Robert Edward Gorton, age 73 of Maryville, passed away unexpectedly Monday, May 10, 2021 at UT Medical Center. Robert was baptized into the Way of Holiness Church. He retired as a truck driver after many years of service. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend who will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Preceded in death by father, Leroy Gorton; mother, Ida Tarr Gorton of Northeast, PA; son, Tommy Jenkins of Maryville; grandson, Jack Baker, Jr.; great-granddaughter, Luna Baker of Maryville; several brothers and sisters; survived by wife, Alma “Carol” Gorton; son, Ronnie Gorton and partner, Mike Anthony of Lafollette; stepsons, Robert Marcello of Maryville, Dave and Angie Marcello of Logan, OH; daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Bobby Burns of Maryville, Sandy Hancock and Christopher Harshaw of Maryville, Lisa Graham and Roger Stinnett of Maryville; 10 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Delbert Gorton of Northeast, PA, Keith and Cheryl Gorton of Ripley, NY; sisters, Sandy Cook Edward of Ashtabula, OH, Iris and Ruth of Erie, PA; several nieces and nephews and other family also survive. Family will receive friends from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at Smith Trinity Chapel. Graveside Service and Interment will follow at Prospect Baptist Church with Rev. Christopher Tackett officiating. Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com.
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