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William “Tucker” Runion, 89, of Erwin, died Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at the Center on Aging and Health. He was a native of Unicoi County and the son of the late George Arlee and Edith Tucker Runion.
Mr. Runion was a member of Shallow Ford Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal with the 159th Combat Engineers Battalion during World War II. He retired after working construction manangement.
Other than his parents, Mr. Runion was preceded in death by wife: Ruby Ray Runion; sisters: Pauline Moore, Millie Parsons, Virginia Laffertee and brothers: Lewis Runion and James Lee Runion.
Survivors include a son: William “Bill” Runion of Erwin; brothers: Tommy Runion of Erwin, and Charles Runion of North Carolina; sisters: JoAnn Lockhart of Las Vegas, Mary Rayburn of Chester, W.Va.; grandchildren: Becky Moore and husband, Tracy of Erwin, Willy Runion and wife, DeeDee of Limestone; great grandchildren: Hillary Edwards, Garret Edwards, Ivey Runion, Lexi Runion, and Allie Runion.
The funeral service was held Thursday, July 21, 2011 at 1 p.m., in the Chapel of Valley Funeral Home. The Rev. Harold Lewis officiated. Willy Runion provided the eulogy. Musical selections were under the direction of Gary Amos.
The committal service followed at Ray Cemetery, in the Devil’s Fork community, with the Tennessee National Honor Guard providing military honors.
Serving as pallbearers were Mark Lung, Phillip Wilson, Ronnie Ray, Gary Tipton, Jerry Clouse, Otis Ray, and Carroll Runion. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the adult men’s Sunday school class of Shallow Ford Baptist Church.
Valley Funeral Home was in charge.