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Gilbert Rex Tunnell, GREENEVILLE

Published November 5th, 2008 7:51 am

Gilbert Rex Tunnell, 98, of Greeneville, formerly of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 2, 2008, at his sonas home. Gilbert was born in Van Hill, Tenn., 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. Lukeas 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; sister, Sallie Barnard, Jessie Barrett; and his brother, Steve Tunnell. Surviving are his children: sons, Rex Tunnell and wife, Martha, Greeneville and Gary Lynn Tunnell and wife, Lynnie, Dalton, Ga.; grandchildren, Gregory Rex Tunnell , Greeneville, Lisa Tunnell, Kingsport, William BoBo Majors and wife, Marian, Tullahoma, Tenn., Mark Inman Majors and wife, Heather, Dalton, Ga., Andrew Wiley Tunnell and wife, Kristian, Birmingham, Ala., and Benjamin Lynn Tunnell and wife, Brandie, Tallahassee, Fla.; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Bett Miller and Lenore Hylemon, both of Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday at East Lawn Funeral Home from 1 to 2 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted in the chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Homer Roller officiating. Graveside services will be conducted immediately following the funeral service. Pallbearers will be The Adult Menas Bible class of St. Lukeas United Methodist Church. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Amedisys Hospice Services of Greeneville. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Lukeas United Methodist Church, 2600 E. Center St., Kingsport, Tenn. Please visit MEM.COM to place a tribute to the life of Gilbert Tunnell or a condolence to the famil y. East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Tunnell family.