Joe Frederick Wanamaker, 86, a McMinnville resident and Grundy County native, was born June 4, 1934 and passed Aug. 1 at his residence following an extended illness.
He was a retired salesman with Standard Auto Parts and Morgan and Young Auto Parts, United States Army veteran, member of the American Legion Post 173, member of Shiloh United Methodist Church for 57 years and the son of the late Spiegle Wanamaker and Mae Merriman. He was also preceded in death by special grandparents, Floyd and Prudie Gross Wanamaker, sisters Margaret Wheeler and Martha Wanamaker, and grandson Ben Barrow.
Mr. Wanamaker was married June 25, 1960 to Evelyn Ann “Gran” Griffith Wanamaker of McMinnville. In addition to his wife, he is survived by children Debbie (Bob) Barrow, Greg (Dawn) Wanamaker, Steve Wanamaker and Greta Knowles (Corkey), all of McMinnville, grandchildren Chad (Marcie) Gillis, Brooke (Kevin) Caraway, Shelby (Chase) Judkins, Katie (Slayden) Rogers, Logan Wanamaker, Sarah Knowles (Christyan) and Marah Wanamaker, great-grandchildren Gentry, Maggie, Maddux, Kenzley, Kiley and Keelyn, sister-in-law Lola Griffith, special nurse, Nacey with Avalon Hospice and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and loving neighbors.
Mr. Wanamaker was a loving father and grandfather who enjoyed supporting and coaching his children and grandchildren in sporting activities. He was also an avid quail hunter.
A graveside service and interment was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at Philadelphia Cemetery in Grundy County with Danny Moore and Michael Lorance officiating. Full military honors were administered by the American Legion Post 173 Honor Guard. Active Pall Bearers were Christyan Garcia, Chase Judkins, Slayden Rogers, Logan Wanamaker, Dale Griffith, and Hal Wanamaker. Honorary pall bearers were Ed Smith, Chad Gillis, and Lanny Wanamaker. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital c/o High’s. Online condolences may be made at www.highfuneralhome.com.
High Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) Aug. 5, 2020