Robert Don Wormsley Sr., age 91 of Caryville peacefully entered Heaven’s gate in the early morning of Saturday April 30th. It is with peaceful hearts we are certain he was met by his true love JoAnn whom he longed to see and stroll together on streets of gold. Many loved ones were awaiting his arrival. While he will be greatly missed and remembered by many, we know he is rejoicing with his savior and no longer in pain. Don was a lifelong member of Caryville First Baptist Church where he loved singing in the choir and was always ready to sing when requested. He loved church socials and gathering with his church family. He was a member of Campbell County Masonic Lodge #778 and a US ARMY Veteran. He retired after 33 years of service with Swans (Sunbeam) Bread Company and then went on to work at Cross-Smith Funeral Home, and the 1st Volunteer Bank. He was always ready with a smile and a hug. He loved working in his wood shop and making brittle at Christmas. Watching Tennessee sports, Andy Griffith, and listening to coon dogs were some of his favorite things. He loved and was so proud of his buddy and companion “Smokey”. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 69 years JoAnn Mattie Wormsley. Parents Tom and Ida Wormsley, sisters Emily Price, Anna Mae Smiddy, and Mary Ruth Whitus. Brothers John Morgan Wormsley and Frank Wormsley.


Sons: Donnie (Donna) Wormsley of Maryville and David (Callie) Wormsley of Jacksboro.

Daughters: Susie (Steve) Nelson of Jacksboro and Angie (Kevin) Wells of Knoxville.

Sisters: Betty Longmire of Knoxville and Katie Locke of Ohio.

Grandchildren: Travis (Renee) Wormsley, Josh Wormsley, Allison Wormsley, Shannon (Jenny) Nelson, Shaniel (Chris) Johnson, David Wormsley Jr., Patrick Lamb, Tanner Carson, Hayden Wells.

Great-Grandchildren: Destiny and Paxton Wormsley. Lynley, Jasper, and Jensen Nelson. Madison, Caleb, and Kyden Johnson. Mason Wormsley and Ally Lamb.

The family extends a special thank you to his caregivers Donna Sweat Carroll and Mary Lee Hamilton, Lisa and Billy Dills, Donald Ray Cross and Robert and Mallory Adkins.

Family will receive friends 5-7 PM Monday May 2 at Caryville 1st Baptist Church with funeral service to follow. Rev. George Bolinger, and Rev. Gary Parker officiating. Family and friends will meet 10 AM Tuesday May 3 at Cross-Smith Funeral Home and proceed to Campbell Memorial Gardens for 11 AM Interment service with military honors provided by the Campbell County Honor Guard.

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Arrangements by Cross-Smith Funeral Home

One Reply to “Robert Don Wormsley Sr., age 91 of Caryville”

  1. So sorry to hear the passing of Mr.Wormsley.He was such.a kind,gentle, caring man.I sure will miss all the great brittle he would make especially around Christmas time.He was just a good guy.Prayers for all his Family and Friends! We all will miss you.RIP.

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