Bill

Bill DeBusk

September 6, 2017

James Billie DeBusk (Bill), age 86, of New Tazewell, passed away Wednesday September 6, 2017. He was saved while attending a tent revival at an early age, and was a charter member of Midway Baptist Church of New Tazewell. Born and raised in Claiborne County, he spent his life dedicated to the community. Starting as a young boy, he was a farmer and later became a butcher, known by the locals as the "Meat Man." In 1959, he and his wife Eva, opened Tazewells Florist. Some of his many accomplishments included: Democratic Chairman for Claiborne County, Mayor of New Tazewell, Circuit Court Clerk of Claiborne County, County Commissioner, Board Member of Claiborne County Hospital, member of the Claiborne County Planning Commission, President of Claiborne County Jaycees, Member of the Masons and President of the Lion's Club. While running for office his motto was: "A Democrat for the working man." A few of his many contributions while in office included: instrumental in establishing Powell Valley Electric, the local Police and Fire Departments, low-income housing, and expanding water and sewage utilities to Claiborne County. As a lifelong Vol fan, he rarely missed a home or away game. He will always be remembered for his giving nature and the love he had for his community. He was preceded in death by his late wife, Eva Duncan DeBusk; father Edgar Otis DeBusk; mother Eliza West DeBusk; sister Ann Poore Chittum. He is survived by wife Peggy Cosby DeBusk; sons David L. DeBusk and wife, Teresa, Douglas L. DeBusk and wife, Becky; stepdaughter Melissa C. Johnson and husband, Lucas; grandchildren: Tyler DeBusk (Haley), Jared DeBusk (Sarah), Hayley DeBusk Relford (Patrick), Abby DeBusk Dickenson (Drew), Grant Johnson and Kennedy Johnson; great-grandson: Jonah DeBusk; sister Peggy DeBusk Dodson (Don); many nieces, nephews, family and friends. The family will receive friends Friday, September 8, 2017 from 4PM until 7PM with funeral services to follow at 7PM at Midway Baptist Church with Pastor Ronnie Pressnell officiating, Eulogy by David Stanifer and obituary reading by Rev. Tyler DeBusk. Music will be provided by Haley DeBusk and Dr. Richard Clark. Graveside services will be conducted Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10AM in the Fairview Cemetery with special dedications by his granddaughters Hayley Relford, Abby Dickenson and Kennedy Johnson. Closing benediction prayer by Rev. Bill Duncan. Pallbearers: Grant Johnson, Jared DeBusk, Billy Wayne Poore, Gary Estes, Earl Ingle and Jim Dodson Honorary Pallbearers: Roger Standifer, Evelyn Hill, Jackie Rosenbalm, Wayne Lee, Franklin Russell, David Ray & Claiborne County Sheriffs Dept., County Officials, County Court, New Tazewell Mayor and City Council and Members of the Judiciary In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children's Hospital by calling (800)395-1087 and giving the Memorial ID: 11063305. Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family.
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