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.