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Gladys Faulkner Bohanan, 104, of Crossville, passed away Thursday, July 21, 2016. Gladys was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She came to Cumberland County with her husband in 1936. He was employed by the University of Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Department involved in the development of the Homesteads project.
She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday school for many years and serving as committee chairman during the writing of the church history, as well as committee secretary to draft the first church constitution. She also worked in the business community for over 30 years, including the Selective Service Board during World War II.
Gladys was very active in various community service groups such as Art Circle, Home Demonstration Club and the first Tree Board of Cumberland County. She enjoyed such hobbies as reading, writing, knitting and oil painting.
She was receded in death by husband, Earl L. Bohanan Sr.; parents, J.G. and Olive (Weaver) Faulkner; three sisters; son-in-law, Robert E. Bilbrey; and grandson, James Scott Bohanan.
Gladys is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Earl and Beverly Bohanan of St. Charles, MO; daughter, Carolyn Bilbrey of Maryville; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Richard Heischman of Crossville; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 25, at Bilbrey Funeral Home, Crossville, with the Rev. Richard Hinton (nephew) officiating. Burial will be in Crossville City Cemetery.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on July 26, 2016
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