Larry “Jack” Bunton
Published 4:07 pm Friday, October 15, 2021
2nd Timothy 4-7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
Larry “Jack” Bunton went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Elizabethton on January 8, 1948 to the late Raud and Helen Medearis Bunton. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Ray Bunton; sister, Lynda Sue Bunton Greene; and son-in-law, Charlie Blevins.
Jack was a member of Valley Forge Free Will Baptist Church and served as Deacon of East Side Free Will Baptist Church for 35 years. He was a 1967 graduate of Elizabethton High School and a graduate of ETSU. He retired from Carter County Schools where he was a teacher and principal at Central and Happy Valley Elementary Schools.
Jack served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era, earning the Bronze Star and participating in Apollo 10 recovery pickup. His greatest joy was spending time with and traveling with family. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Alice Nave Bunton; son, Jason (Lori) Bunton; daughter, Janean Blevins; four grandchildren, Danielle (Jerrod) Bunton Thornton, Katie Bunton, Caleb (Maggie) Blevins and Alyceson Blevins; a great-grandson, Mason Thornton; brother, Bill (Connie) Bunton; brother-in-law, Terry (Carolyn) Nave; sister-in-law, Joyce (Charles) Savage; and several nieces and nephews.
The graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 19, at Mountain Home National Cemetery (New Section), 215 Heroes Drive, Mountain Home, with the Rev. Randy Johnson and the Rev. Mark Potter officiating. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday, will be Caleb Blevins, Jerrod Thornton, Aaron Bunton, Jeff Carr, Justin Deaton, Kirk McLaughlin and Dennis Barnes. Honorary pallbearers will be James Watkins, Lynn England, Jim Troutman, Sandy Carr, Bill and Phyllis Cline and the Deacons of East Side Free Will Baptist Church. We would like to thank Amedisys Home Health and Hospice, Angela Morton and Teresa Whitehead for their care and comfort. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Friends may register their presence at the funeral home from from noon until 5 p.m. Monday; family will not be present. Family and friends will assemble at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m. Tuesday. Condolences may be sent to the family at our website, www.memorialfcelizabethton.com.
Memorial Funeral Chapel is serving the Bunton family.