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Coach Bobby Waye

September 27, 1943 — January 4, 2023

Coach Bobby Waye

Coach Bobby Waye, 79, of Kingsport, TN, went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 4, 2023, with his family at his side, following a brief illness. Born in Hawkins County on September 27, 1943, a son of the late Lawrence and Nellie Waye; he has resided in this area his entire life. Bob graduated from Lynn View High School in 1961. He graduated from ETSU with a BS in Education and a Masters from Union College. Bob married Ann Duncan Waye on December 19, 1965. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served aboard the USS Jupiter while serving in San Diego and Okinawa, Japan. He retired from Sullivan County Schools in 2003 following 37 years of service. Coach was a lifelong mentor and friend to many. Two of his fondest memories were coaching the “Golden Smurfs” to 2 state championships in baseball and following his grandson Zac and the DB Golf Team to the state tournament. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend who loved to coach a game of basketball or brag on his family and grandchildren. In more recent years, he enjoyed catching up with high school classmates, former coaches, and athletes he had coached over the years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Billy and Roy Waye; and sister, Erma Lee Ward.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann Duncan Waye; children, Scott (Dixie) Waye and April (Andy) Fletcher; five grandchildren, Taylor (Christian) Tate, Lily Waye, Emily Waye, Zachery Fletcher, and Kaile Fletcher; precious great-granddaughter, Lilah Tate; along with several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the ICU staff and hospice care team at Holston Valley Medical Center. We would like to extend our sincere appreciation and heartfelt love to our sisters in love, Shirley Waye and Faye (Robert) Gryder, who have tirelessly been by our side throughout Bob’s illness.

The family will receive friends from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 8, 2023, at West View Missionary Baptist Church. The service will follow with Mike Stout officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Shiner’s Hospital For Children, P.O. Box 947765, Atlanta, GA 30394.

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Visitation

Sunday, January 8, 2023

2:30 - 4:30pm (Eastern time)

West View Baptist Church

Kingsport, TN

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Funeral Service

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Starts at 4:30pm (Eastern time)

West View Baptist Church

Kingsport, TN

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