He was a 1957 graduate of Bradley Central High School, and a former member of the Cleveland unit of the Tennessee Army National Guard.
He started his business career in the insurance business as an agent with Home Beneficial Life of Cleveland. After very successful years of sales achievement he advanced to staff manager. After several successful years with Home Beneficial, he moved to other related insurance ventures.
In the early 1970s, he joined the sales force of Magic Chef as a district manager and assigned a territory in Virginia. After a short tenure with Magic Che,f he saw an opportunity to join a fledgling company, Home and Land. It was with this company that he achieved sales levels that advanced the company to national prominence. He advanced to several executive positions to include vice president, a position he held at the time of his retirement. Bobbi and son Scot also owned successful franchises with Homes and Land in Maryland.
He loved his East Tennessee roots and visited the Great Smoky Mountains often. An avid sports fan, he and Bobbi enjoyed tailgating at Florida State football games in their motor home. He also enjoyed golfing and the water. He spent many hours enjoying both, either on the golf course or in his cruiser, “Tons O Fun.”
He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Bobbi; one son, Scot; sister-in-law, Glenna Hemphill; and three nieces: Chrissy, Denise and Debbie. He was a devoted husband and father, and was a friend to many.
A celebration of life in a memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, 507 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda FL 33950, on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at 10 a.m.
A reception will be held after the service for family and friends in attendance.
National Cremation Society of Port Charlotte, Fla., was in charge of arrangements.