LeRoy Hershey, 76, a residence of Etowah, was born August, 1935, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Etowah Health Care.
He was born in Poplar Bluff Mo. and moved to Maryville, in 1937, and then to Etowah in 1947.
He was the son of the late, Fay and Beatrice Hershey
He worked for Bowater Southern Paper Corp. from 1964 to 1995. He was the Sr. mechanical engineer of the "Smokey Project" to build the number five paper machine, the fastest and most efficient news print paper machine of its time.
He had a BS Civil Engineering degree from University of Tennessee
He was amember of the Etowah Lions Club for more 50 years and was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award. He was actively involved in his church, Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a member for 50 years serving in various capacities.
He was an Eagle Scout and active scouter for more than 60 years. He held various committee and positions within troop 74 on the district and conference level. He won several scouting awards including the District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver and the Stanley Erwin Award.
He was active in his community serving on various city committees throughout the years and was the recipient of the Frank R. McKinney and Cornerstone Award given by the Etowah Chamber of Commerce. He was a 3rd Degree Mason with the Etowah Masonic Lodge 653.
He was preceded in death by his parents, listed above; father and mother-in-law Walter and Ema McDonald
Survivors ibnclude his wife of 49 years, Connie M. Hershey of Etowah; daughter and son-in-law: Marilyn and Tracy Miller of Etowah; son and daughter-in-law, Walter and Jennifer Hershey of Etowah; grandchildren: Max Miller and Addison Hershey, both of Etowah.
The funeral will be held at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in the South Chapel, of Bordwine Funeral Home in Etowah with Pastor Aaron Pierce will officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, prior to the service.
The family and friends will assemble, Thursday, May 3 at Green Hill Cemetery for the 11 a.m., committal service.
Representatives of Boy Scout Troop 74 will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Brackner, Joe Horrocks, Steve Dunkle, Charlie Thompson, Tom Strickland, Doug Tullock, Durant Tullock and Dennis Underdown
Memorial contributions may be made to Scout Troop 74 Etowah, in care of Dennis Underdown, P.O. box 306 Etowah, TN 37331 or Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 306, Etowah, TN 37331.
If you are unable to attend, you may sign the guest registry at www.bordwinefuneralhome.com