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Obituary of Jerry Venable

Claiborne Funeral Home

1106 Hwy. 33 South

New Tazewell, TN 37825

(423) 626 ? 2191

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?Jerry? Horace Greely Venable, Jr. ? age 64 of Baneberry, TN formally of

Tazewell, TN. He was born June 17, 1943 and died January 6, 2008

surrounded by his family. He attended Claiborne County High School

marrying his high school sweetheart October 23, 1960 at the age of 17.

He was saved at an early age at Pleasant View Baptist Church and was a

member at Tazewell Baptist Church.

He worked at Ford Motor in Hapeville, GA from 1965-1968. Jerry was a

graduate of Lincoln Memorial University in 1971 and worked at Tazewell?s Florist

during college until 1971. He worked for the Department of Human

Services for Claiborne County before he first joined Clayton Homes in 1975

working in Sales and Management in Middlesboro, KY. In 1980 he took a

leave to help his wife, Mary Lou, with the family business, Venable Buck

Stoves. Jerry returned to Clayton in 1985 and retired after 24 years of total

service in the summer of 2007. He managed sales centers in Harrisonburg,

VA, Dublin, VA, Knoxville and most recent in 1997 he opened and managed

Clayton Homes of Newport, TN for several years.

He coached a Little League Basketball Team in Tazewell in the 70?s who

were undefeated. Jerry devoted much time to the Tazewell Jaycees and was

named ?Jaycee of the Year.? He worked tirelessly in community projects and

the Claiborne County Fair for several years.

Jerry was loved by all who knew him. He loved being with his family and

the many friends he had through out his life including his childhood friends

and classmates.

Jerry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 47 years, Mary Lou

Duncan Venable. Daughter and Son in law, Elaine Venable Stapleton &

Dr. Roy Steven Stapleton of Baneberry. The love of his life, Grand Daughter,

Maria Grace Stapleton of Baneberry. The family pet and companion, Little Bit.

Brothers and Sisters-in-Law:

Edward Bolton Venable & wife, Brenda of Tazewell; Joe Dan Venable &

Wife, Sylvia of Dover, DE; Marshall David Venable & wife, Dorothy of

Dundee, MI.

Sister and Brother-in-Law:

Jane Venable Duncan & husband Brian of Powell


Carl Bolton & wife, Greta of Tazewell.


Marie Davis of Oak Ridge

Jewell Barnard and husband, Lewis, of Athens

Ruth Stiner of Michigan

Louise Venable of Middlesboro, KY


Dorothy Duncan Johns of Knoxville

Ann Estes & husband Dennis of Tazewell

Margaret Love & husband, Dean of Tazewell


Joe Tyler Duncan, & wife, Betty of New Tazewell

Johnny Duncan of Zavalla, Texas

Bill & wife Peggy DeBusk of New Tazewell


Shannon Venable Addison & husband, John of Houston, TX

Melissa Venable Barber of FL

Lynn Venable Koch & husband, Steve of Michigan

Beth Venable of Michigan

Jody Duncan Beason & husband, Anthony of New Tazewell

Jayme Duncan Phillips & husband Patrick, of Knoxville

Darlene Love Massengill & husband, Silas of New Tazewell

Jackie Duncan Clifton & husband Murrell, of Zavalla, TX

Judy Duncan Fontenot & husband David, of Zavalla, TX

Jenny Duncan of Lake Charles, LA


Travis Edward Greely Venable & wife, Callie of Halls

Joseph Greely Venable of FL

David DeBusk & wife, Teresa of Halls

Doug DeBusk & wife, Becky of New Tazewell

Allen Day & wife, Teresa of New Tazewell

Gary Estes of New Tazewell

Steve Day & wife, Jo Lee of Zavalla, TX

Rev. Bill Duncan & wife Beth of Tazewell

Randy Love & wife, Tracy of New Tazewell

Jerry leaves many cousins, other relatives and friends to mourn his passing



Horace Greely Venable, Sr. & Opal Pearlie Bolton Venable of Tazewell


Margineal Hurst Venable of Tazewell


Eva DeBusk of New Tazewell


Artie Greene & Mike Day


Oscar Johns

Parents in Law:

Gracie Newby Duncan & Tyler Duncan of Tazewell


Dan & Pearlie Vannoy Bolton of Tazewell

Horace & Mae Bray Venable of Tazewell

Aunts & Uncles:

Robert Venable of Middlesboro, KY

Mollie & Estelle Brooks of Tazewell

Essie & Dewey Marsee of Rutledge

Lois & Bert Epperson of Tazewell

Mae & Nelson Bray of Maryville

Everett & Gladys Bolton of Maryville

The family will receive friends from 3 until 7 PM, Wednesday January 9, 2008 at Claiborne Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7 PM in the Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Bill Duncan and Reverend Eddie Overholt officiating. Music will be provided by Irving Gipson & Marty Reece. Graveside service will be Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 11 AM in the Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Nephews

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

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