William “Leon” Effler, age 80 of Vonore, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021 at the family home. Leon was born in Maryville on November 17, 1940 to Floyd and Marie Effler. He was a member of Island Baptist Church of Vonore and was retired as an Electrician after 47 years of service. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, and loved square dancing, nature and the outdoors, gardening, and had a great fondness for his pet cats. Leon was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be deeply missed his family and friends. Preceded in death by his parents, and his brother and sisters, Andy, Carolyne, Geraldine, and Brenda; Survived by his son and daughter-in-law, James and Theresa Effler of South Carolina; daughters, Janie Evans of Maryville, Yvonne Effler of Maryville, and Sandy holland of Jefferson City, TN; grandchildren, Heather Brown, Tommy Reagan, Nickie Effler, Katie Goff, and Bruce and Isaiah Evans; Fifteen great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren; brother, Bobby Effler; sisters, Phyllis Sutton and Charlotte Effler; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and other family members also survive. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 in the Smith Trinity Chapel. Family and friends will assemble at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2021at Cold Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences and memories may be shared online at SmithFuneralandCremation.com, 865-983-1000.
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