Mr. Earl Lewis “Poppie” Bunch, 85, of McMinnville and a longtime resident of Smith County, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 5.
Mr. Bunch was born April 15, 1936 in Guntersville, AL, a son of the late John Thomas Bunch, Sr, and Alice Pearl Wampler. He married Marrie Warren “Mammie” Bunch on May 29, 1954 and she preceded him in death on July 29, 2008. He was also preceded in death by siblings Edna Hasty, Virginia Jo Chisham, Beatrice Bassham, Mable Blew, Daisey Thaxton, John Bunch Jr, and Jimmy Bunch.
Mr. Bunch married Carolyn Cox on May 2, 2009. He worked as a farmer and also at the zinc mine for numerous years. He was a member of Club Springs Macedonia The Baptist Church of Christ.
Mr. Bunch is survived by wife Carolyn Bunch of McMinnville, children Joyce Poindexter of Lebanon, Judy (David) Hunt of Brush Creek, June (Joe) Carter of Gainesboro, TN, and Richard L. (Diane) Bunch of Indianapolis, Ind., stepchildren Tony Johnson of McMinnville, and Serena Johnson of McMinnville, sister Mary Ruth Barrett of Woodbury, 11 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren, along with two step-granddaughter and two step-great-granddaughters.
Funeral service for Mr. Bunch was conducted from the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. with Bro. Frank Randolph officiating. Interment followed at Smith County Memorial Gardens.
Bass Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Feb. 9, 2022