Wiley Nelson Lynch, Jr. - age 93, of Knoxville, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018. He was born in New Tazewell on October 6, 1924 and moved to Knoxville as a teenager.
He took a job delivering groceries on bicycle for Perrin’s Grocery and met his future wife Mary Lester “Snook” Perrin. He was proud of his service as a City of Knoxville Firefighter, retiring as an Assistant Chief after 34 years of service. He was also quick to let you know he was the oldest living firefighter. He joined the US Army and took part in the Normandy Invasion and the Battle of the Buldge. During the Korean War he served as a trainer stateside. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with the Charles McKinley Lodge # 433 F & AM and a Shriner with Kerbela Temple. He was recognized with a lifetime membership to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1733 for his work and support of the organization.
His wife of 59 years, “Snook” Mary Lester Perrin Lynch preceded him in death in 2005.
Survived by children: Carolyn and Doug Leahy, Terri and Joe Brawley; Steve and Donna Lynch, and Mike Lynch; grandchildren, David (Hope) Ward of Mt. Airy, North Carolina, Claudia (Donnie) Brewton, Brad (Rosemary) Hall, Steven (Shandra) Lynch of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Brian Lynch; special great-grandchildren, Gatlin, Audrey, Jacey, and Erynn, Amelia, Caden, and Everett; niece, Judy Seymour; nephews, Jim Steiner and Charles Cook, and many friends too numerous to name who helped him celebrate his Irish heritage.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary, Oglewood Avenue at North Broadway. A 4:00 p.m. Masonic service will precede the funeral service with Chaplain Gibb Hammond officiating.
The family and friends will meet 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Stevens Mortuary and process to Lynnhurst Cemetery for a graveside service and interment at 2:00 p.m. Military honors will be performed by the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard.
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