J. Frank Meisamer
On Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020, J. Frank Meisamer, beloved husband and father, died at age 89. He was born March 29, 1930, in Pleasant Hill, to Frank Sr. who was superintendent of the hospital in Pleasant Hill and Frances Helena (Hancock) who was director of nursing at the same institution.
He received a bachelor's degree in accounting from Tennessee Tech and a master's in hospital administration from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. While at Northwestern University, he received the M.T. MacEachern award in 1961 given for exceptional achievement in the study of hospital administration.
As a hospital administrator, he worked in Memphis, Chattanooga and Maryville, TN, with the position at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville lasting two months shy of 20 years. After this he worked as regional director for the American Hospital Association (Region 4-six Southeastern states and Puerto Rico), leaving that position in August of 1994. He concluded his career doing part time consulting for TEAM Health until 2001.
He was a past president of The Tennessee Hospital Association and a diplomat of The American College of Health Care Executives. He received numerous service awards throughout his career.
Frank was a member of the Masons for over 60 years and a past president of the Crossville Jaycees. His hobbies included photography, travel, camping and fishing. He was a very compassionate being that loved life, loved the people around him and demonstrated these frequently with a humorous side that will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Ann Lee (Cunningham) Meisamer; children, Frances Suzann (Bryan) Knuckles and Monte (Terri) Meisamer; grandchildren, Edward Knuckles and Ann Lee (John) Knuckles-Mahoney; and great-grandchild Hazel Suzann Knuckles-Mahoney.
Service arrangements to be determined at a later date.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on January 29, 2020


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Feb 01, 2020
A dear and loving father and grandfather who will be missed more than words can express.
Johnny Rosen
Jan 31, 2020
We only met a few times but every time we were together he was a happy interesting sophisticated gentleman.
Jan 31, 2020
Monte and Family,
So very sorry for the loss of your loved one . May his love comfort you always. May his loving memories bring you peace.
With deepest sympathy and prayers
Elizabeth Cunningham
Jan 30, 2020
The best brother-in-law ever!