Wayne Robert Shultis
Born in 1945, Wayne Robert Shultis, son of Irving and Florence (VanEtten) Shultis, grew up in Bradenton, FL. It was there that he studied civil engineering and construction receiving degrees in both. He was a project engineer overseeing many new bridge projects on the west coast of Florida before moving his family to the Cumberland Plateau in 1977. He continued to pursue his passion when he partnered with his brother, Richard Shultis, to begin Shultis Construction in Crossville. Together, they built many homes and businesses in the Cumberland County area before he retired in 2014.
Wayne was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. An outdoorsman, he loved fishing and was an avid hunter. He also enjoyed showing his Ford Model T truck and sharing his automobile knowledge with other enthusiasts. Wayne sought to live an honest and simple life. His goodness was infectious, and his zest and warmth made him a magnet for the young and old alike.
He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Elizabeth (Beth) (Maier) Shultis; his daughters, Lisa Cring (Bobby) of Monterey, Gina Seitz (Robert) of Gainesboro and Heidi Barnwell of Crossville.
He will be lovingly remembered as "Poppy" by his grandchildren, Jennifer Clouse (Danny) of Cookeville, Erica Beene (Randall) of Coalfield, Natosha Copeland (Tyler) of Oak Ridge, Jonathan Floyd (Nikki) of Kingston, Courtney Hargis of Crossville, Andrew Cring (Ashley) of Crossville, and Zachary Barnwell of Crossville; and his great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Max, Parker, Landry, Lilly, Allie, Mallory, Remington and Kenzington.
He is also survived by his brothers, Richard and Dean Shultis, a host of nieces and nephews, and many, many great friends.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research or a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Crossville Memorial Funeral Home on Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. with Bro. Mark Hall officiating.
Crossville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on November 11, 2019


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Bill and Linda Buttstead
Nov 16, 2019
In 1969 Linda and I (Bill) moved to Bradenton. Linda had picked up a few bottles up north before we moved. The hobby continued in Florida. It was then that we saw an article about Wayne and his Dad collecting bottles. We contacted Wayne and Beth, they were very helpful in including us in the collecting hobby and introduced us to a club in the area. Little did I know that had I just met the best friend and person we would know. We dug bottles together, and became partners in buying, selling and trading together. Also at a show in Jacksonville, we became partners in buying and selling large sharks teeth together. We enjoyed doing bottles shows together until 1977 when they moved to T...ennessee. We still talked on the phone about our hobbies. What amazed me was how he was always so positive and upbeat even though he was going through several illnesses. He set a great example for anyone who knew him. I will always miss him, and I know he's in Heaven. I hope some day I make it up there to see him again. Bill and Linda Buttstead.Read more
Laird and Jeanene Smith
Nov 14, 2019
Wayne was a Great Man. He was Honest and Fair in everything he did. We had many of the same interests thru the years, and he will be greatly missed by all of us who knew him well. He never lost his sense of humor. Many Prayers to Beth and the Family.
Laird and Jeanene
Linda Mccloud
Nov 13, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss I am praying for the family
Loria Hubbard
Nov 13, 2019
I am deeply sorry for this unfathomable loss. In you, his family, his memory, values, and understanding of the meaning of life live on. I hope you hold fast to one another and cherish all the great memories you have of your husband, father, and grandfather, who meant so much to all of you. You all are in my prayers as you navigate these troubled waters.
Lonnie Kirkland
Nov 12, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Worked around him for many years at Fairfield. Always a smile and just an all around good man. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Connie and Joe Myers
Nov 11, 2019
The world has lost a wonderful man. Wayne was such a good friend of ours, many of the same interests. We always had good times together. Many, many fond memories. He will be missed.
Connie and Joe