Vernon Lewis Temple, age 66, was born in Marion, OH on July 1, 1953. He was a resident of Morristown, TN, but raised his family in Bean Station. He made his heavenly flight on May 13, 2020 with his daughters and sister by his side. Vern was a proud Vietnam Veteran with the United States Marine Corp, serving with Platoon 354. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and toured throughout the world during his time of service.
Vern worked for Mahle in the foundry for many years until his retirement in 1998. He was a mechanic by trade, which he learned while serving in the Marines, and spent many hours under the hood turning wrenches. He always said if you love what you do, then it is not considered work, and he truly loved being a mechanic. His hobbies were woodworking and spent many hours making wooden puzzles, wishing wells, and flower baskets.
Vern was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Imogene Temple of Marion, OH.
To carry on Vern’s memories are his children, Jennifer (Greg) Herron, Angie Temple Theobald, Jessica Blair (Keith Beckwith), and Becky Temple; his siblings, Betty Lou (Dave) Randalls and Jack (Carol) Temple; grandchildren, Felicia Kelly (Joe Atkins), Zach (Caitlyn) Atkins, Daniel Little, Nicholas Theobald, Jeremiah Little, Destiny Bratcher, Deziree Bratcher, Jade (John) Cooper, Jared (Hannah) Temple, Michael (Dakotah) Kelly, Matthew (Hannah) Kelly, Jake Atkins, Katie (Corey) Temple, Paige Blair, Logan Herron, Brayden Herron; great-grandchildren, Payton Kelly, Jenson Little, Kinslee Atkins, Jayden and Nolan Cooper, Brandon Kelly, Braxtyn Atkins; the mothers of his children, Peggy Temple and Debra Manning; special grandmother, Susan Wodes; nieces and nephews, Heather (Steve) Miller with children Jorja and Camden, Michelle (Norris) Hayes, and Bryan (Holly) Randalls.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dad’s friend and attorney, Richard Talley and Yvette for all their help, the CCU nurses with Covenant Health at Morristown-Hamblen and Neuro CCU at Regional Health, including the 5th floor nurses.
Friends and family may stop by Smith-Reagan Funeral Home in Rutledge at their convenience on Monday, May 18, 2020, from 12pm – 5pm. Visitation will be Monday night from 5pm – 7pm at Smith-Reagan Funeral Home in Rutledge with a funeral service to follow officiated by Rev. Truman Coffey. Friends may gather at 10:00am on Tuesday at Smith-Reagan Funeral Home to go in procession to Bean Station Cemetery for a full military honor interment.
Services entrusted to Smith-Reagan Funeral Home of Rutledge, www.smithreaganfuneralhome.com.
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