KNOXVILLE – Jack Edward Huntoon, Jr., 63, left this land on September 25, 2021 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Jack was born July 14, 1958 in Kingsport, Tennessee, to the late Jack Edward Huntoon, Sr. and Donna Martin Huntoon. Jack graduated from Dobyns Bennett High School in 1976, where he played football, was on the video production team, and cultivated friendships that lasted his entire life. After losing his parents at a young age, the late John and Marie Throp became his second parents, and subsequently the honorary grandparents of his children.
Jack has worn many hats in his life, starting with a coming of age with Bandit Lites in Knoxville. He shared many adventures and collected interesting stories during his time as a bandit, and his experience there allowed him to recommend a great place to stay and a great place to eat pretty much anywhere in America. With a home port in Knoxville, Jack’s circle of friends put him in touch with his future wife. It wasn’t love at first sight, but it was love at first sight, and from 1985 Jack’s life partner was Michelle White Huntoon. They were married on January 2, 1987. After moving to Memphis in 1989, Jack graduated in 1990 with a BA in economics from Memphis State University.
The 90s saw the birth of Jack’s three children. Son Isaac Daley Huntoon, now married to Sarah Burleson Huntoon, daughter Abigail Marie Huntoon and daughter Joanna Gae Huntoon. Jack raised his children in a bottomless pit of unconditional love and support, instilling in them the values necessary to live their best lives.
Jack was a shining light to everyone who knew him. He had an easy smile, a burst of laughter, and a bright sparkle in his blue eyes. He rocked his mustache from the 70s until the early 2000s and had a curious mind that was constantly learning about the changing world around him. Her heart was always with her family, making sure they knew the full weather forecast wherever they went. His knowledge and love of music was unparalleled, conveying an appreciation to his children for everyone from the Doobie Brothers to Alison Krauss to Radiohead. Great music of all genres was heard from sunrise to sunset, and the Huntoon house was never silent. In Dan Fogelberg’s best sense, Jack was the frontman of the group.
He could sit and talk for hours on end about everything from space exploration to the Great British Baking Show, the restoration of the castle to World War II, in which his father served honorably as a United States Navy. -United. Although his knowledge of most areas is vast, it would never feel like a lecture. He was an outstanding team trivia player with his family, and Team Cell Block Tango was in the money more weeks than not. He was their fearless leader who always went all-in for the final round.
Jack was a member and former ordained of the New Providence Presbyterian Church in Maryville, Tennessee. From the first time he walked into the church, he felt right at home. It reminded him of the First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport, where his late grandmother Hazel Rue Huntoon was organist for many years. Jack’s faith was strong, real, and solid. He has lived his life with kindness and his hope for a better future has remained unwavering throughout the turbulence of recent years.
Jack’s last years were spent operating at TVA Kingston. His last job there involved processes that help keep our rain clean. He worked tirelessly to provide for his family and will be sadly missed.
Besides his wife and children, Jack is survived by his brother David Huntoon (Constance), of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; brother Marty Huntoon (Sabrina) of Knoxville, Tennessee; father and stepmother, Ken and Jo Anne White of Alcoa, Tennessee; sister-in-law Leigh Ann Overholt (Lonas) of Maryville, Tennessee; brother-in-law Steve White (Donna) of Plano, Texas; sister-in-law Leslie Dye (Dustin) of Alcoa, Tennessee; Beautiful borehole from Providence, Rhode Island; many beloved nieces and nephews who made his life richer.
A celebration of Jack’s life will be held on Saturday, October 16 at 4:00 p.m. at the New Providence Presbyterian Church, 703 West Broadway Avenue, Maryville, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made to the New Providence Welcome Table at the address listed. Welcome Table is a ministry to support anyone in need of a hot meal or companionship. Jack was all about building a bigger table, like the Christ he was serving.
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