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Leon L. “Les” McIntyre, 69, formerly of Erwin, died Thursday, April 28, 2011.
After graduation from Unicoi County High School, he attended East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, where he graduated with honors in 1963. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the ROTC program there.
Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army, where he served 12 years in the Quartermaster Corps and attained the rank of Maj. Mr. McIntyre did overseas tours of duty, including Vietnam, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the Republic of Korea.
After the Army, he lived in northern Virginia. He worked for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Defense until his retirement in the mid-1990s.
Mr. McIntyre was a great fan of many things including, the Dallas Cowboys football team, the National Football League, NASCAR, and classic western films. But above all, he loved bluegrass music, country music, and the industry that supports these forms of entertainment.
He played in several bands such as the group, “None of the Above.” He helped create a long running all night bluegrass and classic country music show, “Bluegrass Overnight,” that ran every Saturday night for over 20 years on WAMU in Washington D.C. He served as a disk jockey on this show.
Mr. McIntyre worked a long time for the bluegrass industry magazine, “Bluegrass Unlimited.” He was active in the International Bluegrass Music Association and attended the IBMA World of Bluegrass trade show held yearly.
In recent years he volunteered as a backstage coordinator for Showcase performances at the Fan Fest segment of the trade show.
Mr. McIntyre is preceded in death by his parents, Maude Shull McIntyre and Leon L. McIntyre II.
Survivors include his cousins, including Diane Shull Young, of Raleigh, N.C., James Michael Shull of Gate City, Va., Col. Patrick W. Shull (U.S. Army, Ret.) of Kingsport, and Timothy E. Shull of Louisville, Ky.
Funeral services will be held at Valley Funeral Home Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
Valley Funeral Home is in charge.