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Ronald Effler, age 79, 105 Meadowbrook Drive, Erwin, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Unicoi County Memorial Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of Unicoi County. Mr. Effler was a son of the late George Washington and Emma Ann Morrow Effler.
He was a welder and millwright for several different construction companies in the area. Mr. Effler was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean Conflict and was a disabled American Veteran. He was a member and Trustee of Big Branch Church.
Mr. Effler was a loving and devoted husband, daddy and papaw.
Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: his twin brother Donald Effler and Charles Effler, and one sister, Pauline Effler.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Lucille Tipton Effler; two sons: Philip Effler and Jerry Effler; three daughters: Rhonda White and husband Robby, Unicoi County, Lisa Davis and husband Glenn, Greene County, Robin Effler and fiance Tommy Phillips, Unicoi County; five grandchildren: Chase White, Amellia Bowman and husband John, Michelle Effler, Jordan Effler, and Savanah Davis; two great-grandchildren: Ciara White and Tanner White; one brother: Graham Effler and wife Vada, Unicoi County; two sisters: Willa Dean Hughes and husband John, and Nadine Moore, all of Asheville, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service for Mr. Effler was held at 7 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, from the Robert Ledford Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. David Crutchfield and the Rev. Bill Ponder officiated.
Active pallbearers will be family members.
The committal service will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Effler Cemetery at Big Branch Church. The Tennessee Honor Guard consisting of Boone Dam VFW Post #4933 and the Tennessee Army National Guard will provide military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses.
Online condolences, photos and memories may be shared with the Effler family through a complimentary, interactive Book of Memories at
Robert Ledford Funeral Home and Chapel is in charge.