Gilbert Rex Tunnell, 98, of Greeneville, Greene Co TN, formerly of Kingsport, Sullivan Co TN, went to be with the Lord, November 2, 2008 at his son’s home.
Gilbert was born in Van Hill, Tennessee to the late Creed and Mary Jane Snader Tunnell. He was retired from Eastman Kodak Company after 39 years of service. He also worked for Holston Ordinance Company during World War II and the Korean War. Gilbert graduated in 1928 from Baileyton High School. He was the oldest living member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where he served as Chairman of The Building Committee and numerous church and conference committees.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Parker Tunnell; sisters, Sallie Barnard, Jessie Barrett; and his brother, Steve Tunnell.
Surviving are his children, sons, Rex Tunnell and wife Martha, Greeneville, TN, and Gary Lynn Tunnell and wife Lynnie, Dalton, GA; grandchildren, Gregory Rex Tunnell, Greeneville, TN, Lisa Tunnell, Kingsport, TN, William BoBo Majors and wife Marian, Tulahoma, TN, Mark Inman Majors and wife Heather, Dalton, GA, Andrew Wiley Tunnell and wife Kristian, Birminghamn, AL, Benjamin Lynn Tunnell and wife Brandie, Tallahassee, FL; twelve great-grandchildren; sisters, Bett Miller and Lenore Hylemon, both of Kingsport, TN; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Friday, November 7, 2008 at East Lawn Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral Services will be conducted in the chapel at 2 p.m. with Reverend Homer Roller.
Graveside services will be conducted immediately following the funeral service. Pallbearers will be The Adult Men’s Bible class of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Amedisys Hospice Services of Greeneville, TN. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 2600 E. Center Street, Kingsport, TN.