James "Jim"'s Story

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James "Jim" Vestal Hamby, 80, of Crossville, TN, passed away Dec. 8, 2016. He was born Sept. 4, 1936, in Cumberland County, TN, the son of James Lawrence and Jessie Margaret Redwine Hamby.
Jim was well known for his 37 years as a radio announcer and engineer with WAEW, WCSV and WATE-TV. He rode a bus to Atlanta at the age of 16 to take engineering and he took all three tests and rode back home, in the very same day. He will also be remembered for playing music in the movie "Worley Gig of Life." He was an avid wine maker and jeweler as well as a cabinet maker. He also studied Native American culture.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Evelyn Hamby of Crossville; son, James Robert Jim Hamby and his wife Kathy of Crossville; daughter, Elna Rose Hamby Sabine and her husband Jay of Crossville; grandchildren, Tiffany Melton, Jacqueline Hamby, Summer Hamby, Rebecca Dawn Johnson and James Josh Huff; and great grandson, Easton Melton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers Cliff and Bruce Hamby.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at 2 p.m. from the chapel of Hood Funeral Home. Chaplain Deb Douglas officiated with burial in Grassy Cove Cemetery.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on December 15, 2016
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