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Jack Earnest Wisecarver

Published: 02/11/2014

Jack Earnest Wisecarver, age 80, of Parrottsville, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2014, at his home after a lengthy illness.

He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a pillar in his community and helped anyone who needed him.

Always active in community work, he served as president of the Cocke County Farm Bureau for several years, sat on the board of directors of Rural Health Clinics, was on the board of directors of the Tennessee Valley Fair, a member of the Cattlemen’s Association, a founding member of the Parrottsville Volunteer Fire Department, a longtime member of the Parrottsville Ruritan Club, and an active deacon for several years while attending Forest Hill Baptist Church.

He was a proud member of Southside Baptist Church and especially proud of his Sunday School class.

He was retired from many jobs, all of which he loved: country storeowner, farm manager for Mr. Gene Easterly, and county school bus driver. His most loved job was that of dairy farmer.

He served his country in the United States Navy for two years after being drafted.

He was the son of the late Mary Lou Derry Wisecarver Sparks (C.D.) and Hedrick Wisecarver of Mohawk and was also preceded in death by his sister, Janice Stroud.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years Johnnie (Smith) Wisecarver; daughter Johnalee Wisecarver Coffey, son-in-law Daniel Coffey, all of Parrottsville; granddaughters Rachel Coffey Harmon; grandson-in-law Greg Harmon; of Gray, TN; and Erica Coffey of the home; and his pride and joy—great-grandson Aiden Harmon. He is also survived by his brothers Clyde Wisecarver of Wilmington, NC, Fred Wisecarver (Lois) of Morristown; Junior Wisecarver (Thelma) of Salisbury, NC; brother-in-law Marvin Stroud of Mohawk; several precious nieces and nephews, and special friend Stephen Embry.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, 2014, at Manes Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Charles Boggan and Rev. Milburn Shelton officiating.

Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2014, in Harned Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:00—8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Manes Funeral Home prior to the funeral services.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Southside Baptist Church. The family would like to say a special “Thank you” to Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice, Jeff Grigsby, Bessie Brown, Vera Norton, and all our friends and neighbors.

Family and friends may sign the guest register online at

Manes Funeral Home in charge

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