He was a native of Rogersville and spent his retirement years up north in the Kingsport area. Mr. Hunley was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was an honorable and loving man who devoted his life to his family. Farming was a true joy and calling for Gerald. He took great pride in his livestock, land, crops and he served on the Board of Directors for the Hawkins County Co-op. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 1995 as a Chemical Operator after 35 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Martin Dale and Myrtle Hunley; brothers, Homer “Junior” and Donald Dykes; son in law, Robert Blair; sisters-in-law, Gladys, Carmen, and Judy, brother-in-law, Terry and Ray and nephews, Lonnie and Lynn Dykes.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years, Yvonne McClellan Hunley; daughters, Rebecca Lee, Tracy Blair and Cheryl Hunley; grandchildren, Christina Lee, Brittany McBride (Chris), Olivia Guntrum (Sean), Avery Baker (Nathan), Willow Hunley-Bota, and Jasper Hunley-Bota; great grandchildren, Jared, Grace and Sofia McBride and Ashton Baker; sisters-in-law, Betty Shelhorse and husband, Dan and Amy Lawson Thomas and husband, Charles; beloved nieces Devonia Dykes Cochran (Dan) and Janet Dykes; along with a devoted gaggle of nieces, nephews and cousins, whom he adored.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 – 5:45 pm Saturday, August 17, 2019, at Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 6:00 pm. A Graveside Service will be at 11:00 am Sunday, August 18, 2019, at Oak Hill Memorial Park in the Garden of Sermon on the Mount.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Missionary Fund or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Brent and Linda Sturm and neighbors and friends for their help, compassion and care.