician practice and served as Medical Director of the first Knoxville HMO-Tennessee First Health Source. He volunteered his physician services at Interfaith Health Clinic in the 1990's. Dr. Bunn then worked at Veterans Administration Community Service in the early 2000's. He was an avid UT football fan and a season ticket holder for many years. He was team doctor for several community high schools and was the Tennis coach at South Doyle Middle School with a winning season. Raymond was a man of great faith and taught Adult Sunday School in his earlier years. As a member of Messiah Lutheran Church he was personally involved in the Fish program. He enjoyed many years of boating, fishing and tennis with his family and friends. Dr. Bunn was preceded in death by his parents, Ensor Herchel Bunn and Queen Avereen Covill Bunn; sisters, Virginia Black and Lucille Blankenship. He is survived by his loving wife, Nolita Marie Williamson Bunn; daughters, Sandra Alsup and spouse, Kurt Kemper, Donna Shinlever and spouse, Rev. Kenneth Shinlever, Sharon Alsup and spouse, John Murphy, Claudia Montgomery and spouse Barry, Carol Sparks, Laura Webster and spouse Greg; son, Harrison Alsup and spouse Laurie; 14 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and caregiver, Ann Brooks. The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Sunday, December 30, 2012 in the chapel of Berry Funeral Home, Chapman Hwy, with funeral service to follow at 7:00 PM, Rev. Pauline Farrington-Pezzino, Rev Eric Murray and Rev. Kenny Shinlever officiating. Family and friends will meet at Woodlawn Cemetery on Monday, December 31, 2012 for a 12:00 Noon interment service. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ken Shinlever, Jason Sparks, Chris Sparks, Adam Montgomery, Scott Montgomery and Gideon Alsup. Condolences may be offered at In lieu of flowers a contribution can be made In Memory of Raymond C. Bunn to Interfaith Health Clinic, 315 Gill Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, December 30, 2012
  • Graveside Monday, December 31, 2012

Dr. Raymond C. Bunn

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Georgia McDaniel

January 5, 2013

We doctored with Dr Bunn from the time we moved here from CA in1976 until he closed his practice. We appreciated his caring spirit. He was a good doctor and a good man.
Georgia and Stan McDaniel

Phil Human

January 4, 2013

I recall Dr.Bunn making house calls to our neighbors Brook and Margaret Reagan. Who can count how many lives he has touched? Immeasurable. Donna,Harrison he will surely be missed.May the Peace of Jesus envelope your family.

Marsha Eskridge

January 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

January 1, 2013

MY prayers are with you at this time of deep sadness and great lost.May peace and comfort be with you. Ms.Jaretta L. Keene(Martin) Oak Ridge,Tn.

January 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness. Ms. Laura E. Martin. Knoxville,tn

Pam Kupsch

December 31, 2012

I am deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Bunn. Harrison and Laurie, I am praying for your mother and family.

December 31, 2012

Thinking about you. Will have you in our prayers. W. O. Williamson (Sheridan Tx)

Judy Howard

December 30, 2012

Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. May god be with you during this time.

Kathy Vadeboncoeur

December 30, 2012

Harrison, I am so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He attended my grandfather when he was ill and my mother always spoke so highly of him. You and your family are in prayers.

Anna shinlever

December 30, 2012

Anna Keegan and kyler loved
Papaw bunn very much but
Now he is in a better place and
We are happy.