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Kenneth "Buddy" Edward Staley

June 20, 1965 ~ August 4, 2019 (age 54)

Kenneth “Buddy” Edward Staley, age 54 of Rutledge, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019, at Tennova Knoxville Hospital. Buddy was of the Baptist faith and a member of Central Point Baptist Church.  He had a great love for music and enjoyed singing and writing music and playing the guitar.


He was preceded in death by his grandparents Herman and Gertrude Rowland, and Kenneth and Elizabeth Staley. He is survived by his wife Sara; daughters Brooke and Lahni; father Thomas Staley; mother and stepfather Kaye and Gary Bessant; step-brother Matthew Bessant; step-sister Tiffany Summerson; uncles Marty (Karen) McNish, and Larry (Linda) Staley; aunt Grainger (Gary) Collier; step-mom Alice Row, and a host of other beloved family members, cousins, and friends, including special friend Hubert Williams.


The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Friday, August 9, 2019, at Smith-Reagan Funeral Home with funeral services to follow.  Rev. Curtis Lakins and Rev. Cas Lakins will officiate the services.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Noah’s Chapel Cemetery.


Services entrusted to Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge, www.smithreaganfuneralhome.com.

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