Jerry Altman, 65, of Jonesborough, loving husband and father, passed away at home on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born in Johnson City and was the son of the late Thomas and Earline Adams Altman. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Shelby Jean Deloach, and a brother, Howard Keith Altman.
Mr. Altman was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church. He had the amazing ability to live, love and bring people together. He loved the Lord and prayed for his family and friends every night.
He loved to play baseball and football. He could throw knuckleballs all day long. He coached baseball and football teams in the Sulphur Springs community. He enjoyed camping, hunting and skeet shooting. He shot a perfect round of 25 on his last round of skeet with a 28 gauge.
Mr. Altman worked at North American Rayon Corporation. After the plant closed, he attended Northeast State and then worked at Electrolux.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Patty Deakins Altman, Jonesborough; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith and Pam Altman, Mark and Susie Altman and Jason and Karen Altman; grandchildren, LeAnne, Cody, Tanner and Lelia Altman; step-grandchildren, Cassie, Courtney and Joni Million; brothers and sisters-in-law, Tom and Becky Altman, Johnson City, Kenneth and Peggy Altman, Little Mountain, S.C., and Glen and Mary Altman, Sulphur Springs; and special friends, Clarence Greene and Deril Dixon.
“We will miss his smile and his love but rejoice he is in the kingdom of Heaven.”
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jeff Farrow and MSHA Hospice for their wonderful care.
A Celebration of Life service for Mr. Altman will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home with Pastor Jon Reed and Rev. Robert English officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, prior to the service, and other times at the home. Interment services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, at Sulphur Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Stanley Shell, Tommy Woods, Mike Seal, Mike McNees, Shawn Chandler and Dustin Chandler. Memorial donations may be made to Interfaith Hospitality Network, 210 W. Fairview Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37604 or Mountain States Hospice, 101 Med Tech Parkway, Suite 100, Johnson City, TN 37604. Condolences may be sent to the Altman family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, (423) 753-3821, is in charge of arrangements.