John ‘Johnny’ Wesley Renner


On Monday, Jan. 23, 2023, John "Johnny" Wesley Renner, a beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away at his home at 73.

He was a native of Greeneville, a former resident of Riceville and a current resident of Calhoun; he was a son of the late Humphrey Coolidge Renner.

He was a former employee of Bowater, retired after 41 years and was a veteran of the National Guard. He received his associate’s degree from Cleveland State Community College as part of the very first graduating class.

He enjoyed working on lawnmowers and small engines. But, his greatest pastime was fishing, and he was widely acknowledged as the greatest fisherman this area has ever seen, and as Johnny would say, "he didn't go fishing, he went catching." He also enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Faye Renner; one daughter and son-in-law, Danah and Blake Weese of Murfreesboro; one son, Michael and Ashley Renner of Benton; his mother, Lorene Ricker Renner of Calhoun; two grandchildren, Jules and Brody Weese of Murfreesboro; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Barbara Renner of Cleveland; two sisters and brother-in-law, Judy and Bill Womac of Riceville and Janice Renner of Georgetown; two nephews and spouses, Jimmy Allen and Nikki Renner of Charleston and Jeff and Leslie Womac of Riceville; one niece and spouse, Carolyn and Brent Burgess of Riceville; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, in the chapel of Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens, with the Rev. Garry King officiating.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Calhoun Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Blake Weese, Brody Weese, Billy Nichols, Ricky Powers, Jackson Hilton, Jimmy Allen Renner and Ron Sherell.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Those unable to attend may send condolences to



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