Gary ‘Leon’ Devine


Gary 'Leon' Devine

Gary "Leon" Devine, 68, of Etowah, went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord and Savior at Blount Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.

Born on April 13, 1949, he was raised in the Citico/Vonore area and spent the majority of his life in McMinn County. He became a master carpenter and pastored several churches in the area before becoming the fulltime/senior pastor at Church on the Rock in Etowah, which he founded in 1989.

He accepted the call to preach in January 1971. He preached his first sermon shortly after that on Jan. 17, 1971. He has led many people to the Lord Jesus Christ during his years in ministry. He loved the Lord with all of his heart and committed his life to ministry.

He will always be remembered as being quick witted and down-to-earth. He was always ready with a funny joke and he had a nickname for everyone he knew. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him, especially his family and church family.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Jake and Dorothy Millsaps Devine of Madisonville; as well as three brothers: Ted, Beechard and Larry Devine, also of Madisonville.

He is survived by his loving wife of more than 49 years, Donna Malone Devine; and his sons, whom he loved dearly: John, and his wife, Stephanie Carden Devine of Niota, and Jake Devine of Etowah; two brothers: James "Puny" and Nancy Devine of Greenback, whom he considered his best friend, and Ronnie Devine of Etowah; sisters: Geneva Best of Madisonville, Ivy and Jack Harrill of Madisonville, Kathy Devine and Geraldine Devine, both of Maryville, Esther and Ray Cain of Madisonville, and Josephine and Gene Ogle of Riceville; sisters- and brothers-in-law: Gene Burke of Decatur, Deloris and Bob Mahoney of Athens, Debbie Cansler of Etowah, and Alan Robinson of Decatur.

A Celebration of Life and going home for Pastor Leon will be held in the chapel of Serenity Funeral Home in Etowah on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.

The family will received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. with the service beginning at 7 p.m. with the Rev. Johnny Hope officiating.

Family and friends will meet at 10 a.m on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, at the funeral home and proceed to McMinn Memory Gardens for the 11 a.m. committal service. A white dove release will conclude the services. Pallbearers will be Terry Thompson, Dennis Johnson Sr., Dennis Johnson Jr., Zack Arwood, Tyler Weiss, Dave Elliott, Stacy Parrott and Leon Shutt.

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