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Thomas "Tommy" Gilreath

October 8, 1935 - October 19, 2021

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CHURCH HILL – Thomas “Tommy” Gilreath, 86, passed away on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Tommy was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County and a member of First United Methodist Church of Church Hill. He proudly served his country in the US Army doing tours in Korea, Okinawa, and Panama. He was a lifetime member of the Church Hill VFW, Clay Masonic Lodge #386 F & AM, and Scottish Rites. He was also a member of the Jericho Shrine No. 180 and the American Legion Post 21. Tommy retired from Holston Defense Corporation after 33 years. He was an avid farmer, loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Holly and Ola LaFollette Gilreath; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Viola Anderson, and Dottie Gilreath.

Tommy is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Carol Gilreath; daughters, Melissa “Missy” Teague (Curtis) and Amy Gilreath; grandchildren, Wesley Teague (Kaela) and Courtney Edwards (Joesph); sister, Virginia Anne Hammond; brothers, Lenard Gilreath (Shelia), Kenneth Gilreath, and Dana Gilreath (Anne); several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Church Hill Memory Gardens with Pastor Bob Ruth officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by American Legion Hammond Post 3/265. Masonic rites will be conducted by Clay Masonic Lodge #386 F & AM. Those wishing to attend the graveside services are asked to meet at the cemetery by 12:45 PM. The family also requests that everyone wishing to attend please wear masks and practice social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church of Church Hill, 119 Grandview Street Church Hill, TN 37642 in Tom’s memory.