Kenneth "Wayne" Sewell
Mar 23, 2013
Kenneth \"Wayne\" Sewell
March 23, 2013
Kenneth \"Wayne\" Sewell, 61, known by his friends as \"Bigfoot\" and his truck driving peers as \"Grasshopper,\" went home to be with Jesus on Saturday morning, March 23, 2013.
He was born May 15, 1951, to Jay and Geneva Sewell and lived all his live on the Sewell farm in Athens. He went to grammar school at Hillsview and graduated in 1969 from Calhoun High School, having gone all 12 years without missing a day.
He had a successful basketball career while at Calhoun as \"The Mule.\" His highlight game was against McMinn County High School when he scored more than 40 points from the lower right corner - and shots only counted two points in those days, he was quick to say.
He turned down a basketball scholarship to pursue his dream of being a professional over-the-road truck driver. And a pro he was. He worked more than 31 years for Magic Chef/Maytag and spent the last 10 years with First Fleet in Cleveland. He had driven millions of miles into 48 of the United States and made friends and acquaintances in all of them.
Once you met Wayne, you didn\'t forget him. He loved spending time with his family, friends, his horses and his dog and riding the open road on motorcycles. He and his wife, Edna, traveled many miles across God\'s great country seeing the sights. He was an avid supporter of the Godspot Blockparty in Decatur and helped organize and lead the Godspot Motorcycle Ride for the past nine years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jay Sewell; and his grandparents, Jess and Bertha Goforth and Thomas and Mahala Sewell.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Edna Smith Sewell of Athens; two children: his daughter, Tiffany Mitchell and her husband, Andy, of Decatur, and his son, Dusty Sewell of Murfreesboro; three precious granddaughters whom he thought hung the moon, Lexy, CoCo and Channing Mitchell, all of Decatur; his mother, Geneva Goforth Sewell of Athens; one sister, Faye Renner and her husband, Johnny, of Calhoun; six nephews; six nieces; and many, many \"special friends.\"
The viewing will be Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bowers Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shiloh Baptist Church in Decatur, where he was a member.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Renner, Danny Smith, Rusty Smith, Jeff Smith, David Collins, Bobby Cass, Joey Fritts, Michael Renner and Shaun Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be his driving buddies: Martin Heifner, Lee Whitted, Wayne Brown, William Cos, Jimmy Lawson, Freddie Stewart, Jerry Oliver and Rick Hamby.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Godspot Blockparty, 2910 Mt. Carmel Rd., Decatur, TN 37322.
Go to www.bowersfh.com to sign the guestbook and offer your condolences.
Bowers Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of arrangements.