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02-03-2005, 08:16
A friend of the A.T. for many years, SAM WADDLE (http://www.fred.net/kathy/at/waddle.html) has passed away in Greeneville, TN.

ATN article (http://www.appalachiantrail.org/about/pubs/atn/archive/ATN02Sep.pdf)


02-03-2005, 08:31
Sam Waddle Obit

Samuel W. Waddle
Died: 02-01-2005 Samuel W. Waddle, 83, of Sam Waddle Lane, Chuckey, the Pleasant Hill community, died Tuesday morning at Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Waddle was a farmer.

He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, lay speaker, and served on the building committee, as long as his health permitted.

Mr. Waddle was a veteran of World War II.

He was an avid hiker, enjoying hiking the Appalachian Trail. He was a member of Appalachian Trail Life and an honorary life member of Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association.

He was caretaker of Jerry’s Cabin Shelter, located on the AT between Ball Mountain Lookout and Round Knob.

Mr. Waddle was a Forest Service volunteer.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years: Zella Miller Waddle; two sons and daughters-in-law: Haskell and Linda Waddle and Dale and Barbara Waddle, all of Greeneville; four grandchildren and their spouses: Duane and Tracey Waddle of Spring Hill, and Stephen and Katie Waddle, Scott Waddle, and Ashley Waddle, all of Greeneville; two great-grandchildren: Lesley Waddle and Brianna Waddle; two brothers and a sister-in-law: Charles Lebert Waddle and Rex Waddle, both of Pleasant Hill; five sisters and a brother-in-law: Ann Bohannon of Orlando, Fla., Sadie and Webster Broyles of the Cedar Grove community, Bonnie Lamb of the South Central community, Emma Holt of Marion, Ind., and Blanche Locke of Ponte Vedra, Fla.; a sister-in-law: Mary Kurina of Lake Anne, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Waddle was a son of the late N.B. and Allie Fox Waddle and was preceded in death by two brothers: Bruce Waddell and Frank Waddle.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Kiser Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon at Pleasant Hill UM Church with interment in the church cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Walter Isley and Gordon Miller will officiate.

Veterans of Foreign Wars, Andrew Johnson Post #1990, the American Legion Post #64, and the Tennessee National Guard will conduct a military graveside service.

The body will be taken to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be Bill Holt, Jimmy Lamb, Ronnie Lamb, Vann Snapp, Mike Snapp, Tim Waddle, Glea Waddle, and Jerry Fox.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends, neighbors, Dr. Ben Keebler, his hiking friends, and fellow members of The Appalachian Trail Long Distance Hikers Association.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill UM Church, c/o Nita Dunbar, 65 Shaw Road, Chuckey, TN 37641, or to Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Pat Fox, 785 Pleasant Hill Road, Chuckey, TN 37641.

TJ aka Teej
02-03-2005, 08:47
Thanks, Jaybird

02-03-2005, 08:53
Thanks Jaybird. A loss to the Trail and a loss to us all. However, what a wonderful legacy to leave along with his footprints along the Trail.

Lone Wolf
02-03-2005, 09:17
I met him various times while hiking. He always left cokes and goodies at the shelter. He put in THOUSANDS of hours of volunteer trail maintaining. A good man.