The Obit For Dave Gennoe

David Buchanan Gennoe

Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from July 7 to July 9, 2012

GENNOE, DAVID BUCHANAN - 82, entered his heavenly home on Friday, July 6, 2012 in Knoxville. He was born on January 9, 1930 in Decatur, TN to the late Joe and Mary Sue (Buchanan) Gennoe.

Dave will be missed by his wife of 48 years, Gerry; daughter Susan Gennoe of Nashville, TN; daughter Janet Gennoe Klitzner (husband Kurt) and grandsons Brennan and Keaton Klitzner of San Diego, CA; sister Mary Jo (Josie) Bullard (husband Ronnie) of Newport, TN; nephew Tommy Bullard (wife Charlene) of Knoxville, TN; and many other cherished cousins and extended family.

He was a member of Bearden United Methodist Church since 1967 and became a Christian at the Decatur Methodist Church in the 1930's.

Dave attended Lincoln Memorial University, graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College, and then earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at the University of Tennessee in 1955. During his career with IBM Corporation, he was a branch manager in Knoxville, Kingsport and Chattanooga for more than 25 years.

As a result of his hard work and dedication, he consistently qualified for the company's "Hundred Percent Club" and earned many "Golden Circle" trips as well as other local and regional awards. Dave truly enjoyed his work and excelled in it. He also co-founded Allstate Trailers in 1979 with friend and partner Don Epperly.

After retiring, Dave and Gerry enjoyed spending part of each winter in Naples, FL. Over the years, Dave was a member of various organizations including the Knoxville Downtown Rotary Club, Knoxville Men's Cotillion, and the Alhambra Shriners in Chattanooga. He also served as a 32nd Scottish Rite Mason for more than 50 years.

Dave was a charter member of Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Club where he enjoyed workouts and the camaraderie of his gym friends nearly every day. He also found pleasure in golf and tennis through his memberships at Fox Den Country Club and Knoxville Racquet Club.

A sports enthusiast, Dave was most passionate about baseball. He spent a short time playing minor league baseball before entering the Army with the Army Security Agency where he served in Korea from 1952 to 1955. He supported UT football and basketball for many years and was a member of the original "Orange Tie Club."

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Rose Mann Heritage Chapel.

A MEMORIAL SERVICE WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, JULY 10, AT 11:00 A.M. at Bearden United Methodist Church (4407 Sutherland Avenue) followed by a graveside service at Decatur Cemetery in Decatur, TN (Meigs County) at 3:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bearden United Methodist Church, 4407 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville TN, 37919.

Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.