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Johnnie R Moorehead

December 18, 1938 ~ May 13, 2017 (age 78)

 Johnnie Randall “Randy” Moorehead passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. He was born on December 18, 1938 in Winchester, TN to Hazel Irene Bowell Moorehead and Johnie Alexander Moorehead. He was preceded in death by his parents. Randy is survived by his wife, Linda Travis Moorehead; daughter, Carrie Crabtree (Seth); two grandchildren, Jack Alexander Crabtree and Peyton Olivia Crabtree; one brother, Billy Moorehead (Lisa); and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Randy was a member of the Franklin County High School’s undefeated 1956 football team. After graduating from Franklin County High School, Randy attended Tennessee Tech on a football scholarship. He was employed by Sverdrup Technology, Inc., at Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma as an instrument technician for 41 years, from which he retired in 2000 as a craft supervisor.

Randy met his wife, Linda, who was visiting from Miami, FL, on a blind date the summer of 1956 in Winchester. They married on June 19, 1964, and would have celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary in June. In 1977, their daughter, Carrie Lee, was born. For many years their lives were filled with dance recitals and softball, baseball, and soccer games.

Randy enjoyed collecting antique fishing lures, duck calls, and duck decoys. He also collected Winchester, TN memorabilia, as well as Tennessee sports memorabilia. His collection of Tennessee sports memorabilia was honored in 1999 by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Randy was a member of the National Fishing Lure Collectors Club (NFLCC) and the Duck Call Collectors Association and was Regional Vice President of the NFLCC for two terms. He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, and a Shriner. He was a life member of Ducks Unlimited. As a result, he had friends all over the U. S., with whom he communicated regularly. He will be sorely missed by them, as they met frequently throughout the year, for over 36 years, and enjoyed their shared interests, with many a laugh due to Randy’s antics.

Randy was a member of the Winchester First United Methodist Church. He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor and his love of and dedication to his family. He adored his two grandchildren, who called him “Papa,” and enjoyed taking his grandson Jack fishing, watching him play in his various sports, and teaching him how to do so many things; he loved to watch his granddaughter Peyton perform her latest dance moves and hear of her latest antics. He was always willing to be a helping hand to his family and neighbors, as he was able to “fix” or build most anything, which he learned from his father, who was the proprietor of Moorehead Electric on the Winchester square for many years, and from his work at Arnold Engineering Development Center. If there are any fix-it jobs in Heaven, we know he will be the first one to volunteer to ensure the job is done correctly because that was just his nature. He was an honorable, decent man, who will be missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Winchester 1st United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Visitation is scheduled for Wednesday, May 17, from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., at the Winchester 1st United Methodist Church, followed by the service. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester. Funeral arrangements by Watson-North Funeral Home.   


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