He suffered a brief battle with cancer after the death of his wife on Jan. 27, 2013.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Trudy Delaney; his parents, William Arthur and Ethel Jarnigan Delaney; two brothers: Lewis and Elmer Delaney; one sister, Mary Evelyn Delaney; and a niece, LuAnn Harris.
He was a member of Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church for more than 50 years.
He worked as a good provider for his family and was employed by Davenport Hosiery Mill, Elastic Yarns Hosiery Mill, the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and he was the sole proprietor of Delaney Insulation Co. and South Lee Motors. His favorite pastime was restoring classic cars.
He is survived by two devoted daughters: Beverly Crigger (late Terry) and Debbie Evans (Johnny), both of Cleveland; his close and only brother, Howard Delaney (Virginia) of Ringgold, Ga.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Phillip and Sarah Harris of Cleveland; four granddaughters: Amy Burross Jackson (Shane) of Knoxville, Jenny Crigger Smith (Kenny) of Ooltewah, Molly Crigger North (Jon) of Cleveland, and Mikayla Evans from Cleveland; great-grandchildren: Delaney, Charlie, and Carson Jackson, Isaac and Maggie Smith and Jack North; a nephew, Craig Delaney (Tammie); a niece, Teresa Delaney Bean (Gary) of Ringgold, Ga.; great-nephews: Derek Delaney and Mitchell Bean; and great-niece, Candace Delaney. He is survived by an individual he regarded as a son, Mike Goodman.
The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Bowman Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church with Pastors Steve Haley and Dwight Herod officiating.
Interment will follow in Calhoun First Baptist Cemetery in Calhoun with full military honors. Serving as pallbearers will be Shane Jackson, Kenny Smith, Jon North, Bill Blymiller, Bruce Hopson and Thadious Boothe. Honorary pallbearers will be Craig Delaney, Gary Bean and Jimmy Logan.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 this evening at Ralph Buckner Funeral Home and also from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the church.
We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Delaney family guest book at www.ralphbuckner.com.