Mr. Jason Pankey, Jr. age 82 of Smithville and a long-time resident of Murfreesboro, passed away Sunday afternoon at his residence. Mr. Pankey was born May 13, 1935 in Kentucky. He was preceded in death by his mother, Pauline Adcox Dickens.
A graduate of Central High School in Murfreesboro and attended Middle Tennessee State for 2 years, he worked as a cabinet and furniture maker for Bell Brothers and then Haynes Brothers. He eventually opened his own business and built houses until his retirement about 20 years ago, when he and Mrs. Betty moved to Smithville to be close to Center Hill Lake.
In his younger days, he enjoyed deer hunting with his friends and in retirement, his passion was fishing.
Mr. Pankey was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving in the Navy Seabees for 31 years and was a member of the Murfreesboro First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Jo Faulkner Pankey of Smithville; 1 son, Jason Pankey, III and wife, Mary of Murfreesboro; 2 grandsons, Jason Isaac Pankey and Ryan Nathaniel Pankey; special friends, Jeff and Susan Goldstein and family; several nieces and nephews in the Middle Tennessee area also survive.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at DeKalb Funeral Chapel. Bro. Isaac Gray and Tommy Webb officiated with burial following in DeKalb Cemetery with Military Honors by the Veterans Honor Guard.
Pallbearers Tommy Tucker, James Rucker, Andrew Alberd, Zach Goldstein, Jeff Goldstein, and Brandon Walker
Honorary Oallbearers Bobby Tucker, Jeremy Judkins, Robert Tucker, Jeff Bratcher, Dale Harvey, Norman Underhill, Leonard Davis, and Doug Golightly
DeKalb Funeral Chapel, Smithville, TN was in charge of the arrangements.
May 24, 2017