Richard Anthony Foschino, age 72

Richard Anthony Foschino, age 72, passed away peacefully at his home Saturday, February 8, 2020 surrounded by his family.

He was born July 3, 1947 in New York City and moved his family to East Tennessee in 1979. He devoted his career to serving the citizens Anderson and Campbell Counties during his long and distinguished law enforcement career. Among his many esteemed positions, Richard served as Chief of Public Safety for the City of Norris, Chief of Detectives and Chief Deputy for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Chief of Detectives for the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, and ultimately retired from the Rocky Top Police Department. Of his most notable accomplishments, he solved multiple cold-case homicides and other major crimes which he later documented in a series of novels.

He often balanced his stressful law enforcement career with his artistic side through which he became an accomplished writer and oil painter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Julie Foschino, his twin sister Marie, and his beloved wife of 21 years, Vonda.

He is survived by his daughter Barbara Ridenour (David) of Andersonville, TN, son Brian Foschino (Shannon) of Gleason, TN; their mother, Anne Foschino of Knoxville, TN, Step-son Cameron Crowder (Ashley) of Briceville, TN; sisters Nancy Crumley (Muskie) of White Lake, NY, Kathy Foschino-Katt (Matt) of Elizabethan, KY and Brothers Allen Foschino, Mountain City, TN and Steven Foschino, White Lake, NY; Grandchildren, Chelsea, Austin, Ashlee, and Mike. He also cherished his four great-grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give special thanks to Chief Jim Shetterly, the City of Rocky Top, and his long-time partner David Campbell as well as all his other Brothers in Blue. In addition, we would like to give our gratitude to his Nurse Veronica and the staff at Amedisys hospice.

The family will receive friends at the Holley-Gamble Funeral Home in Rocky Top on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 12-2pm with a memorial service to follow at 2pm with the Rev. Wayne Phillips officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. 

www.holleygamble.com

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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  1. I have two of his books he wrote and would live to fine more if there is any more. He is one of my favorite authors. He will be miss by all who knew him and read his books.

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