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Gene Ramsey

If we meet and you forget me, you have lost nothing; but if you meet JESUS  CHRIST and forget Him, you have lost everything. Where you are going is much more important than where you have been. John 3:16 & 14:6, 1st John 1:9, Romans 10:9 & 12:11

Gene Ramsey, age 80, Erwin, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Monday, March 4, 2019 at the Unicoi County Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County and a son of the late Sankey and Audrey Bennett Ramsey.

Gene was a United States Army Veteran. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and Master Marksman M-14 Medal. He was employed at Hoover Ball for fifteen years prior to starting his trucking business. Gene owned and operated his trucking business for twenty years.

He was very involved and a dedicated member of Calvary Baptist Church. Gene was a member of the Regular Fellows Sunday School Class. He enjoyed being the Greeter at church. Also, he drove the Seniors Group at Calvary to special outings and events. He was born again thirty years ago in May 1988. Gene loved Jesus with all his heart and shared his faith with joyful enthusiasm! He had special cards printed to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ and loved handing them out to everyone he met. One of Gene’s favorite hymns, which he requested every Sunday night was #407, “Because He Lives”.

He was a member of Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM. Gene was a member of Jericho Shrine Temple and loved raising money to help the children’s hospital.

Gene was an avid and very passionate Tennessee Vols fan. He loved his Unicoi County Blue Devils and enjoyed attending all sporting events over the years. Gene would take a load of watermelons to share with the football players.

He had a huge, generous and genuinely caring heart. Gene never met a stranger and couldn’t wait to greet you with a smile, handshake or hug. He loved his community and supported various fundraisers and charity events.

Gene loved giving everyone advice, and more advice, and more advice! He will be greatly missed by all who knew him and his words of wisdom will be cherished for generations to come. To know Gene Ramsey was to love Gene Ramsey, he was truly one of a kind.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Ramsey and one nephew, Ricky Ramsey.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving, devoted and patient wife of fifty-seven and a half years, Sally Bradford Ramsey; one daughter, Amy Ramsey Reed, Erwin; two grandsons: Raben and Boone Reed; one brother, Jerel Ramsey (Phyllis), Blountville; several nieces and nephews; also surviving, two daughters: Trish Ramsey, Clarksville, Lisa Street, Telford and their children and grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 2:00-4:00 P.M. and 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Friday, March 8, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church. Pastor David Crutchfield and Reverend Craig Shelton will officiate at the 7:00 P.M. celebration of Gene’s life. Music will be provided by Calvary Baptist Church. Masonic Rites will be rendered by Centennial Masonic Lodge #491 F&AM. Pallbearers will be Alan Rogers, Doug Cooper, Kevin Ramsey, Mark Peterson, Mark Ramsey and David Ramsey. Honorary pallbearers will be Regular Fellows Sunday School Class, Jerry Ramsey, Tommy Bennett, Jerry Bennett and Ronnie Bennett. Committal will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 9, 2019 in the Evergreen Cemetery. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 A.M. on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery. Military honors will be rendered by Carter County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorial contributions in memory of Gene to one of his favorite charities: Shriners Hospital For Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or

Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Ramsey family through our complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at

Robert Ledford Funeral Home, 720 Ohio Avenue, Erwin, is privileged to serve the Ramsey family.  (423) 743-1380.