Mr. Wayne Thacker, age 77, of Cumberland Gap, TN was born October 15, 1943, in Middlesboro, KY and passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at his home with his wife by his side. He was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Wayne was a veteran of the US Navy and after serving his country he worked as an aircraft mechanic with American Airlines for 40 years. He enjoyed RC planes, working with stained glass, country-western dancing, and spending time with his wife Mary.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Martha (Johns) Thacker; brother, Tommy Thacker.
He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Thacker; children, Jeffrey Thacker and wife Michelle; Angie Bruce and husband Jeff; David Gauvey and wife Dana; Steven Gauvey and wife Leena; Julie Murray and husband Patrick; grandchildren, Sagan, Gareth, and Rillian Thacker; Hannah Bruce; Samantha, Holden, and Brianna Gauvey; Joshua and Olivia John; Lauren and Kayla Murray; great grandson, Anthony Gauvey; sister, Shirley Novak; sister-in-law, Cheryl Thacker. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of many other loving relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 2PM until 4PM with funeral services to follow at 4PM in the Arnett & Steele Valley Chapel with Rev. Bobby Partin officiating. Music will be provided by Wanda Partin and full military honors will be provided by Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard.
The Arnett & Steele Valley Chapel is honored to be serving the Thacker Family.