John Samuel "Sam" Wattenbarger, 81, of Crossville, passed away July 19, 2016. He was born Aug. 18, 1934, in Cumberland County, TN, the son of Horace and Stella Atkinson Wattenbarger. He was retired after many years as an iron worker with TVA and was also a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
He was a loving father to his children and for 52 years, a loving and devoted husband to Winnie.
He is survived by his sons, Donald and wife Melinda and Robbie and wife Lydia all of Crossville; daughter, Grace Mendolia and husband Emilio of San Antonio, TX; sisters, Geneda Ashburn, Delphia Perry (John), Lois VanEmburg and Wanda Hale (Jimmy); and grandchildren, Bethany, John, Sarah, Emily and Ben Wattenbarger and Samuel Mendiola.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Winnie Wattenbarger.
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 21, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Liberty Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Wednesday also at the church. Burial will be in Cold Springs Cemetery.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  July 21, 2016