Jimmy Leonard Runyon


Jimmy Leonard Runyon, 84, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, at the family residence. 

He was the son of the late Rachel Wilcox Runyon and Hiram Fate Runyon. His wife, Gladys Farris Runyon; his sisters, Marie Gray and Mary Wright; and his brothers: Fate, Paul, Roy and John Runyon, also preceded him in death.

He was retired from Hardwick Clothes with more than 30 years of devoted service in the spreading and cutting department. He enjoyed visiting with people, talking and laughing with them. He was a wonderful grandfather and an avid Tennessee Volunteer football fan. He enjoyed going to church and he was a longtime member of the New Friendship Baptist Church. More recently, he was a member of the Westwood Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his daughter, Sherri Riggs, and her husband, Tim, of Cleveland;, his grandson, Bryson Riggs; and his special friend, Dale Hodginson, all of Cleveland; and several nieces and nephews. 

The Remembrance of Life service will be conducted Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at 7 p.m. from the Jim Rush Funeral and Cremation Services North Ocoee Chapel, with the Rev. Earl Farris officiating.

Graveside services and interment will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens with Jack Sanders, Josh Sanders, Ben Sanders, Gene Jones, Josh Jones and Cody Whaley serving as casket bearers.

The family requests memorials may be made to Caris Healthcare and Hospice, 421 Old Riceville Road, Athens, TN 37303.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home, North Ocoee chapel.

Share your condolences and your memories with the Runyon family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.


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