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Earnest O. Gann, 85

Earnest O. Gann, age 85, of the Union Camp Community in Macon County, Tenn., passed away July 11, 2009, at Macon County General Hospital. Funeral services were conducted Tues., July 14, 2009 from the Alexander Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Jerry Shrum and Elder Glen Brawner officiating. Interment followed in the Macon County Memorial Gardens.

Earnest Odell Gann was born on April 25, 1924 in Macon County, Tenn. to the late Charlie Wesley and Nora Jane Grant Gann. Besides his parents; son, Roger Dale Gann, brother, William Gann, sister, Gradie Gammons, and son-in-law, Therman Coy Miller, also preceded him in death. He married the former Alice Audue Kelley on July 18, 1945, sharing sixty-four wonderful years together and raising two children, Audue survives. Earnest was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII after Pearl Harbor was bombed. He was a life-long farmer who enjoyed, cattle farming, growing tobacco, hay, and large gardens. Earnest had several hobbies; he loved reading, bee-keeping, raising chickens and ducks, working cross-word puzzles, and doing cross-stitching. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Earnest would always be there for them, with camera in hand; whether it be a beauty pageant or graduations. He and Audue enjoyed spending their time together, picking up apples, peeling, cutting, and drying them, canning their harvest, and preparing canned goods. They would enter their exhibits in the Macon County Fair. Earnest was saved and joined Sycamore Valley Missionary Baptist Church on Dec. 14, 1936 at the age of twelve. He later became a deacon of the church were he was a dedicated member. He also enjoyed traveling to Hominy Valley and listening to various gospel groups. He was told at one time “I can’t keep up with you. You go all the time.” Besides his wife, Audue, he is lovingly survived by; daughter, Patricia Ann Miller, and daughter-in-law, Wanda Jean Gann all of Lafayette, Tenn., grandchildren, Katrina Annette (Ruebon) Rolin, Regina Dies, Anthony Miller, Shannon (Patrick) Malone, Melissa (Shane) Bates, Leslie (Dwight) Gass all of Lafayette, Tenn., sixteen great-grandchildren, seven step-great grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, four step-great-great-grandchildren, and host of other family and friends.