Gary Hart, age 77, passed away peacefully on Thursday May 13 at his home in Alcoa, after a brief illness, with his wife and family by his side. He was born in Maryville, TN, on June 9, 1943 to Curtis and Mildred Hart. A 1961 graduate of Alcoa High School, he was a member of the football team and played on the 1959 State Basketball Championship Team. He was awarded a football scholarship to Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1965 with a degree in civil engineering. Gary has been a resident of Maryville and Alcoa his entire life and spent his early working career in construction and later as an estimator with several contract firms in Oak Ridge. He was inducted into the Blount County Sports Hall of Fame in 2014. Gary would light up any room with his infectious laugh and his loving ways. He was known for his sweet smile and kind heart and never met a stranger. His greatest pride, without question was his 53 year marriage to his high school sweetheart, Mary Alice McMillan. Gary was a member of Maryville First United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Mildred Hart, brother-in-law Frank Pendley. Survived by his wife Mary Alice, daughters Vandy Wilkins (Rick) and Emily Bishop (Jon), grandchildren, Mac Wilkins, Laney Wilkins, Jeb Bishop, sister Joanne Pendley. Family and friends will assemble on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 11:00 am at the Grandview Pavilion for the funeral service and interment with Pastor Jonathan Jonas officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:00 until 11:00 am. Condolences and memories may be shared through Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithFuneralandCremation.com
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