Joe Ernest Whisnant, age 95 of Maryville, TN, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021 in Oak Ridge. He was a member of Maryville First Baptist Church. Joe was a retired engineer at Xerox, Bendix, Lockheed and Martin Marietta. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II in the invasion of Southern France in August 1944. Joe was a licensed Amateur Radio operator, W5UGI, for over 70 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Loy P. and Minnie Whisnant and his beloved wife, Phyllis Jean Price Whisnant. Survivors include his children, Dwight Whisnant of Bradenton, Fl; Lewis & Sandy Whisnant of Lenoir City, TN; Glen & Joyce Whisnant of Daphne, AL; Tim and Linda Studebaker of Boulder, CO; and Carol Jean Whisnant of Lakewood, CO; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; several nieces & nephews. The family will have a private service. Friends may come by the funeral home to sign the book and pay their respects on Monday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church Maryville. Arrangements by Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com
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