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March 14, 2015 Virgil Thomas Eller, 77, of Murfreesboro, TN, passed away March 14, 2015, at St. Thomas-Rutherford County in Murfreesboro, TN. He was born in Crossville to James and Lena Mae Eller. He lost his mother at a very young age. He was then blessed with another mother, Arnetta Eller. He was the oldest of ten children. He left home to join the U.S. Army. After his time in the U.S. Army, he started his career in truck driving. He began by driving a cement mixer and soon moved on to tractor trailers. He drove for 35 years. He drove for Mountain Farm Bakery (Crossville), then he moved to Murfreesboro where he worked for Alton Box/Jefferson Surfitt until he retired. He was a father to four children, Kay, Gary, Toni and Debbie. He enjoyed taking them to amusement parks and camping. He shared his love for boating and motorcycle riding with them as well. As a grandfather of three, Lynn, Lucas and Larry, he shared his love of 4-wheeling and shooting, teaching the boys how to shoot and ride and making Lynn feel that she was his special little girl always. After his retirement as a truck driver, he moved back to Crossville where he spent time hunting with his cousins. He lived a quiet life near the woods that he loved so well. He stayed in Crossville until about five years ago when he moved to Murfreesboro with his children and grandchildren. He loved to tell stories of his days in truck driving and of his years of growing up in Crossville. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tom and Daisy Eller and Virgil and Melissa Hale; father, James Eller; mothers, Lena Mae Hale Eller and Arnetta Myers Eller; brothers, Kenny, Jimmy and Carl Eller; and sister, Chick Meade. He is survived by his daughters, Deborah Carlson, Kay Stockton and Toni Parker, all of Murfreesboro; son, Gary Stockton of Murfreesboro; grandchildren, Lynn, Larry and Lucas Parker, all of Murfreesboro; brothers, Hoss and Eddie Eller, both of Crossville; and sisters, Carol Seiber and Margaret Campbell, both of Crossville, and Lois Macke of Cincinnati, OH. Funeral services were held at Bilbrey Funeral Home March 17, with Bro. Vern Daugherty officiating. Interment was in Akins Cemetery. Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on  March 19, 2015
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