James Thomas (JT) Hatmaker, 83

On Friday, August 9, 2019, James Thomas (JT) Hatmaker, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away at age 83 in his home surrounded by his family and friends.

JT had a passion for playing the banjo and guitar in church and night fishing for walleye.  He enjoyed family time, especially Sunday lunches at their home.  JT will always be remembered for his love of Christ, dedication to his family, kind words, patience, and service to his country as a US Navy Veteran.

JT was a self-employed truck driver and heavy equipment operator.  He and his wife also owned Muriel’s Florist.

JT was preceded in death by his parents, Elvin and Lucy Hatmaker. Granddaughter, Amanda Wheeler, Sisters, Betty Chapman and Nita Workman, and infant brother and sister, Elvin Audrey and Nancy Ann.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Muriel Phillips Hatmaker, Sons: Dale (Teresa) Hatmaker, Richard (Gail) Hatmaker, Regina Wilbanks, and Melissa Wheeler. Grandchildren: Chris (Cassidy) Wilbanks, Tiffany (Travis) Griffith, Alicia Hatmaker, Justin (Lacey) Hatmaker, Eric Armstrong, Stephanie (Aaron) Wright, Cody Hatmaker, Megan (Zach) Burns, Jessica (Donnie) Nolan, Katy (Matt) Streetman), Emily (Blake) Purkey, and 20 great grandchildren. Brothers and sisters Tony (Dorothy) Hatmaker, Kyle (Sheila) Hatmaker, David Hatmaker, Mary Oelze, Wanda Farmer, Kathy Mitchell, and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Caryville, TN on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 5-7pm with the funeral Services will follow at 7 pm with Pastor Dusty Brock of Calvary’s Way Community Baptist Church to officiate. Graveside services will be on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 10am at Brown’s Flat Cemetery.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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