Lynchburg native Walter Cyree dies at 101

LOCAL OBITUARY | Walter Cyree, of Tullahoma, died on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital in Murfreesboro following an extended illness. 

Walter Cyree

Mr. Cyree was born in Lynchburg, Tennessee on March 15, 1922, to the late Bob Cyree and Nora Sons Cyree.  He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army and served his country during WWII.  He was also a member of the Tullahoma Seventh-day Adventist Church and last attended the Standifer Gap Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chattanooga. Mr. Cyree was employed and retired with 35 years of service with Jacks Cookie Company in Chattanooga, where he drove a truck and also did sales.  According to his family, his hobbies were working in his vegetable garden, and flower garden and up until just a couple of years ago he would mow his lawn sometimes two times in one week.  He was known for being a prankster in his younger days and he loved spending time with his grandchildren.  He will be remembered as one of the kindest men you would ever want to meet, family members say.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cyree was preceded in death by his daughter, Krista Gettys; son, Dale Cyree; grandson, Joey Knowles; granddaughter, Cri Briggs, and his siblings: Mattie Howard, Jewell Snyder, Geneva Bouton, Emma Howard, Lena Howard, Fred, Robert and Bill Cyree.

He is survived by his daughter, Diane Bridges and husband, Dusty of Ringgold, Georgia, grandchildren; Tristan Cyree and wife, Jaclyn of Pennsylvania, Jessica Shepherd of Ringgold, Keleigh Martinez and husband Martin of Mesa, Arizona, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Cyree will be conducted at 2 p.m. om Thursday, April 6, in the Chapel of Grant Funeral Services in Estill Springs.  Visitation is scheduled for 1 -2 p.m. on Thursday prior to the his funeral services. Interment will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery in Tullahoma, Tenn., with Military Honors bestowed.  •

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